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Bay of Plenty Venues for Hire - The Complete Guide

by Avya Trotter-Hlavac | 26 Jan 2024

Extending from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east, the Bay of Plenty region is best known for its picturesque coastline and marine life. Aptly named, the region is plentiful when it comes to venues for hire. We've compiled a list of the region's finest - from luxurious hotels to down-to-earth community spaces. For our guide to Bay of Plenty wedding venues, click here.


Rydges Rotorua

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Rydges Rotorua is located on the edge of the famous Redwood forest and boasts 8 spaces ranging from large-scale conference rooms to boardrooms, with a total capacity of 750 guests. The friendly team at Rydges have the experience, passion and resources to host exceptional events - from weddings to conferences, birthdays to meetings.

Arawa Park Hotel Rotorua

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Arawa Park Hotel Rotorua is a comprehensive conference venue overlooking the city of Rotorua. As part of the esteemed Rydges Hotel collection, Arawa Park maintains an uncompromised commitment to quality. This Bay of Plenty venue welcomes conferences, meetings, seminars, training, trade shows, weddings, receptions, social soirees and celebrations.

Trinity Wharf

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Few event and conference venues can match the outlook at Trinity Wharf. A premium, family-owned venue designed to highlight the beauty & spirit of the Tauranga harbour, Trinity Wharf does just that. Built on three piers that extend over the water, the hotel boasts panoramic harbour views through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Longfords Estate

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Longfords Estate is an impressive family-owned farm just 10 minutes from Rotorua. With the spaces, facilities and expertise to host special events - Longfords Estate is suitable for anywhere from 160 to 320 guests. One of our favourite features is the onsite caravan bar named Lola.

Eagle Ridge Estate

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Eagle Ridge is the country estate of our dreams. The 25-acre property boasts charming homesteads, beautiful lawns, award-winning service, exceptional cuisine, top-tier facilities and onsite accommodation overlooking the ocean and surrounding countryside.

Mercury Baypark

Mercury Baypark

Enjoy an exceptional event experience in the sunny Bay of Plenty with Mercury Baypark. An extensive events and sporting precinct, Mercury Baypark hosts large-scale events thanks to 13,000 m² of available inside space, on-site parking for up to 5,000 vehicles, large outdoor areas, and a 17,000-seat stadium. With the added benefit of in-house catering, audiovisual and marketing services - you're all set for success on a whole new level. 


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Charthouse is an elegant wedding venue overlooking the Marina yachts on Tauranga Harbour. With all-inclusive wedding packages or the option of BYO - Charthouse offers the flexibility to host your day your way. Enjoy sun-soaked spaces and waterfront views at Charthouse.


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Omahanui is the forest venue of our dreams. Just 20 minutes from Tauranga, this venue will take you a world away. The serene pathway will lead you to the ceremony platform, a magical location amidst the native bush. Celebrations can continue across the lawns, with your reception taking place in the permanent marquee.

Surf and Sand

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Surf and Sand is an exclusive beachfront venue with 5 acres of park-like surroundings, kitchen facilities, marquee hire and accommodation. Located on Ohope Beach, Surf and Sand is available for limited dates each year. For an outdoor wedding with your toes in the sand, Surf and Sand awaits. 

The Yacht Club

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The Yacht Club offers a premium function venue overlooking Tauranga Harbour towards Mount Maunganui. With the capacity to host 200-250 guests, The Yacht Club is a stress-free venue with spectacular views, plenty of parking and onsite catering. The Yacht Club is the sunniest spot in town for a relaxed birthday, awards evening, corporate function or celebration



Baycourt is Tauranga's premium performing arts and events facility. Since its opening in 1983, Baycourt has been an integral part of the arts and culture community of the Bay of Plenty. With a show-stopping theatre, breakout spaces and an industrial shed-style space, Baycourt hosts various events - from conferences and weddings to performances and celebrations.


Ohope Beach Golf Links

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Established in 1972 by local golfing enthusiasts, Ohope Beach Golf Links is a comprehensive venue for hire. Overlooking Ohiwa Harbour and the White & Whale Islands, this Ohope venue is a hot spot for conferences, gala dinners, cocktail parties, and weddings. Enjoy full event facilities alongside the golf greens at Ohope Beach Golf Links.


Hamurana Lodge

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Amidst the trees overlooking Lake Rotorua, Hamurana Lodge is a breath of fresh air. Not only a place for leisure and relaxation, Hamurana Lodge offers an idyllic and fully equipped venue for your special event. You'll find everything in one place: a superb setting, award-winning French cuisine and thorough, bespoke support.

Hotel Armitage

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Hotel Armitage has a penchant for elegant events, including receptions, celebrations, conferences and corporate functions. Located in Central Tauranga, the venue is comprised of four beautiful spaces, including a poolside Restaurant and Function Room overlooking Tauranga Harbour. With the conveniences and accommodation, you'd expect from a highly-reviewed hotel - Hotel Armitage is an all-in-one venue in the Bay of Plenty. 

Sixteenth Avenue Theatre

Sixteenth Avenue Theatre

16th Avenue Theatre is a charitable society that has been managed by volunteers since 1936, making it one of the oldest continuously operating drama groups in New Zealand. Not only home to a community of passionate artists, 16th Avenue Theatre is available for partial or exclusive hire. With a 150-seat auditorium, break-out areas, a full bar, kitchen and dressing room - 16th Avenue Theatre hosts meetings, stage productions, conferences and more.


Clarence Hotel & Bistro

Clarence Bistro

Clarence Bistro is a classy venue with a touch of romance. Want live music, a DJ, bar service and beautiful floral decor to set the scene? Say no more; the dedicated team at Clarence Bistro will look after you. Whether you want to book a private room or take over the entire venue, Clarence Bistro is an intimate and refined space for 20 to 100 guests.

Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service

Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service

The Mount Maunganui Surf Lifesaving Club is an iconic venue on the beachfront at the base of Mount Maunganui. Boasting the best location in town, The Club has undergone significant renovations to create a modern space for weddings and events. Thanks to a commercial kitchen, couples are invited to bring their favourite caterer onsite.


Waverly on Wairoa

Waverly On Wairoa

Set on the edge of the Wairoa River, Waverly on Wairoa is a purpose-built events centre with all the bells and whistles for your big day. The lawn makes for a beautiful waterside ceremony, while the venue can seat up to 150 guests for your reception formalities. Thanks to a large on-site kitchen, you can bring your favourite caterers!