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10 Best Conference Venues in Wellington
by Luke Ellery | 19 Jan 2022
Looking for a conference venue in Wellington? Then this list is perfect for you. Taking into account a few conference essentials, including space, top-notch audiovisual technology, 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
Willeston Conference Centre is the perfect venue for any business meeting, event venues, venues for hire, training seminar, interview or event—featuring pillar-free rooms with natural light, fabulous views of Wellington harbour and a fantastic location right in the heart of Wellington’s CBD.
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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. TSB Arena can host up to 6000 people depending on the setup of your conference, so there is more than enough space for your guests. Its central location along the Wellington City harbour means the conference venue is easy to find, and from it, one can easily access nearby local attractions, from the shopping district to delicious restaurants.
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 total 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.
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Found in the National Library, TiaTiakiwai Centre is a conference venue designed for events of every size, celebrating pivotal aspects of New Zealand's culture and history. Surrounded by a wealth of knowledge, this Wellington conference venue boasts modern design and spaces, as well as state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. They feature a total of 7 spaces for you to choose from, including the Auditorium, Tiakiwai Foyer, Te Ahumairangi Foyer, Pipitea Seminar Room, Thorndon Seminar Room, Te Wehenga and Malaga Pasifika, hosting anywhere from 50 to 250 guests. TiaTiakiwai Centre is a popular Wellington venue for all conferences, beloved for their attention to detail, top-notch facilities and flexible rooms.
Michael Fowler Centre
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Award-winning architecture and a prime location, Michael Fowler Centre is a sophisticated luxury venue for your next Wellington conference. The centre has a three-story glass facade, and the interior is comprised of Italian marble and native timber. Michael Fowler Centre is also a cultural hub for many Wellingtonians as it functions as the home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Two of their unique event spaces are the Renouf Foyer and the Lion Harbourview Lounge. The Renouf Foyer boasts plenty of natural light, a sophisticated-looking hardwood floor, and space for up to 300 seated guests. The Lion Harbourview lounge boasts (as expected from its name) beautiful views over the Wellington harbour. It also has floor-to-ceiling windows to enhance that view and create a consistent flow of natural light.
The Opera House
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Host a conference on stage in one of Wellington’s oldest and most extravagant buildings, The Opera House. The massive dome ceiling and the raked stage will have you feeling like you’ve travelled back in time. This setting is perfect for all conferences, lending an air of extravagance that will blow your guests away. The stage space is only suitable for about 130 seated guests, which speaks to a more moderately-sized conference. But if that's what you're after, then The Opera House is a conference venue that should be very high up on your list of Wellington event spaces.
Shed 6 (TSB Auditorium)
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With its pillarless floor and soundproof walls, Shed 6 is a versatile conference venue in Wellington. You can arrange tables in a myriad of ways because the open space has next to no obstructions. This Wellington venue also boasts the latest in audio-visual technology, perfect for conferences, seminars and other corporate functions. As the home of the annual WOW Arts Show (World of Wearable Arts Show), it needs to be continually ahead of the game in lighting and sound display. Shed 6 is a part of a trio of venues that include TSB Auditorium, TSB Arcade, and TSB Arena. The latter is Wellington’s largest indoor event space and can host over 1000 people in a seated banquet setting.
Grand Mercure Wellington
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With a plethora of rooms bathed in natural light and a dedicated events team that can accommodate any number of guests, from 2 to 200, the Grand Mercure in Wellington is a premium choice amongst Wellington hotel venues for their polished service and scenic setting, overlooking Cuba Quarter and a stone’s throw from the middle of the city. Grand Mercure Wellington offers 8 different spaces to choose from when planning your conference, from a dedicated conference floor, with the latest in audiovisual technology, to The Residence, conveniently situated right next to their kitchen and suitable for catering lunches, dinners and the like.
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Wallaceville House is a stunning venue located around 25 minutes outside of the Wellington CBD. This enormous and charming space offers onsite accommodation for conferences that span multiple days, with gorgeous gardens surrounding it that are sure to spark creativity and wonder. Built in the 1900s by celebrated architect Charlesworth, Wallaceville House retains the structure and beauty of old, with accents of modern times to give your Wellington conference everything it needs to succeed. There are multiple spaces to choose from, including the gardens, to host your Wellington event, alongside a team dedicated to helping you through the process of planning and organising your conference.
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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 a total of 14 rooms spread out over 4 levels, serving as the ultimate Welling conference venue. They can fit up to 100 people in a room depending on the style of your conference. Each level is a fully equipped conference space with high-speed WiFi and client-controlled air conditioning. 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 Hotel 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 Hotel 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 Hotel offers flexible spaces, on-site catering options, spacious breakaway areas, styling and entertainment options, bespoke menus, complimentary WiFi, and so much more. Your Wellington conference is in the best of hands with this flexible venue.
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Intercontinental is all about conferences and events that can create a sense of luxury and exclusivity. Anyone who attends a conference at the Intercontinental will feel like they've had an insider experience. Intercontinental has a local team with powerful connections, ready to curate a conference to your exact specifications. 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 conference.
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The Cuba Meeting Rooms in CQ Hotel is a versatile venue that can be converted into five individual soundproof rooms. At its full size, this Wellington conference venue can hold up to 250 guests. The exposed brick wall gives The Cuba a modern touch, and the drive-in car park makes for easy setup and pack-down. Like all hotel venues, CQ Hotel can provide plenty of on-site accommodation and catering options 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. If your conference requires multiple rooms, 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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Brentwood Hotel and Conference Centre offer what they describe as the complete package: extensive venue selection, 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 Hotel has six conference spaces available and can host anywhere up to 500 guests depending on the venue setup.