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12 Dunedin Gala Dinner Venues You Have to See

by Raashka Mannie | 23 Jul 2021

Good food comes with the territory in Dunedin. Otago, known far and wide for its dedication to world-class wines, is also the home to some of the best eats in the country. Where better to hold your upcoming gala dinner? Thankfully, Dunedin sports a wide array of choices for gala dinner venues, all with the city’s signature hospitality and particular charm baked right in. Pick between historic, awe-inspiring venues or more modern ones with a little pizzazz for your gala dinner - we’re sure you’ll find the right ambience alongside the right menu for your Dunedin event. If you’re looking for the full guide to Dunedin’s venues, you can find it here.

Knox College

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Stately and serene, Knox College makes itself available to one and all during the summer break. You can hire out this Dunedin venue on an hourly, daily or live-in basis over a set period, making it a flexible and fantastic choice for your upcoming gala dinner. Accommodating up to 150 guests, Knox College boasts manicured lawns and plenty of heritage buildings, bringing you a series of classic spaces for your Dunedin gala dinner. In addition to their multitude of rooms for hire, they also offer their historic Ross Chapel, seating up to 120 guests, ideal for weddings and performances. This Dunedin venue is as comprehensive as it gets, with on-site catering, accommodation and parking options, as well as high-speed WiFi and audiovisual equipment of every kind. Just a quick stroll to all the most attractive parts of the city, you've got a real winner with Knox College.


Olveston Historic Home

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You’ll be adding some historical charm to your function with Olveston Historic Home, New Zealand's finest historic mansion and Garden of National Significance. Built as the family home of collector and philanthropist David Theomin (a connoisseur of the 'finer things in life'), the house was gifted to Dunedin in 1966, complete with all the original furnishings and contents. Hosting up to 180 guests, Olveston Historic Home has a variety of rooms and spaces to choose from when planning your Dunedin gala dinner, including their immaculate lawn, Great Hall, Drawing Room and more. This Dunedin venue serves as an option for personal and corporate events, with a knack for hosting incredible gala dinners. Your external caterer will have the time of their lives planning a menu for an affair to remember at Olveston Historic Home.


Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Larnach Castle & Gardens is a revered gala dinner venue in Dunedin that has sat on Otago Peninsula since 1874. Carefully restored over the years, this Dunedin venue now plays host to a wide array of fun and fabulous gala dinners and other events. With award-winning gardens, luxury accommodation and incredible cuisine, it's hard to pass up. They have several spaces to choose from, from the main castle to the green gardens to Camp Estate, hosting up to 350 people. As New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle & Gardens offers an extraordinary and gorgeous experience as a venue option, filled with architecture of old, sparkling chandeliers and marbled floors. The team at Larnach Castle & Gardens is as refined as the venue, with a dedicated Events Manager on hand and on-site catering options for your gala dinner.


The Longroom

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One of Dunedin’s first-choice gala dinner venues, The Longroom is as cosy as it is convenient. This multi-functional space can adapt to host just about any gala dinner event, big or small. Centrally located, The Longroom can host up to 200 guests and offers serene views of their international cricket ground. They can provide on-site catering courtesy of their superb kitchen, offering the choice of tailored or set menus; the varied selection of drinks will be free-flowing at their fully-licensed bar. With audiovisual equipment and assistance available, The Longroom is also an excellent option for you to host gala dinners and other events. This elegant Dunedin event venue welcomes you to drop by during the week for viewings and chat to their team about planning your upcoming function.


The Savoy

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A timeless Dunedin events venue that lends itself best to gala dinners, The Savoy is centrally located in the middle of town. The building has been a functions centre since 1910, so you can rest assured that your gala dinner is in capable hands. Classically romantic, The Savoy is filled with oak panels, open fires, chandeliers and ornate ceilings. A popular place venue for gala dinners, cocktail parties and more, they can cater for up to 250 guests. Within The Savoy, The Tudor Hall is a particularly beloved space for larger gatherings, boasting a dance floor and live band included in the events packages - a surefire way to give your gala dinner a little something extra. They have an in-house kitchen team to cook up the dining feast of your dreams, ensuring that your Dunedin gala dinner will be taken care of from start to finish.

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