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10 Best Conference Venues in Queenstown
by Raashka Mannie | 31 Mar 2020
From product launches to marketing events, conference venues are in high demand and finding the right one to suit the tone of your event can be a toss-up between space, technology and location. When picking the ideal conference venue in Queenstown, we’ve got you covered with the 10 best conference venues to choose from for all your professional needs. If you're looking for a comprehensive guide on Queenstown venues, you can find ours here.
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Suspended over Queenstown, Skyline is a conference venue that will dazzle like no other. Capable of hosting groups anywhere from 40 to 900, Skyline is available for partial hire or as an exclusive event centre for your conference. Unparalleled views serve as the backdrop to your conference, from mountain ranges to the cityscape, with the option of bespoke catering and special event activities for your guests. Skyline Queenstown has a dedicated events team to help plan, organise and manage your conference, ensuring that it’ll be smooth sailing all the way through.
Highlands Motorsport Park
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Located in Central Otago, Highlands Motorsport Park is a conference venue like no other. Not only do they offer themselves up as a conference venue, but also as a hotspot for fun activities and outings. As a venue, Highlands Motorsport Park 6 available spaces to hire: the Pit Lane Function Room, Private Members lounge, Museum, a breezy balcony, café and marquee option. They can host anywhere from 20 to 300 guests, making them an ideal choice for conferences. With on-site catering options and plenty of parking, this Queenstown venue makes itself exceptional - especially when you take in all the recreational activities they have to offer. Make your conference unforgettable with Highlands Motorsport Park.
Heritage Collection Lake Resort
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All your Queenstown conference needs is Heritage Collection Lake Resort, a luxury venue located just 5 km outside of Queenstown's CBD and a further 45 km from the airport. It offers gorgeous views of the mountain ranges and Pisa Moorings, with an overall boatshed theme that lends it a unique charm. This Queensotnw venue is settled over the sparkling waters of Lake Dunstan, with plenty of versatility and facilities such as on-site accommodation and delectable catering options for your conference. Host your conference at their Moorings Events Venue, suitable for up to 200 guests, or, for more intimate gatherings, Moorings Wine Bar & Restaurant that hosts up to 50 guests. Heritage Collection Lake Resort will make planning your conference in Queenstown a dream.
The Rees Hotel
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The Rees Hotel is a Queenstown venue boasting lovely views and impeccable service. This luxury hotel venue is in the heart of the city and a mere 5 km from the airport, making it as convenient as it is chic. The Rees Hotel specialises in hosting memorable conferences and is a Queenstown venue with so much to offer. They have 4 spaces for you to choose from, including the Conference Room (maximum capacity of 70), True South Dining Room (maximum capacity of 60), The Rees Penthouse (maximum capacity of 40) and The Rees Residence (maximum capacity of 50). Enjoy their incredible on-site catering and plush accommodation as you drink in views of the mountains and clear lake.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown
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Centrally located, Crowne Plaza Hotel is moments away from the heart of Queenstown and offers gorgeous views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. They have 4 separate and unique lakefront venues that can accommodate anywhere from 20 to 200 guests, with complimentary WiFi and the option of on-site catering. All their conference venues are flexible, filled with natural light and boasting stunning views of Queenstown. Crowne Plaza Hotel also offers a dedicated meetings and events team, focused on bringing your conference to life in the best way possible.
Queenstown Memorial Centre
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Recently renovated, Queenstown Memorial Centre sits within the middle of the Central Business District and is available throughout the year. With two versatile function spaces, an outdoor patio, commercial kitchen and adjacent recreational grounds, it boasts a malleable venue for any type of conference. Queenstown Memorial Centre is known to be one of the city’s larger event spaces, equipped with an in-house public address system, house lighting, three-phase power, and excellent audiovisual infrastructure.
Blanket Bay Lodge
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Step into luxury with Blanket Bay Lodge, renown as one of New Zealand’s finest alpine lodges. Amidst snow-capped peaks, Blanket Bay Lodge has consistently been voted one of the world’s best lodges and offers an elegant and intimate space for conferences. The Boardroom has gorgeous views of the lake, with breakout rooms for further discussion, as well as audiovisual equipment, complimentary WiFi, secretarial services, an in-house conference coordinator, airport transfers and so much more. Blanket Bay Lodge is committed to giving any smaller conference a modern yet lush edge, with their attention to detail and picturesque settings.
Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall
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Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall is a historic part of Queenstown, a mere 20-minute drive from the city centre and 15-minutes from the airport. The conference venue is a large, auditorium-style space, inclusive of a stage, dressing room and off-stage sections. The main hall can host up to 400 guests, whilst the smaller one, known as the supper-room, manages nearly 120. It has a commercial kitchen attached, and its rooms can be arranged into banquet-, theatre- or cocktail-style settings for your conference. A favourite with both tourists and locals, Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall is a beloved centrepiece of a small gold mining town that adds charm and character to any event.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
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With state-of-the-art facilities and a team committed to planning and managing your conference, Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront offer 2 modern and airy spaces for your event. The first conference room is filled with natural light and can hold up to 120 guests; the second conference room is more intimate and cosy, with a capacity of 60. Both these rooms can be combined into a larger, more flexible space that caters for up to 200 guests. The third conference room opens into their spacious courtyards and can hold up to 80 guests. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront provide adjustable lighting, audiovisual equipment, high-speed WiFi, and the ability to soundproof their conference rooms for the utmost privacy.
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Heritage Hotel is a contemporary yet cosy venue that perfectly balances business and pleasure. Boasting lovely views of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu, it’s an 18-minute drive from the airport and offers world-class service. Heritage Hotel has a professional conference team, complimentary WiFi, and 12 spaces to choose from for your conference. Their conference venues can hold anywhere from 12 to 250 guests, with flexible seating styles, outdoor and indoor options, and special, tailored packages designed to make your life all the easier. Many of their conference spaces can be combined or rearranged to form wider rooms for more guests or breakout areas for discussion and networking.
Queenstown Events Centre
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Queenstown Events Centre is a multi-purpose event space right at the foot of the Remarkables. With a capacity of 2000 guests and 2 breakout rooms, it is a conference centre for the most exciting of events and gatherings. Its size presents a whole host of adaptability for all event types, being the largest in the district, allowing the combination of its smaller spaces for added capacity. A stone’s throw away from the airport and a 10-minute drive from the city centre, Queenstown Events Centre has on-site catering, high-speed WiFi and dedicated event management for your conference.
Mercure Queenstown Resort
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Take in heavenly views of the flourishing gardens of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu with Mercure Queenstown Resort. 5-minutes from the heart of the city, this venue is a convenient and modern space for conferences with its central location and professional team. It has 3 different spaces for your conference (Aspen, Manata and Rises), holding anywhere from 10 to 90 guests with the choice of breakout rooms. Its balcony overlooks the stunning waters of the lake, on which you can enjoy a catered dinner, or visit The Lounge Bar for an à la carte dining option. Mercure Queenstown Resort offers high-speed WiFi and on-site accommodation, as well as staff committed to helping you to plan and organise your conference.
Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
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Resting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown is an idyllic venue for any conference. It’s a 5-minute walk from the city centre and is known for its particularly remarkable views of the lake and mountain ranges (which, in Queenstown, is saying something). With a friendly team there to help organise and manage your event, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown has 5 separate conference venues for you to choose from, holding anywhere from 5 to 500 guests. Each room is bathed in natural light, flexibly arranged and offers complimentary WiFi. Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown also has carefully tailored events packages to choose between, be it for residential or day conferences.