Due to increasing demand for wedding receptions, in 2005 (after 8 years of also operating as an A la Carte restaurant), Trent’s became a function venue. This allows the whole day to be devoted to one wedding or function, ensuring that everything can be taken in a timely and stress-free manner. Creating a special experience for every one of our clients is our top priority. View the our history page and further venue details.

You are welcome to visit us, at Trent’s, to see the surroundings for yourself. A good time to come out is when we are setting up for another wedding which is most Fridays and Saturdays, from September to April, between 11 am and 1 pm. Please ask for the wedding information pack and take the time to view our wedding albums.


John and Sue

John and Sue Shanks have been the sole owners and managers of Trents since it opened in 1997. Prior to starting Trents they worked and traveled overseas for 15 years, eventually returning to raise their family and start a vineyard restaurant. They then spent 24 months planting the vineyard, designing, strengthening and restoring the historic chicory kilns to become the beautiful venue it is today, before finally opening in October 1997. The 50 acre property has been in the Shanks family for almost 50 years. The paddocks surrounding the venue are used for grazing horses and making hay, with the large field of daffodils providing a dazzling display for early spring weddings.

We welcome your feedback, so we can continue to improve and maintain “TRENTS” reputation as one of Canterbury’s leading wedding venues.

Head Chef – Sho Ishizuka

Sho has been with Trents since 2002 and has been Head Chef since 2007. His strengths are ensuring that every dish is consistently beautifully presented with wonderful flavours.  Sho runs the kitchen in a calm and orderly manner with a particular emphasis on cleanliness and neatness. Trent’s outstanding reputation for providing high quality cuisine is testament to his work.