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Auckland Venues for Hire - The Complete Guide
by Raashka Mannie | 30 Mar 2023
The City of Sails, Auckland, is a hotspot for all manner of events: cocktail parties, gala dinners, conferences, seminars, meetings and so much more. No matter how big or small, Auckland has unique venues to cater to your event, be it with a contemporary or traditional with a twist. With the famed Sky Tower at its centre offering serene views of the Viaduct Harbour, as well as Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, there is a wealth of spaces in Auckland to choose from when considering a venue for your next Auckland event. We have a list of the best venues for hire in Auckland, from the cosy and conventional to the modern and dynamic.
Wild & Co
Stop and smell the roses at Wild & Co, Morningside’s newest event venue. Located on Ethel Street, Wild & Co is comprised of two stunning spaces.
Tranquillity meets productivity at Flaxmere House, the ultimate conference venue. Set on a 10-acre lifestyle block by Bethells Beach, Flaxmere House is a boutique space with accommodation for up to 20 guests.
The Cellar Bar
The hottest space in town, exclusively yours. The Cellar Bar is a brand new venue on Auckland’s Viaduct, tucked underneath the iconic Danny Doolans.
Britomart Place has been designed with style in mind. Overlooking the Auckland waterfront lies four stunning event spaces - perfect for both corporate and social occasions.
Sitting on the cusp of Okahu Bay, this venue boasts an unmatched view of the ocean extending directly below it. Sparkling waters spread for miles, offering clear views of Rangitoto and the harbour by day, and a dazzling cityscape by night.
A Mediterranean oasis on the outskirts of Auckland, Bracu Estate is a wedding and event venue set amidst a luscious landscape of 30,000 olive trees.
The Annex at 10 Madden Street
Crisp, contemporary and the perfect blank canvas.
Commercial Bay Meeting and Event Suites
Welcome to Auckland's newest retail and office precinct, reimagining modern corporate spaces with a touch of sophisticated style.
QT Auckland is an eclectic, harbourside hotel venue with a glint in the eye, serving shoreline shimmer. Whether hosting a vibrant birthday gathering or a more exclusive affair, they'll dress all types of events in a warm QT glow and guarantee a touch of Auckland city wonder.
Unforgettable occasions in the heart of Kumeu wine country. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for an event to remember, whether that's team building, a business meeting, birthday, wedding, or one of our legendary Christmas parties.
Hilton Auckland is one of the most iconic buildings on the city’s skyline, carrying the name of one of the most iconic hotel brands in history.
A warm Iberian back-bar and dining space, tucked behind the energetic K'rd, Auckland Central
Kauri Bay Boomrock
Kauri Bay Boomrock is not simply a place to visit, but a place to experience. Located on 500 acres of Clevedon countryside, this venue sets the scene for an exceptional event.
An urban oasis in the heart of Auckland city, Glasshouse in Morningside offers a calm and serene space, hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The heritage-listed buildings and landscaped grounds that make up Abbeville Estate are over 150 years old and have been meticulously restored and contemporized for the needs of today.
From the ballroom to the boardroom, every event at Cordis, Auckland is distinguished by seamless service, attention to detail and the latest high-tech solutions.
A uniquely NZ venue nestled in the native bush of the Waitakere Ranges. Host a party, presentation, wedding or meeting - just 30 mins from the CBD.
Jet Park Hotel AKL
Discover Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport and enjoy a breath of fresh air. Experience the pond area where you can relax and enjoy the sound of birds. Enjoy the modern spaces and personalised attention that you deserve.
Nestled in the warmth of Takapuna, The Grange is a snappy bistro with a European edge, certain to lend your event unparalleled style.
Home to the Cocoon Salon of Art, Wine & Design. Bringing together International luxury and the warmest Kiwi hospitality Cocoon House is home to New Zealand’s most exquisite private events.
Sitting proudly in the heart of Auckland, St Matthew's is a majestic neo-Gothic piece of history, serving as a unique venue in the city.
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Alberts is a leading inner-city venue that redefines the modern workplace. With aspirational spaces, enhanced amenities and five-star hospitality - it's a venue designed to facilitate collaboration and connection. Alberts plays host to board meetings, full-day workshops, investment pitches, private dining events, cocktail parties and even intimate concerts.
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M Social is a contemporary hotel venue boasting one of Auckland's prime CBD waterfront locations. A lifestyle hotel designed with modern form and function, M Social provides a seamless transition from business to pleasure.
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Homeland is a restaurant venue and cooking school run by internationally renowned chef Peter Gordon. Boasting one of the harbour's sunniest locations, Homeland includes a light-filled restaurant, a sunny garden terrace with space for a marquee, a well-established cooking school and a retail store stocked with beautiful local produce.
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QT Auckland is an eclectic, inner-city hotel venue for vibrant events - from celebrations and weddings to meetings and conferences. Boasting a striking location on Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, QT showcases the cityscape and sea views from an open-air rooftop bar. With the help of an expert team of event connoisseurs, watch your wildest event dreams come to life at QT.
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Indulge in panoramic views of Waitematā Harbour and Rangitoto Island from the comfort of Akarana - a premium event venue on Tāmaki Drive. Akarana consists of four event spaces, two meeting rooms and two board rooms. Whether you're looking to host a meeting, conference, cocktail event or the party of a lifetime - Akarana is the beautiful and all-inclusive venue you've been looking for.
Northridge Golf Resort
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A family-owned venue with a heart for seamless events, Northridge Country Lodge offers a rural escape just 30 minutes North of Auckland. This Tudor-style Lodge offers 4 indoor spaces, while the property provides extensive grounds for the optional addition of marquees. The onsite restaurant offers incredible dining options, and when it comes to accommodation, the Lodge presents 27 boutique rooms.
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Tranquillity meets productivity at Flaxmere House, a boutique venue set on a 10-acre lifestyle block by Bethells Beach. With breakout rooms, countryside to explore and luxury accommodations - let Flaxmere House be your number one-stop shop. Residing amidst the Waitakere Ranges, Flaxmere House is a refreshing change of scenery for your next conference, team-building event, product launch or retreat.
The Trusts Arena
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An adaptive space for something epic, The Trusts Arena is a multi-purpose venue just 15 minutes from Auckland City.
The venue has 7 dedicated event spaces, while the extensive property includes basketball courts, rugby fields and 350 car parks.
Discover outstanding facilities, world-class catering, excellent event management, and experienced staff to bring your event to life.
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In the middle of colourful Auckland City, Administrator House awaits. This central space provides you with the foundation of an incredible event and then some. From a regal entrance sporting Oamaru limestone and Nelson marble to a sun-soaked interior featuring high ceilings and wooden floors, this is an Auckland venue that radiates elegance. The walls are dotted with a carefully-curated art collection, compiled over the years, bringing a stylistic edge to a timeless room. Administrator House is ideal for cocktail parties, private dining events, conferences, seminars and more. With an on-site event manager, attentive staff, in-house catering, state-of-the-art audiovisual tech and more, this Auckland venue is an outstanding option for your upcoming event.
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A stylish bistro in the heart of Takapuna, The Grange is committed to excellent events. With eight event spaces across the venue, The Grange is known for its sun-soaked spaces, incredible hospitality and mouth-watering menu. Complete with audiovisual supplies, bespoke catering options and event assistance - The Grange is fully equipped to host celebrations, private dinners and meetings.
The Cellar Bar
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The hottest space in town, exclusively yours. The Cellar Bar is a brand new venue on Auckland’s Viaduct, tucked underneath the iconic Danny Doolans. Dimly lit and tastefully decorated with neon signage and floral installations, The Cellar Bar is a classy space dedicated to private events. The space holds 100 guests cocktail style, with a range of lounging and seating options. The venue staff are incredibly accommodating - offering event catering, AV facilities, live entertainment recommendations and more. Whether you’re planning a hens do, birthday celebration, product launch or comedy night - The Cellar Bar sure knows how to throw a party to remember.
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Intimacy and luxury come hand in hand at Cocoon House. As home to Auckland's most exclusive events, this stunning space is a toast to contemporary style. Featuring a total of 3 floors, it offers a multitude of rooms for you to choose from for your cocktail party, meeting and more. From the dining room to the private bar, it exudes unmatched elegance, surrounded by modern décor and filled with swathes of natural light. Cocoon House has a maximum capacity of 40 guests, making it perfect for intimate, private functions. This Auckland venue boasts top-notch service, audiovisual supplies and a curated experience that will leave your guests in awe.
Space on Crummer
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Settled in the heart of Ponsonby, Space on Crummer is an Auckland venue that is modern, light-filled and ideal for any event. Their spaces are flexible, including the Main Area and Courtyard, hosting anywhere from 50 to 160 guests. This Auckland venue was designed with adaptability in mind, featuring white walls and steel beams for an especially contemporary look. Inside, Space on Crummer also boasts a full on-site kitchen for your caterer's use, whilst the sheltered Courtyard serves as the perfect breakaway area to mix and mingle.
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A breezy half hour's drive from Auckland and surrounded by greenery and tranquil waters, The Riverhead is a private and flexible venue that offers itself up for hire. Outdoors, indoors or a nice mix, this Auckland venue is all about giving you options amidst cosy beauty and convenience. With your catering taken care of by on-site suppliers, plenty of natural light and multiple spaces to choose between, The Riverhead is one of the finest venues on the fringes of Auckland. Their spaces include The Boat House and Deacon's Kitchen, as well as exclusive hire of the venue.
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Resting before a crystal clear lake, Abel Estate is an Auckland venue for the ages. Ideal for corporate and personal events, it boasts everything you need and more to host an incredible function. This includes on-site catering options, audiovisual supplies and assistance, plenty of parking and more. Their facilities are polished to perfection, poised to help your event transcend boundaries. Abel Estate has a total of 3 spaces for individual hire: the Lakeview Room, accommodating up to 100 guests; The Vineyard Room, accommodating up to 50; and the Terrace, an outdoor area for up to 100. On the fringe of Auckland, this venue is an escape into tranquillity.
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Located in the heart of the city, stowed away just behind Karangahape Road, Barcita is an intimate Auckland venue for celebrations and events. Perfect for a small-scale, tailored night, they offer bespoke bottomless drinks packages, cocktails on arrival, nightcaps, entertainment options, an on-site pastry chef, a raw bar and more. Working closely with local suppliers, they also offer styling and décor solutions for your function. Barcita is the ideal Auckland venue for cosy events, with a team of talented staff and a host of options for crafting an ideal cocktail party, private dinner and much more.
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Set in Waimauku, Vineyard Cottages is an off-the-grid feeling venue with all the amenities to make your event a roaring success. Homely in every sense, this venue consists of 7 cottages, a conference centre and beautiful grounds. Not only a fabulous venue, Vineyard Cottages produce their own wine, honey, oil and more delectable goodies for you to enjoy.
Crown Range Lounge
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From sophisticated soirées to easygoing luncheons, the Crown Range Lounge is your go-to Auckland venue. Now partnered with local Parnell restaurants, this inviting space offers a plethora of options for your upcoming function. Pick between their Courtyard, Clubroom or Lounge for your cocktail party, private dining experience or celebration, with a capacity of up to 80 guests. Crown Range Lounge hinges on a sense of relaxed luxury, often a private and tailored experience for you and your lucky guests, brought to you by attentive staff and meticulous planning.
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If you're going to host an event, do it in style at The Fox. This trendy bar gives a cheery nod to its European background through its styling, menu and selection of drinks. Their team specialises in hosting cocktail nights, celebrations and other fun-filled functions. Choose to spread out in their main space or retreat to something more exclusive: The Churchill Room. Hosting up to 75 guests, this Auckland venue is located on the bustling Viaduct, making it as convenient as it is stylish. Sporting on-site catering, audiovisual equipment and easy access, you've got a recipe for success at The Fox.
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Dip into old-world festivities with Warkworth Hotel. An hour's drive from central Auckland, this hotel may be off the beaten path, but it's a getaway worth taking. Sporting comfortable accommodation options, divine catering, attentive staff and more, this is an Auckland venue that goes the extra mile for its guests. Warkworth Hotel has a total of three different spaces for hire, including their private dining room, lobby and courtyard; if you're taking things to the next level, you can hire out the entire venue. Packing plenty of style and experience, this Auckland venue is a perfect choice for conferences, seminars, meetings, and much more.
Connemara Country Lodge
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Spread out on plenty of rolling farmland and boasting views of Manukau Harbour, Connemara Country Lodge is an Auckland venue for all. Its centrepiece is a grand, comfy country house with spacious decking and light-filled rooms. You can have your function on the manicured lawns, beneath a string of fairy lights or tucked away in a marquee. Connemara Country Lodge hosts up to 100 guests, with accommodation for up to 8 so you and your guests can rest easy before or after the big bash. Facilities include multiple locations for your cocktail party, wedding, conference or more; there are BYO options, plenty of on-site parking and more.
Smiths & Stables
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Located on 50 acres of rolling hills, paddocks and vineyards in Matakana, Smiths & Stables is a versatile venue option outside of central Auckland. With the space to fit more than 500 guests inside and over 1000 using the courtyards and lawn, the potential for this unique rural venue is endless. Smiths & Stables also has 2 restaurants and 2 bars, expansive manicured lawns, and 2 sheltered courtyards to boot. It’s a delightful mixture of contemporary and rustic, with a wonderful outdoor/indoor flow that few venues can match.
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Part of the fun-loving and energy-packed Saturdays, Side Door is an Auckland venue with a distinctively exclusive edge. A member's-only bar that's all about privacy and a laidback atmosphere, they specialise in functions ranging from 30 to 70 guests. Have dinners, meetings, cocktail parties and more in this haven, tucked away in the heart of the city. They'll provide everything you need and more, including audiovisual equipment and assistance. You have full control of the catering; just reach out to their sunny team for recommendations when needed. Side Door is a sleek Auckland venue that lends every event a sense of wonder with a VIP air.
Woodhouse Mountain Lodge
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Woodhouse Mountain Lodge is found on the path less travelled, spanning 100 acres of private land known as Kōurawhero Estate. This is an intimate Auckland venue that is chock-full of all the amenities you could ask for, including catering options, on-site parking and audiovisual requirements. Resultantly, it is one of Auckland's preferred venues for events that want a sense of exclusivity, surrounded by gorgeous views, fresh air and a sense of serenity. Woodhouse Mountain Lodge features on-site accommodation options for up to 36 guests; it has a maximum capacity of 60 guests overall. Spend your meeting, conference, dinner or more with views of the Hauraki Gulf, breathtaking from end to end.
East Street Hall
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East St Hall resides within a mid-century modernist building just off Karangahape Road, Auckland. A hub for the community, East St Hall is a celebration of food, art, culture, and music. While their thoughtful menu consists of sharing + small plates inspired by the food culture of Tel Aviv, the bar focuses on organic wines, fresh beer and citrusy, herbaceous cocktails. Effortless dynamic, East St Hall is a vibrant venue for celebrations, corporate evenings, performances, markets and creative events with up to 250 guests.
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Cordis is renowned for its events expertise, be it a lavish gala dinner or a cosy cocktail party. They are distinguished by seamless service, attention to detail and the latest high-tech solutions. Cordis is home to the largest pillar-free ballroom in Auckland, as well as a whole host of spaces (18 to be exact!) that would perfectly cater to your event. Pick between meeting rooms, boardrooms and so much more, with a venue that provides on-site catering options and a personal events executive. They can host up to 1,150 of your guests and reside within the very heart of Auckland City.
Luxerose Secret Garden
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Understated and ever so lovely, Luxerose Secret Garden is a charming cafe venue set in Parnell. With bespoke menus that guests rave about, the Luxerose team are the connoisseurs of elegant experiences. Nestled just by Parnell’s famous rose gardens, Luxerose is a beautiful place to gather, celebrate, brainstorm or even tie the knot.
Fantail & Turtle
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With an easygoing vibe and plenty of space, Fantail & Turtle is an eatery that has it all: two bars, community brewery, an expansive all-weather outdoor area and plenty of local taps to choose from. This Auckland venue is ideal for cocktail parties, dinners and more, hosting up to 200 guests and offering a seasonal sharing menu like none other. They also feature fantastic on-site catering and a drinks list that includes, local craft beer, real ale, cider, over fifty wines, kombucha and more. Fantail & Turtle is a flexible and relaxed Auckland venue, ideal for your upcoming event.
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It's all modern comfort and beauty at Percy Café, an architecturally designed pavilion close to Auckland Airport that's ideal for events of all kinds for up to 80 guests. Convenient and classy, this space is primarily an eatery that doubles as a venue for hire, packed with a contemporary menu and audiovisual facilities for your meeting, team lunch or more. Their carefully selected menu is seasonal and filled with local produce, delivering the very best in flavour and freshness. If you're after a stylish and comfortable location for your upcoming Auckland event, Percy Café is the answer - especially given its close proximity to the airport. Their team is always around to help you plan the perfect function from start to finish.
Ocean Groove Cruises
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Ocean Groove Cruises invites you to an experience like none other. Sailing across the seas with your guests is the ultimate way to celebrate with their bespoke space for hire. Based in the serene Westhaven Marina, this Auckland venue is a little different given that it's an event boat. They pride themselves on catering to any and every occasion as best they can, from cocktail nights to tailored dinners, offering entertainment of every kind and sublime service. Ocean Groove Cruises boasts a series of flexible and useful packages for your Auckland function, with hourly rates that will match your event's need, as well as a host of handy facilities for you and up to 50 guests.
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If contemporary elegance is your goal, Spectra Café has got you covered. This eatery was designed to be a toast to the best that modern architecture can give us, located on the seventh floor in the middle of the busy Auckland City. They have everything you need for your upcoming event, from professional and attentive staff to stunning views over the city and harbour. When it comes to their menu, you'll in for a treat with their seasonal and simple dishes that are sure to delight. Opened in 2020, Spectra Café seeks to be an Auckland venue for hire that offers both open spaces for collaborative thought alongside private dining. Accommodating anywhere from 50 to 350 guests, this is a perfect choice for everything from gala dinners to meetings.
Jet Park Hotel, Auckland
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Your one-stop solution for a convenient and fully-kitted Auckland venue: Jet Park Hotel. Just five minutes from the airport, this Auckland venue boasts on-site accommodation, award-winning dining options and state-of-the-art audiovisual technology for your function. They offer a total of 8 spaces for your event, from the larger Kiwi Ballroom to the intimate Godwit. Jet Park Hotel hosts up to 250 guests, specialising in seminars, meetings, conferences and other corporate affairs. Coupled with their attentive staff and sublime service, this Auckland venue is the full package.
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If you're looking to host an off-the-grid event, look no further than Little Wilderness. This Auckland venue specialises in hosting functions with an environmentally-friendly edge in the heart of Kumeu, just 30km from Auckland City. They can host up to 80 people in their event space, with a team dedicated to helping you plan and run an incredible day. Their overall design is a contemporary take on the antipodean shed: a rough, utilitarian construction featuring unique designs make it a perfect hosting space, both malleable and full of character. Little Wilderness has 3 spaces for hire, including the Shed and Top Lawn, Gypsy Orchard and Firepit Area. Whether you're after an outdoor or indoor event, Little Wilderness is a premier venue choice.
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An iconic history and offering an equally iconic view of Auckland City in every direction, the Hilton offers 7 multipurpose event spaces all bathed in natural light and equipped with a gorgeous sundeck. The Hilton can host up to 700 of your guests, lending any event hosted an air of seamless luxury and success alongside its impressive name. This Auckland venue sits right on the edge of the water in the city and is a breezy 20km drive from the airport.
Kauri Bay Boomrock
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Drink in serene views of the Hauraki Gulf with Kauri Bay Boomrock. The team at Kauri Bay Boomrock specialises in event management and hosting, dedicated to helping your event achieve unprecedented levels of success with their prowess. Settled on a gorgeous 500-acre property in Clevedon with panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf, Kauri Bay Boomrock is unrivalled in its versatility and can cater for up to 200 of your guests.
The Hunting Lodge
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Events are the forte of The Hunting Lodge, an 80-acre expanse that boasts the historic and iconic Hunting Lodge Homestead. This Auckland venue adapts to the atmosphere and tone of every event, whether you're hosting a cosy wedding or a cocktail party for hundreds. Choose from their emerald lawns, rustic barn and restaurant when planning your function. The Hunting Lodge offers bespoke packages for events, helping you to put together the necessities in one, neat bundle to make planning and executing your event a breeze. This Auckland venue is at the top of the list when it comes to superb service, featuring mouthwatering catering options, audiovisual supplies and assistance, event expertise and more.
The Officers Mess
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Historically charming and with oceanside views for miles and miles, The Officers Mess is an Auckland venue that offers space and versatility for you and your guests to enjoy. Drink in views of the sea, Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island whilst sipping on cocktails, with an expansive deck for your event to spill onto. The Officers Mess has 3 spaces to choose from, including the Main Room and Middle Room. They can accommodate anywhere from 40 to 200 guests, making this Auckland venue a great option for anything from gala dinners to meetings.
Markovina Vineyard Estate
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Settled in the wine-making district of Kumeu, Markovina Vineyard Estate is an Auckland venue surrounded by nature. With a purpose-built venue to host any and every event, they are a family-owned and operated space. Facilities include mouthwatering catering options, on-site parking, as well as both outdoor and indoor spaces to host your event. Whether you're looking to hold a fun day of team building, a fabulous cocktail party or an elegant gala dinner, Markovina Vineyard Estate is an option you cannot pass by.
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Be bold with Little Creatures, an Auckland venue that allows you to spread your wings. Once a military base and also the birthplace of the commercial aviation industry in New Zealand, this event space has blossomed into a hotspot for activity and events. There are a total of 7 spaces to choose from for your Auckland event, from the adorable Kittyhawk to the more extensive Seaside Garden Bar. If you want to go all out, hire out all of Little Creatures, with a capacity of 550 guests. They offer a host of sumptuous catering options, high-end audiovisual equipment, plenty of on-site parking, and attentive event coordination throughout.
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Abbeville Estate is a lovingly-restored heritage home that now hosts some of Auckland's most distinguished events. Though a modern venue with high-end facilities, the property retains its old-world charm beautifully. Located near Auckland Airport, Abbeville Estate presents several distinct spaces for your next event.
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In the middle of Tāmaki Drive you'll find Okahu - a premium wedding and event venue. Okahu extends over the water, offering uninterrupted views of the sparkling harbour and out to Rangitoto Island. Offering both in-house catering and BYO packages, modular spaces for up to 250 guests and excellent hospitality - Okahu sets the bar extremely high. Whether you're saying "I do", celebrating a birthday or milestone, workshopping with your team or launching a new product - Okahu is a beautiful waterside venue to consider.
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Fields Café in Albany is an eatery, café and venue all rolled into one, located in serene Albany. Bringing you a duo of spaces, including the main café and a separate room for meetings, seminars and smaller functions, they are as accommodating as can be. This Auckland venue hosts up to 100 guests in a warm, sun-soaked interior. They seek to combine a calm café ambience with seamless catering service, resulting in an Auckland venue that you won't want to pass on. Surrounded by plenty of parking and offering a plethora of on-site catering options, Fields Café is one of the cosiest venue options around. Bask in privacy and enjoy friendly service at a flexible venue that strives to outdo itself.
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Tui Hills is found in the bush-covered Waitakere Ranges, surrounded by a native garden and making for an incredible event space just 30 minutes outside of Auckland. With a maximum capacity of 120 guests, Tui Hills is a light-filled and flexible venue that can help with everything from audiovisual requirements to transport details to incredible on-site catering options. Pick between Nikau Pavilion, The Nectar Room and Kowhai Glade for your event. From cocktail parties in an outdoor garden to conferences in an open, airy room, Tui Hills can be the perfect Auckland venue for you.
The Backroom by Garage Project
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The Backroom is an event venue tucked behind Garage Project, operating in a cosy, wood-lined space that fits up to 55 guests. Sparingly decorated with some of their favourite artwork and cinderblock walls, The Backroom by Garage Project is a curated events space focused on smaller functions and gatherings, such as meeting, informal dinners and the like. The added bonus to it all is that they offer tastings as one of their perks - you and your guests can sip your way through some of the finest craft beers and natural wines they have to offer in between your musings and conversations. The Backroom by Garage Project is a quirky, fun space to hold your Auckland event.
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Glasshouse in Morningside offers repose from the bustle of Auckland City. Dubbed an urban oasis, this venue combines idyllic greenery and a sleek industrial setting, presenting itself as one of Auckland’s most beloved and chic spaces. Suitable for a range of events including seated dinners of up to 180 people, cocktail events for up to 350 people, car launches, fashion shows and photoshoots, Glasshouse offers a stylish and unique space. The glass roof is the very definition of indoor/outdoor flow and allows for all-weather and seasonal events.
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The classic architecture of this stunning church paired with high-tech lighting technology turns this venue into an absolute vision that can host up to 250 seated guests and 450 cocktail-style. St Matthew's is an Auckland venue that has hosted several modern, flashy events that all went off seamlessly as a result of their committed in-house team and impeccable planning. In hiring this venue, you have full control over catering, beverages, entertainment and more. The seasoned team at St Matthew's can provide a list of preferred vendors should you need it. This iconic Auckland venue makes the ideal location for inner-city events, including weddings, conferences, cocktail parties and more. With a sophisticated, characterful charm to it, your event will be the talk of the town.
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Pilkingtons is a convenient venue within the centre of Auckland City. A multi-layered event space, they specialise in both formal and casual events with an endless sense of flexibility. They’re a breezy 20-minute drive from the airport, surrounded by a plethora of city activities and accommodation. Pilkingtons will allocate a personal events manager to help with organising and managing your event to ensure it’s both memorable and successful. Depending on the size of your group or style of event, Pilkingtons has seating capacity for up to 100 guests, which doubles at standing capacity.
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“New beginnings” is the meaning behind Tabula Rasa, and that is precisely what this venue brings with them surrounded by lush gardens and a sparkling infinity pool. 30 minutes from both the airport and Auckland central, Tabula Rasa boasts plenty of fully-equipped indoor options with fully integrated digital presentation equipment that is ideal for a range of events – from meetings to award dinners. Their commercial kitchen offers you a range of menus and options to suit your team, backed up by 5-star service. This Auckland venue has a capacity of 100 guests.
Bruce Pulman Park
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One of the most versatile venues in all of Auckland, Bruce Pulman Park is the centre of its community with good reason. Boasting 10 spaces to choose from, including the Pulman Lodge Tui Lounge, Pulman Arena Conference Centre, PNC Main Lounge and more, this Auckland venue is awash with choices for your upcoming function. Their facilities are seemingly endless, including cosy on-site accommodation, audiovisual supplies and assistance, bespoke catering options and plenty of parking for you and your guests. Bruce Pulman Park prides itself on being a spacious, comfortable option for everyone, local and otherwise, surrounded by 64 hectares of greenery and fresh air. Their ongoing involvement in their community has made them one of Auckland's favourite venues.
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Tucked away amongst the rolling Bombay Hills and surrounded by more than 30,000 Mediterranean-style olive trees, Bracu is a breezy 35 minutes from central Auckland and is an elegant, airy venue for your event. As they're located on the Simunovich Olive Estate, they offer an original beauty and sense of seclusion to any function, with an experienced team on hand to help with planning and organising anything you need. They can host up to 190 standing guests, or 160 seated, and are 35km from the airport.
Commercial Bay Meeting and Event Suites
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A premium function space in Auckland City, Commercial Bay Meeting and Event Suites is designed to make your event a seamless experience. This Auckland venue is located on level 2 of the new PwC Tower and in the lobby of the HSBC tower, featuring views of the CBD, on-site catering, audiovisual supplies and assistance and more. As an in-demand Auckland venue, it combines sophistication with function. Commercial Bay Meeting and Event Suites is operated by Generator, experts when it comes to coordinating and hosting events of every kind. There are a total of 11 spaces to choose from when planning your Auckland event at this venue, ranging from 12 to 150 delegates. Your function is sure to be a resounding success.
The Annex at 10 Madden Street
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Run by Generator, The Annex at 10 Madden Street is part of the bustling Wynyard Quarter. Sleek and stylish, it serves as the perfect canvas for your Auckland event. It boasts a single, flexible space that hosts up to 140 people. Go as large as you like, or whittle it down to suit the requirements of your function. The Annex at 10 Madden Street comes with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and an on-site events coordinator, at your beck and call to ensure that your event runs to a T. This Auckland venue is the ideal option for a polished event, filled with natural light and adapting to every style.
The Grounds at Whoa! Studios
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A modern and purpose-built venue, The Grounds at Whoa! Studios is an events space that is as flexible as they come. Choose to host your cocktail party, seminar, conference and so much more with this Auckland venue, located only 15 km from the CBD and 30 km from the airport. With plenty of natural light, an expansive outdoor space and a restaurant, The Grounds at Whoa! Studios is a wonderful venue option in Auckland that can host up to 500 guests. They offer on-site catering options and have a dedicated team that is available to help you make sure that your event runs exactly according to plan.
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There's something magical about a seaside bar and eatery, which is what Wynyard Pavilion capitalises on. An all-day coffee until cocktails venue in the city centre, this Auckland bar venue combines the best of an open-air eatery with a heavenly view. Sitting on the water's edge, this space can accommodate anywhere from 50 guests to 400, offering either partial and exclusive hire of their venue for your upcoming event. Choose between a plethora of spaces for your Auckland function, including the Garden Bar, Bistro, Portside and more. Wynyard Pavilion provides mouthwatering catering, with the option of bespoke menus and beverages to pair, and is the ideal option for your event no matter the size or occasion. Their bar blends seamlessly with the rest of the venue, or it can be sectioned off for a little more exclusivity.
Howick Historical Village
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The past meets the present at Howick Historical Village, a living history museum turned venue and filming location. Amidst 7 acres of gardens, this heritage site offers two event spaces for your event: Dating back to 1852, the historic Church has undergone renovations to create a meaningful ceremony space, while The Homestead can host around 50 guests for a seated dinner. Suitable for medium size weddings, Howick Historical Village is a piece of history not to be missed.
Auckland Art Gallery
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The perfect venue for a formal event that wishes to showcase glamour and class. The Auckland Art Gallery building juxtaposes the old and the new with its stunning modern glass and kauri structure connecting to the original Victorian-style building. Multiple function spaces are available, including the North Atrium, Lower Grey Gallery, Mackelvie Gallery, and the East Terrace each with varying capacities and styles. Exclusively catered by the reputable team at Urban Gourmet, you can rest assured that your guests will love the experience from start to finish.
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Originally constructed in 2009 and with more than 30 million dollars spent on the project, ASB Showgrounds have facilities to cater to any demand. They have virtual walkthroughs of all their function spaces available on their site. They have an abundance of on-site parking, the latest in audio-visual technology, and a range of versatile event spaces. With over 18,000m² of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, you’re spoiled for choice with the 10 different spaces this venue has to offer. ASB Showgrounds can accommodate thousands of guests, so don’t be shy with those invites.
NZ International Convention Centre (NZICC)
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The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) will be a modern building with versatile interior space. NZICC is in the process of its construction but will open its doors to eager event planners in 2020. With adaptable spaces able to cater to several events including a pre-function capacity for 2,700 people, a convention capacity for 3,150, and one-off events capacity for 4,000. The NZICC will be within walking distance of the waterfront, Auckland tourist attractions, and hotel facilities.
Vodafone Events Centre
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Every year the Vodafone Events Centre hosts conferences for businesses that empower, inspire, and educate. They can fit up to 3000 people in the main space, but alternative event spaces are entirely available depending on your needs. Their massive doors on the ground level are a logistical lifesaver for any large set pieces or complex equipment. Being only 10 minutes away from the airport, and having 750 car parks on-site means none of your guests will find trouble getting there.
Queen’s Wharf (The Cloud/Shed 10)
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Every Aucklander knows The Cloud, and they know it is one of the most sought-after event spaces in the CBD. Originally constructed as a temporary structure to function as a fan-zone during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, The Cloud has swiftly become an iconic feature along the waterfront of New Zealand’s City of Sails. It can host up to 4,000 people in a cocktail setting on the exhibition floor alone. The upper and/or lower mezzanine floors can also be hired individually for smaller events of up to 230 guests.
On the other hand, Shed 10 is a venue constructed in 1910. This building is the only original remnant on Queen’s Wharf. It’s a heritage-listed building, coloured with history and charm from the days past. A few years ago, it underwent a careful restoration so it could offer its services as a venue, with a distinctly industrial edge (think concrete floors, steel columns and exposed beams). Upstairs, there’s a gorgeous gable ceiling interspersed with skylights. This famed Auckland venue can host up to 3,000 guests, full of flexibility and character that is sure to make your event pop.
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Offering the latest in audio-visual technology and the potential for every room to be data-linked makes Aotea Centre perfect for large-scale events such as conferences or conventions. The main theatre is currently the largest modern tiered theatre function space in New Zealand and is equipped with a unique black box. This purpose-built performing arts and events centre can host up to 2,000 people on all 3 of its tiers. It has undergone refurbishments that have refreshed and modernised its myriad of spaces, completed in March 2019 and opening its doors for full capacity hosting once more.
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A historic events centre, The Orange was a purpose-built event and function hall that was opened in 1923. Since then it has hosted thousands of events. It was at its most popular in the 1940s when lines to enter the dance hall would reportedly stretch all the way down Newton Rd. Something was clearly done right because The Orange is still entirely relevant. Timeless brick walls, exposed wooden beams, a lofty ceiling, and a sprung wooden dance floor give the venue an urban chic appearance which has become an extremely popular style for many function spaces to emulate.
The University of Auckland's Owen G. Glenn Building
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The University of Auckland's Owen G. Glenn building has a multitude of rooms for your event, ranging from small tutorials and case rooms to auditoriums that seat up to 600 people. Every space comes equipped with the most advanced audiovisual technology and offers the potential to stream seminars between rooms. The main atrium can accommodate cocktail-style functions for up to 500 people or formal sit-down dinners for up to 250 guests. However, this exclusive building is only accessible to businesses that have a relationship with the university, giving it a special air like few other venues in Auckland.
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The core vision of MOTAT, New Zealand’s largest transport and technology museum, is to “use New Zealand’s heritage, Kiwi ingenuity, transport, technology and associated stories creatively and interactively to educate and inspire the innovators of tomorrow.” With this in mind, MOTAT is an endearing and quirky space for your event, spread out over 40 acres since the 1800s and hosting up to 500 guests in their selected rooms for hire. With handpicked suppliers to take care of every event need − from audiovisual and styling to catering and serving − MOTAT is a venue that can even accommodate intimate parties of 10 for a quiet, classy night out. If you’re looking for something with more fireworks, check out their Aviation Hall, a masterpiece of aircraft history and prestige, and award-winning exhibition space to boot.
Auckland Town Hall
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A heritage building in the middle of Auckland City, Auckland Town Hall is known for its excellent acoustics and stunning Edwardian Baroque design. This landmark venue was constructed in 1911, then fully resorted in the 1990s with event hosting in mind. It features beautiful stained-glass windows, ornate plasterwork and sparkling chandeliers, with the ability to cater for up to over 1500 guests. Auckland Town Hall has 5 main spaces to choose from: the Great Hall, Supper Room, Deutz Bar, Concert Chamber and Balcony Foyer. They also provide complimentary WiFi for your guests for up to 500 devices.
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Bring a sense of wonder to any event with Auckland Zoo, home to a host of native and exotic animals, minutes from Central Auckland. An active conservation organisation, Auckland Zoo opened in 1992 and has had over 28 million visitors over the years. They have won a series of both national and international awards and serves as a unique venue for any event. Host your function in one of The Domes, a series of interconnected spaces that can accommodate up to 350 guests. With a custom-designed entrance, that can be personalised for your event, Auckland Zoo is an exciting venue choice.
Bruce Mason Centre
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Bruce Mason Centre rests on the shores of Takapuna Beach, surrounded by a selection of restaurants, accommodation and shops. They have 8 flexible and functional spaces to choose from, from the Hauraki Rooms to the Cannon Gallery, each with their own charm and varying capacities. Bruce Mason Centre can host up to 1200 guests, making it a perfect option for trade shows, gala dinners and the like. Gaze out as views of the majestic Rangitoto and surrounding waters, whilst enjoying the flood of natural light. 15 minutes from Auckland CBD, Bruce Mason Centre offers versatile spaces for your Auckland event.
University of Auckland’s Fale Pasifika
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Primarily, the fale functions as the cultural and spiritual home to the University of Auckland’s Pacific communities. Secondarily, it functions as a gorgeous space that can host a variety of private or corporate events for up to 250 people. This feature on the University’s campus provides guests with a real taste of Pacific culture. With 7 academics, artists, and architects from various Pacific communities having a personal hand in the design and construction of the Fale Pasifika Complex, the building is a genuine work of art that beautifully represents Pacific culture. The vast space is fairly customisable which makes it suitable for a variety of events, from seated dinners and conferences to cocktail events.
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With fresh ocean views and a fresher menu, Ostro is a Brasserie and Bar on the water's edge famed for its inspired, locally-sourced menu with a seasonal edge. This venue offers tranquil views of Waitemata Harbour and Takutai square, as well as a liberal mix of outdoor and indoor seating for a breezy flow between the views and the contemporary interior. Ostro can host anywhere from 20 to 150 guests for events such as cocktail parties, delicious dinners, private lunches and so much more, featuring a dedicated events team at your beck and call.
Ellerslie Events Centre
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Ellerslie Events Centre is a modern, spacious facility with sprawling grounds and 22 rooms to choose from when planning your Auckland event. They offer extensive outdoor space for functions and activities, as well as on-site catering and a professional events team to help organise and manage your event. Ellerslie can accommodate over 1000 guests in multiple spaces, from the airy and contemporary Guineas Ballroom on the very top floor to their Carbine Room, ideal for intimate meetings and conversations. Ellerslie also boasts top-notch audiovisual equipment, and professional entertainment and styling options.
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Seafarers bring to you a host of rooms to pick from, resting in Auckland's bustling harbour. Choose between 4 different spaces for your event: Green Room, Matisse Room, Tommys and Seven, all with an individual charm and varying capacities. Whereas the Green Room offers, as the name suggests, flourishing greenery, velvet and a distinct mood, Seven is a restaurant venue that brings all manner of Asiatic delicacies. Seafarers aim to offer a wide range of spaces for your event, with the same sense of convenience and luxury across the board.
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The home of the finest whiskies in Auckland, The Jefferson resides in the heart of Auckland City. This venue offers 3 separate spaces for functions, catering for up to 150 guests, and is available for both partial and exclusive hire. They offer several beverage packages for your guests, as well as a carefully tailored catering option served cocktail-style throughout the night. With a full bar on-site, as well as the option of whiskey tastings, The Jefferson makes for a unique venue for your Auckland event.
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Grand Mercure is part of Auckland's gorgeous waterfront district in the middle of the CBD, with a floor dedicated to conferences and events. This hotel venue features 9 spaces to select from: Boardroom, Little Barrier, Waiheke, Kawau, Browns, Motutapu, Rangitoto, Great Barrier and Hauraki Gulf. They can accommodate intimate parties of 14 and grander gatherings of 200, with options of accommodation, on-site catering, theming, styling and so much more credit to their committed and professional staff. Grand Mercure also features The Deck, an inner-city venue that's not to be missed.
The Maritime Room
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In the bustling and vibrant Viaduct Quay, The Maritime Room is a venue that can accommodate up to 400 guests. They reside within the historic National Maritime Museum and pride themselves on being a versatile event space, be it a product launch or a conference for hundreds. There are multiple spaces within The Maritime Room to pick between, flooded with natural light and allowing for gorgeous views of the harbour and colourful viaduct. They offer on-site catering, a team dedicated to helping plan and manage your event, and audiovisual specialists to assist with all of your needs.
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Expect more with Delamore Lodge, a venue located on the sunny and idyllic Waiheke Island. Offering privacy and a break from routine, Delamore Lodge hosts several corporate events and functions, including meetings, conferences, team building and much more. They can accommodate up to 60 delegates in their purpose-built Wharenui Pavilion, with audiovisual equipment and access to high-speed WiFi. They also offer on-site catering, luxurious accommodation, and extensive options in the way of travel and transfer to make things all the more convenient for everyone.
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Everybody’s is undoubtedly one of Auckland’s busiest spots, especially as it’s adjacent to a very popular nightclub, The Roxy. This restaurant-bar and function space has customisable function menus that can turn any night into one that will be never be forgotten. Everybody’s can play host to several events, from gala dinners to cocktail parties, with its contemporary atmosphere and European-inspired menu. The stunning interior design will give your gala night the wow factor that every event planner dreams of.
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A nod to the members-only establishments of New York City, Thursday Bar is an intimate venue on Symonds Street. With mood lighting, brushed fixtures and luxe furnishings - Thursday Bar will bring an air of sophistication to your event.
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Equipped with 7 flexible event spaces, restaurants, bars, and a convenient location – a literal stone’s throw away from the international arrival gate at Auckland International Airport – Novotel is the most convenient conference centre for international guests. Novotel provides Ergonomic furniture, high-tech equipment, and any catering you may need to ensure your conference is a resounding success. The Novotel company has several conference spaces located all around the world; let their international reputation fuel your confidence in the flawless execution of your event.
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An award-winning restaurant, Sails Restaurant is renown not just for its unrivalled views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, North Head and Rangitoto Island, but for impeccable service, style and attention to detail. Settled within the midst of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest marina, Westhaven, this restaurant venue looks out over hundreds of yachts, giving true meaning to the nickname 'City of Sails.' They can accommodate up to 160 seated guests (even more, cocktail-style), with mouthwatering menu options and open, modern space to complement the nature of any high-profile Auckland city event.
Sorrento in the Park
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In the gorgeous expanse of Cornwall Park, Sorrento is a venue that offers 400 acres of land overlooking Auckland City and Auckland's Manukau Harbour. This outdoor venue features lovely Pohutukawa trees and a serene private garden, with 3 separate function rooms to choose from all flooded with natural light. They can provide on-site catering, as well as full audiovisual assistance. Their spaces include Manukau Room, for up to 200 guests, Pohutukawa Room (which can be combined with Manukau Room), for 160 more, and Somerset Room, for a gathering of up to 60.
Wintergarden at The Civic
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A theatrical and colourful space, Wintergarden presents itself with flair, making it an ideal choice for gala dinners, cocktail parties, product launches and anything that needs a generous helping of pizzazz. With an Indian motif theme across the walls, arched windows and sloping ceilings, Wintergarden is as gorgeous as it is accommodating. It can host up to 600 delegates (410 when seated) and is equipped with the latest audiovisual gadgets as well as a full-length bar. Wintergarden at The Civic is an outstanding venue option in the heart of Auckland City
Grand Millenium Hotel
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The Grand Millennium can host more than 1,000 guests and is within the very centre of Auckland City. There are 16 flexible function spaces available, suitable for a range of styles and requirements. It boasts world-class amenities for you and your delegates, with complimentary WiFi, audiovisual equipment and 5 different spaces to choose from for your Auckland event. Grand Millenium Hotel combines elegance and convenience with personalised service, resulting in a night that your guests won’t forget anytime soon.
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Once known as Wine Chambers, The General is a restaurant venue housed in a historic building in the heart of Auckland City. Constructed in the 1920s, the Chicago-style architecture lends a definitive atmosphere to any event, with palatial marble and bronze accents. They have 2 unique spaces within the venue to choose from, able to host up to 22 guests; the restaurant itself is also available for exclusive hire, with the added bonus of on-site catering tailored to your requirements. The General specialises in creating a luxe, urban style, fitting of the surrounding city of Auckland.
Casita Miro Vineyard
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On the sunny and vibrant island of Waiheke, Casita Miro Vineyard is a hidden treasure of a venue that has won a host of awards throughout the years, including, most recently, Metro Peugeot's Restaurant of the Year. They offer exclusive use of their restaurant and grounds, Spanish- and Mediterranean-styled catering, a full capacity of 70 guests, and a team dedicated to perfecting your event. Boasting sea and vineyard views, Casita Miro Vineyard is a gorgeous spot for any event and is a hop and a skip away from Auckland via ferry.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
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With unmatched views of Auckland harbour and sleek, modern design all around, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour has the facilities to make your event one to remember. This city venue has 6 different spaces to choose between: The Boulevard Room, The Retreat, Marina Terrace, Halsey One, Halsey Two and The Cellar. They can host up to 230 of your guests, with inspired dining and catering options. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour offers on-site accommodation options and is a certified sustainable hotel. They combine luxury and convenience, ensuring that Sofitel is a premier hotel venue.
Stamford Plaza Auckland
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Stamford Plaza Auckland is centrally located and cater for up to 400 guests. They have a total of 8 different spaces to choose from, from the luxurious and spacious Stamford Ballroom, perfect for gala dinners and larger conferences, to the quaint Orchard Room, ideal for meetings or even as a breakaway spot. Stamford Plaza specialises in meeting their guests' needs, with a team dedicated to planning and organising your event. There's also the option of on-site catering and easy accommodation. Additionally, Stamford Plaza also offers complimentary WiFi for all conference delegates.
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Auckland's best-kept secret sits upon the cliff tops of Karioitahi Beach on the west coast, 70 km from the hustle and bustle of the city. This venue is a getaway from routine, offering a distraction-free venue for any event, with catering and accommodation options to boot. Castaways offer several conference packages, be it a few hours or overnight, with exciting choices such as "Glamping" to add some extra spark to your event. With stunning ocean views, a capacity of 120 delegates, and complimentary WiFi, Castaways is the perfect venue to escape to.
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Poderi Crisci is a vineyard that spans over 7.7 hectares. They're family-owned, with a love for wine-making and Italian cuisine, and take pride in being able to host any number of thrilling events. Poderi Crisci can host anywhere from 15 to 100 guests, be it an intimate team experience or a cocktail party that they can cater to perfection themselves. They allow the use of their gardens for outdoor events but offer indoor spaces, such as the Barrel Room or the restaurant if preferred. As they're located on Waiheke Island, Poderi Crisci is happy to lend a helping hand when it comes to organising transport.
For more great venue ideas, check out our venue guides for other major NZ cities:
Tauranga Venues | Hamilton Venues | Hawkes Bay Venues
Wellington Venues | Christchurch Venues | Queenstown Venues
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