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Top 12 Bay of Plenty Conference Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 27 Apr 2022
There’s nothing like a conference in Bay of Plenty, whether you’re looking to host one on the water’s edge or tucked away on acres of rolling green lawns. For many, Bay of Plenty is seen as a getaway destination, perfect for those events that span multiple days, with plenty of accommodation options and sights to see. Conferences of every size can find the ideal venue in Bay of Plenty. We’ve put together a list of some of the best conference venues in the region, equipped with all the technology you could ask for to ensure your function runs seamlessly. If you’re looking for our complete guide to Bay of Plenty venues, you can find that here.
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Hilton brings you their world-class facilities for your upcoming conference, surrounded awe-inspiring views of Lake Taupo and nature. Built in 1889 and refurbished, their space combines Victorian charm and modern comfort, a mere 10 minutes from the city and featuring everything from tennis courts to fitness centres. They provide a myriad of spaces for your conference, including The Terraces, Cellar Lounge, Library and Study, accommodating anywhere from 8 to 260 guests. With fantastic on-site catering courtesy of talented chefs, on-site accommodation options and more, Hilton is the ideal Bay of Plenty conference venue.
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Host your conference at Blue Baths, first 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.
Sixteenth Avenue Theatre
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Sixteenth Avenue Theatre is here to give your Bay of Plenty conference all the glitz and glamour of theatre. Featuring a stage and multiple rooms to choose from, this flexible conference venue is available for partial and exclusive hire. Their main spaces include The Auditorium, suitable for up to 150 guests; The Sparrow’s Wing, an annex accessed through the Green Room, a good option for a meeting room or breakaway area; and The Green Room & Bar, a hub of activity equipped with a full bar and kitchen, suitable for up to 70 guests. Sixteenth Avenue Theatre also boasts a dressing room for any of your requirements, whether it’s used as a coat room or storage space for equipment.
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service
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You can have a conference with style at Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service, a Bay of Plenty venue like few others that sits on one of the best beaches in the world and serves as a functional but stylish space to host your conference. Their main space can seat up to 110 guests, with a sprawling deck to enjoy the ocean air and sunshine. Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service also boasts meeting rooms, an upstairs function room and accommodation facilities, making it a more comprehensive and multi-purpose venue in Bay of Plenty. Your conference can extend over multiple levels or be as intimate as you like with Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service. They also offer catering options, as well as audiovisual equipment and high-speed WiFi to ensure your conference runs perfectly.
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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.
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Are you looking to host a conference with a bang? Look no further than Trustpower Baypark, an ever-expanding events facility that specialises in large-scale conferences, located right next to Mount Maunganui Main Beach and offering gorgeous views throughout. With close proximity to Tauranga Airport and, a little further down the line, Rotorua Airport, Trustpower Baypark is here to make your event as convenient as possible. They have a series of multi-functional rooms for your Bay of Plenty function, from corporate lounges to well-equipped auditoriums, with a maximum capacity of up to 4,400 delegates. Trustpower Baypark can accommodate both indoor and outdoor events, with a natural flow between their well-kept grounds and modern interior. Facilities include high-speed WiFi, audiovisual hire and assistance, on-site catering options, event management, and more.
Eagle Ridge Estate
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Eagle Ridge Estate is here to help you to host conferences with class, acting as one of Bay of Plenty’s favourite function spaces. With a wealth of experience in hosting all types of events, as well as a dedicated events management team on hand to help you plan the perfect function, this conference venue can be the ideal choice for you. Award-winning and committed to excellence, Eagle Ridge Estate offers both indoor and outdoor settings for your Bay of Plenty conference, 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. Eagle Ridge Estate also offers event packages for your convenience, making planning and executing your Bay of Plenty conference a piece of cake.
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A versatile and light-filled conference space, Charthouse is a Bay of Plenty functions centre located on the outskirts of the city. They have an experienced and committed events team on hand to help with the planning and running of your conference, alongside on-site catering options and all-day parking. Just minutes from the CBD, Charthouse allows for the exclusive use of their venue, accommodating up to 150 guests, with flexible arrangements of their function spaces. This Bay of Plenty conference venue also boasts audiovisual equipment and assistance and an in-house sound system. They have packages to choose from depending on the nature of your conference, with customisable options and go the extra mile when it comes to coordinating your Bay of Plenty conference.
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Built for business, The Orchard is a business and events hub that offers a variety of spaces and rooms for your next Bay of Plenty conference. They can host up to 100 guests, with their facilities including high-speed WiFi and state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. Their function spaces include: Mahi Tahi, seating up to 80 and with refreshments upon request; Puawai, seating up to 40 and with refreshments upon request; Poipoi (can be combined with Tupu), seating up to 12 and with refreshments upon request; Tupu (can be combined with Poipoi), seating up to 8 and with refreshments upon request; Kakano, seating up to 6 and with refreshments upon request; and Hono, seating up to 6 and with refreshments upon request. Each of their rooms has plenty of natural light and air conditioning, with external catering options available.
The Yacht Club
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The Yacht Club is a water-side conference venue that boasts 180-degree views of Tauranga Harbour, looking out at Mauao, Mount Maunganui and Matakana Island. Breathtaking and elegant, this venue can cater for up to 250 guests and is the perfect spot for your Bay of Plenty conference. Their main reception is located on the cusp of the waterfront, offering panoramic views of the harbour and creating an effortlessly beautiful backdrop for your conference. The Yacht Club has a seasoned team on hand to help you from top to bottom, with on-site catering available. Their spaces include the Ocean View Room, Harbour View Room, Mount View Room and Deck; they also have a bar and kitchen on-premises. The Yacht Club is Bay of Plenty’s premier waterfront venue, with unmatched views and service for your conference.
Clarence Hotel & Bistro
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Clarence Hotel & Bistro is a boutique hotel located in Tauranga, found within the walls of the Historic Tauranga Post Office. Dating all the way back to the 1900s, this Bay of Plenty hotel venue offers up plenty of charm and character. As a conference space, they have a specially-designed conference room for your use, versatile and regularly used for conferences, and more. On top of that, Clarence Hotel & Bistro has delicious on-site catering options, as well as accommodation in any one of their artful and elegant rooms. You can also head downstairs to the Bistro or Iki Bar for drinks and something to nibble on, featuring a diverse, flavoursome menu that is sure to delight you and your guests.
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Baycourt is the nesting ground of artists in Bay of Plenty. Fortunately for everyone, it’s also available for hire as a conference venue in the heart of downtown Tauranga. Specialising in hosting the performing arts, Baycourt offers on-site catering, audiovisual equipment and assistance, and even marketing and advertising expertise for your conference. They have a dedicated events coordinator to help with the planning and running of your conference, boasting several spaces for your Bay of Plenty conference. Baycourt has a 4 Star Qualmark rating and is a member of the Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand. They also have a fully-licensed bar in their foyer, making for an excellent breakaway space for you and your guests to mingle in during your conference.
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Hotel Armitage is one of Bay of Plenty’s versatile hotel venues, featuring a total of 4 main function rooms to choose from and an expert events team on hand to help with everything from start to finish. Their spaces include the Washington Room, with a capacity of 150 guests and able to be combined with Domain Room; Domain Room, with a capacity of 80 guests and able to be combined with Washington Room; Harbourview Function Room, overlooking Tauranga Harbour and with a capacity of 80 guests; and, lastly, Gallery Function Room, overlooking the busy city and with a capacity of 50. Hotel Armitage offers on-site catering, audiovisual equipment and assistance, high-speed WiFi, and so much more - everything you need to host a perfect Bay of Plenty conference.