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10 Best Conference Venues in Wellington
by Luke Ellery | 29 Oct 2020
Looking for a conference venue in Wellington? Then this list is perfect for you. Taking into account a few conference essentials including space, audio-visual tech, catering, and (of course) location, we've narrowed down the top choices in the city. Here are the best conference venues in Wellington. For even more venue options, take a lot at our comprehensive guide to Wellington venues here.
Willeston Conference Centre
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Willeston Conference Centre is here to make your Wellington conference run as smoothly as possible with free-flowing spaces, tranquil views of the harbour and close proximity to the CBD. This Wellington conference venue is equipped to handle conferences of every kind, offering full event management and secretarial services, as well as on-site catering for your upcoming event. Their professional and friendly team is always around to lend a hand, whether it's to help with your audiovisual needs or to help organise your conference. Willeston Conference Centre is Wellington's premier conference centre, hosting anywhere from 50 to 80 delegates in their spacious venue.
Grand Mercure Wellington
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With plenty of rooms bathed in natural light and a dedicated conference team that can cater to any number of guests, from 2 - 120, The Grand Mercure is a number one choice among Wellington conference venues. Grand Mercure Wellington offers four versatile conference spaces The Port Room, The Starboard Room, The Nautical Room, and the Abel Tasman Room. Another reason we love the Grand Mercure is that they regularly run conference deals on their website.
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A massive and stunning venue located about 25 minutes outside of the Wellington CBD: Wallaceville House offers onsite accommodation for multi-day conferences to keep your guests conveniently in one place. The thriving and well-manicured gardens serve to spark creativity in your attendees. Wallaceville House has two main conference rooms, both with generously sized breakaway areas and stunning views of the surrounding estate.
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Brentwood Hotel and Conference Centre offer what they describe as the complete package: extensive venue selection, an audiovisual solutions team, complete catering packages, and accommodation in Wellington. Being the closest hotel and conference space to the Wellington Airport, they have put in place a free shuttle service between Brentwood and the Wellington Airport to make it even easier for their high-flying guests. Brentwood has six conference spaces available and can host anywhere up to 500 guests depending on the venue setup.
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Cliftons is a dedicated conference venue that boasts the best views of Wellington. They are all about hosting corporate and educational events, so they supply a few things that your average venue space might not have thought about. A few things you can expect from Cliftons include acoustically treated walls, whiteboards, 360-degree magnetic strips, and ergonomic furniture. Cliftons prepares your room before you arrive, and while you are busy working, the team can prepare the breakaway room with a fully catered in house menu.
Terrace Conference Centre
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The Wellington Terrace Conference centre has 14 rooms spread out over four levels. They can fit up to 100 people in a room depending on the style of your event. Each level is a fully equipped conference space with high-speed wifi and client-controlled airconditioning. Terrace Conference Centre firmly believes that a successful conference requires good food, good space, and reliable equipment – they stand by this mantra to make sure that every conference they host is a successful one.
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Rydges is located just one minute from Wellington's central train station and is only a few minutes from many iconic landmarks in Wellington City including Queens Wharf, Te Papa, The Beehive, and the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Rydges can host seminars or grand banquets with up to 230 guests. Aside from a dedicated event manager to handle the details of your conference, Rydges offers the following:
- Flexible space with various options for setup
- Event catering available
- Spacious breakout areas
- Theming and entertainment available upon request
- Pre and post-conference activities
- Personalised menus
- Pads, pens, mints, and ice water on tables
- Natural light
- FREE WI-FI access
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Intercontinental is all about events that can create a sense of luxury and exclusivity. Anyone who attends an event at the Intercontinental will feel like they've had an insider experience. Intercontinental has a local team with powerful connections. They can give you the best local cuisine, access to celebrity/motivational speakers, and the best team-building experiences to bond your guests - and with room for up to 400 people in any one space, Intercontinental can bring that impeccable service to nearly any event.
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The Cuba Meeting Rooms in CQ Hotel is a versatile 266sqm venue that can be converted into five individual soundproof rooms. At its full size, it can hold up to 250 guests. The exposed brick wall gives The Cuba a modern touch, and the drive-in carpark makes for easy setup and pack-down. CQ Hotel, like all hotel venues, can provide plenty of on-site accommodation for your guests. The central location in the vibrant Cuba Quarter is perfect for any locals as the venue is very easy to find. Any conferences centred on queer issues or businesses might appreciate this venue being located in the heart of Wellington’s LGBTQ+ area.
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Give your event an air of French luxury. Sofitel proudly imagines your event into existence through a sophisticated French lens. Three versatile venue spaces are available all on the same level in the hotel. So, if your conference requires multiple rooms, then you can rest assured that there will be easy to travel between your various conference spaces. Sofitel’s event team works in tandem with an AV team from Encore Event Technologies to ensure that your event doesn’t hit any technical speedbumps. Finally, our favourite part of any event, the food; Sofitel catering is described as “delightful gastronomy and 5-star service”, so it is bound to leave your guests with a good taste in their mouth.
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2,186sqm of open space that can be arranged in almost any setup makes TSB Arena one of Wellington’s favoured venues for large scale conferences. The vast space makes for easy flow in, out, and around the venue. Dramatic black curtains can be draped as a backdrop in the venue to convert the arena from a daytime conference space to a themed gala dinner venue. The arena can host up to 6000 people depending on the setup of your event, so there is enough space for your guests! Its central location along the Wellington City harbour means the venue is easy to find, and from it, one can easily access to other nearby local attractions.