Vintage Edison Festoon for Old Forest School in New Zealand

Vintage festoon New Zealand

Vintage Edison Festoon for Old Forest School in New Zealand makes for a unique dining experience in the outdoors amongst a number of 1930’s rustic buildings.


Early in 1933, Pioneer tobacco farmers asked The Department of Education to build a school in the valley. Back in 2007 the McMahons made the bold decision to leave Auckland and purchase the now totally derelict country school in Pongakawa, Western Bay of Plenty. Some people said they were mad, and maybe they were right.Vintage-barn-lighting

Right from the start they didn’t see the broken windows, rusty roof, peeling paint and years of neglect. All they could see was the beauty of 5 acres of New Zealand’s history. Fast forward 6 years and it is a fabulous vintage venue now complete with vintage festoon lighting from Edison Light Globes.

Every evening they continue to blow my socks off !!! Looking forward to popping up the next set.

Old Forest School

Old Forest School is an historic vintage styled wedding and events venue set on five tranquil acres in the middle of a forest. From the original 1930’s schoolhouse, to the rustic barn, to the decades old trees, to the fully restored forestry cabins, Old Forest School will steal your heart and captivate your guests. Wedding ceremonies may be held in an authentic 1900’s school house or in a number of idyllic outdoor locations, in the gardens or under forest giants.

Also the  perfect venue for company planning days, functions or special events. You get use of the authentic school house, Redwood Stables, tennis court and grounds. There is lots to keep your team and guests entertained.  The Sports Shed on the tennis court is overflowing with gear, tennis, pétanque, croquet, cricket, hula hoops etc.  There is an old school playground and a kiwi primary school salt water pool.

Located 45 minutes from Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane in the serene Pongakawa Valley.

Photography: Little Miss Rose