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8 Exciting Bay of Plenty Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 21 Jul 2022
Excitement is all around in the Bay of Plenty, a region famous not only for its bewitching beaches but for all the fun and games that come with it. If you’re after a team-building experience like none other or ways to make your Bay of Plenty function more thrilling, then you’ve come to the right place. Be it relaxed golfing or cruises to unwind on to fun-filled hikes or elegant high teas, Bay of Plenty has your event covered when it comes to adding a touch of magic. To see our comprehensive guide to Bay of Plenty venues for hire, click here.
Classic Flyers Museum
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Classic Flyers Museum awards you with the chance to add a dash of the extraordinary to your meeting, conference, cocktail party or more. This museum is all about preserving the varied and rich history of aviation in New Zealand; there is no venue more unique than this, offering education and elegance in equal spades. Choose from the Rotary Room, Armoury Room, Boeing Room and Museum Hangar, all available for exclusive or partial hire. Each space is flexible and offers plenty of natural light, hosting up to 1000 guests in the biggest option. Classic Flyers Museum has a stellar team on board to assist you with all your organising, planning and audiovisual needs. They also boast a ton of on- and off-site parking for your Bay of Plenty event, as well as their much-loved café and bar open throughout the day. Dine inside or out at their Garden Bar or cosy interior, with a myriad of menu options and an extensive selection of local beers, wines and more.
Eagle Ridge Estate
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Eagle Ridge Estate is an award-winning Bay of Plenty venue for a reason. This flexible space hosts cocktail parties, gala dinners, conferences, meetings and everything in between, with a dedicated events management team on hand to help you plan the perfect function. Committed to excellence, Eagle Ridge Estate offers both indoor and outdoor settings for your Bay of Plenty event, with their main spaces being The Lodge and Function Centre. Their facilities are seemingly endless, covering everything from audiovisual equipment and servicing to mouthwatering on-site catering and a helipad for guests that want to arrive in style. When it comes to event experiences, Eagle Ridge Estate has everything from clay bird shooting and ridge golfing to lawn games and cruises around the aquamarine harbour - you’re certain to be spoiled for choice.
Tauranga Art Gallery
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The Tauranga Art Gallery rests in the middle of the bustling city of Tauranga and offers a bright and enthralling setting that will set your Bay of Plenty event apart from the crowd. It is a venue rich with colour and creativity, dedicated to representing Tauranga and its heart. Opened in 2007, it is a modern space with high ceilings and high standards. It’s able to host up to 180 guests and offers catering, as well as audiovisual equipment for those requiring so, and has a team dedicated to event management to ensure your cocktail night, conference, meeting or more runs as smoothly as possible. It’s open for hire after the hours of the gallery’s usual functioning hours, making it a perfect choice for gala dinners and other evening-time events. Your Bay of Plenty function will be doused in culture and art, allowing guests to browse some of the city’s finest works in an exclusive setting.
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Few event and conference venues can match the outlook at Trinity Wharf. Trinity Wharf is a premium hotel and conference venue owned by a local family whose dream was to highlight the beauty & spirit of the Tauranga harbour and surrounds with this stunning over-water hotel.
Built on three piers that stretch over the water’s edge, the hotel’s panoramic water views framed by floor to ceiling glass bring the tranquil elements of the outside world in. Coastal décor elements such as white walls, flowing curtains and interiors layered with neutrals, blues and sandy tones impart the type of tranquil ambience needed for a relaxing weekend escape, business meeting or work trip away.
Whether for work or play, our guests come to relax from the hustle and bustle of city life, and to soak up the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.
Papamoa Beach Resort
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Get ready to have the time of your life at Papamoa Beach Resort, a Bay of Plenty venue that offers a purpose-built space on the manicured grounds of the resort. A stone’s throw away from the ocean, Papamoa Beach Resort’s event space is known as The Deck, offering 313m2 of facilities and function spaces, accommodating anywhere from 10 to 100 guests. Their rooms include The Motiti Room, their largest option and kitted out with audiovisual technology for your event, The Lounge, with two fireplaces and an in-house sound system, and The Deck, drenched in sunlight and offering extraordinary views of Papamoa Hills. Papamoa Beach Resort also provides on-site catering, packages for your Bay of Plenty event, accommodation options, and so much more. This thrilling venue also packs in plenty of fun experiences, from camping and oceanside sports to campfires and biking along the dunes.
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You can dare to be a little different with Blue Baths, initially opened in 1933 and once a bathhouse located in the Government Gardens of Rotorua. Featuring geothermally heated baths, this Bay of Plenty venue comes equipped with a unique history and unique setting. Their function spaces include The Social Room, a flexible choice sporting a roof deck and plenty of natural light, suitable for up to 120 guests; Lido Lounge, which is 600 square meters and was once a pool, now ‘shallowed’ out and serving as a creative events area for up to 450 guests; the Dining Room, an all-day eatery that can be booked both partially and exclusively, accommodating up to 100 guests and with a thermally-heated porch; Tonic Bar, with audiovisual equipment and a relaxed vibe, fitting up to 50 guests; and, finally, The Backyard, Blue Baths’ newest space, complete with a stretch tent overhead and comfortably catering for a maximum of 350 guests. Your guests will thank you for the chance to unwind at this Bay of Plenty venue.
Ohope International Golf Club
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Golfing enthusiasts created Ohope International Golf Club in 1972, and it now serves as a Bay of Plenty venue for so much more. This relaxing venue rests between the glittering Pacific Ocean and the tranquil Ohiwa Harbour, acting as the perfect location for functions of all kinds. Ohope International Golf Club hosts conferences, seminars, gala dinners, cocktail parties, weddings and more, with on-site catering options and audiovisual equipment upon request. Their event coordinator is there to lend you a hand with your function’s planning and running, with their Club House available for hire and offering incredible views of the surrounding nature. Ohope International Golf Club hosts both informal and formal events, making it a versatile venue choice in the Bay of Plenty, with a fun-filled Learn to Play programme (hosted by a professional, Mike Nicholson) that will give your event an edge like few others.
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There’s no better place to detox and destress than Fernland Spa, built in the 1970s and equipped with a rich and fascinating history. However, just as it was before, the Bay of Plenty venue is a family-owned and -operated venture that continues to thrive and help others do the same. Their thermal pool facilities bring an interesting edge to any event, making it the perfect choice for relaxed functions in the Bay of Plenty, be it a poolside party or a corporate retreat for you and your coworkers. Surrounded by emerald gardens and native birds, Fernland Spa offers its expansive grounds and plush accommodation for your use. Their facilities include relaxing massages, cosy camping, as well as water exercising classes for you and your guests to unwind with. Designed to delight, Fernland Spa is, without a doubt, one of the Bay of Plenty’s most relaxing venues.