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Bay of Plenty Venues for Hire - The Complete Guide
by Raashka Mannie | 14 Dec 2020
On the northern coast of New Zealand, Bay of Plenty is one of the many shining facets of the country. Extending from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east, this region is home to several gorgeous venues offering gorgeous views of the ocean. With both Tauranga and Rotorua located in the Bay of Plenty, it has its fair share of tourists. We’ve put together a list of some of the best venues to be found in Bay of Plenty, from stunning and luxurious hotels to down-to-earth community spaces that reflect the relaxed ambience of the area. For our guide to Bay of Plenty wedding venues, click here.
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With awe-inspiring views of Lake Taupo and nature, Hilton is here to offer their world-class facilities for your upcoming event. 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 function, 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 venue.
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Longfords Estate is a venue that does it all, from corporate to personal events in the stunning Bay of Plenty. Set on a 2000-acre farm and family-owned since 1937, this versatile venue can host anywhere from 160 to 320 guests, perfect for cocktail parties, weddings, conferences, and so much more. Longfords Estate is a breezy 10-minute drive from the centre of Rotorua, settled at the end of a long beautiful redwood-lined driveway. Their facilities are seemingly endless, including everything from tailored on-site catering to a quirky caravan bar, Lola, for added character. Longfords Estate is the comprehensive Bay of Plenty venue you're looking for.
Eagle Ridge Estate
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Eagle Ridge Estate hosts events with class, priding itself as a venue for private functions in Bay of Plenty. They host 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. Award-winning and 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. Eagle Ridge Estate also offers event packages for your convenience, making planning and executing your Bay of Plenty function all the more straightforward.
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Seated on the water’s edge, Trinity Wharf is a Bay of Plenty venue that offers flexibility and beauty in equal amounts, with stunning views and stunning service to boot. A 4.5-star hotel, this versatile venue has an on-site restaurant and contemporary atmosphere, situated just 10 minutes from Tauranga Airport. Centrally located, it features 7 different spaces to choose from for your Bay of Plenty function, including the Pool Houses, Trinity Rooms, Lobby and Exhibition Hall. The spaces can be used separately or combined, allowing for up to 400 guests in total. Trinity Wharf also provides high-speed WiFi, catering options, event management, audiovisual equipment and assistance, and so much more, making it a top choice for any Bay of Plenty function.
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Initially opened in 1933, Blue Baths was 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.
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An ever-expanding events facility, Trustpower Baypark specialises in conferences and other large-scale events, 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.
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Charthouse is a Bay of Plenty functions centre that hosts all manner of events, be it a wedding, celebratory dinner, cocktail party, conference, meeting or more. They have an experienced and committed events team on hand to help with the planning and running of your event, 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 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 event, with customisable options and go the extra mile when it comes to coordinating your function.
Papamoa Beach Resort
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Beauty untamed and unfiltered can be found 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.
Olive Tree Cottage
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An all-weather venue with style, Olive Tree Cottage is a flexible venue in Bay of Plenty that offers a series of customisable packages for your next event. Although they specialise in hosting drop-dead gorgeous weddings, Olive Tree Cottage is also an expert when it comes to hosting dinners, cocktail parties and other corporate events. Featuring polished kauri floors, a silk-linked marquee, cottage gardens, modern bar, as well as acres of farmland and forestry, Olive Tree Cottage is a Bay of Plenty venue that offers spades of versatility for your function. Additionally, they offer incredible on-site catering options, whether you’re looking to host a seated dinner or canapés for 100 lucky guests. Established in 1930, Olive Tree Cottage is dedicated to upholding their longstanding tradition of premier service, making them a fantastic venue choice in Bay of Plenty.
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The Orchard is a business and events hub, offering a multitude of spaces and rooms for your next Bay of Plenty event. 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.
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Situated just outside of Tauranga, Fountain Gardens is located in Plummers Point Peninsula and serves as a beautiful venue for cocktail parties, dinners and more. With a penchant for hosting weddings, Fountain Gardens features 3 acres of jaw-dropping gardens and greenery, glittering to life each night with over 200 lights sprinkled throughout. Their primary function space is an open, light-filled marquee that can fit up to 120 guests, including a separate dance/entertainment area and a separate bar area. If you’re looking to host an outdoor event, their large lawn can be perfect. Fountain Gardens offers on-site catering options alongside a handy events team to help with the planning and running of your Bay of Plenty event. A special touch to your function could be a garden tour, showcasing some of the best of New Zealand’s native flora and fauna.
Surf and Sand
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Surf and Sand can be found on the eastern side of Bay of Plenty, surrounded by lush parks and framed by the beach. Ohope Beach has maintained the title of “New Zealand’s most loved beach” for many years - and with good reason. Surf and Sand is proud to say that they regularly host a number of significant events, including the annual Classics At Ohope event, Sun to Surf 1/2 marathon event and bi-annual Whakatane Wedding Fair. Primarily an outdoor venue, Surf and Sand is available for exclusive hire: you can use their entire park, complete with kitchen and restroom facilities, seating, a sound system and complimentary WiFi. The helpful team at Surf and Sand is happy to lend a hand with organising catering, accommodation and activities to entertain you and your guests.
The Yacht Club
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Tauranga’s favourite waterfront venue, The Yacht Club, 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 event. 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 function. The Yacht Club has a seasoned team on hand to help you from start to finish, 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.
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The home of art in Bay of Plenty, Baycourt, is available for your hire as a multi-purpose 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 function. They have a dedicated events coordinator to help with the planning and running of your event, boasting several spaces for your use, be it a meeting for a handful or a seminar for 100. 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.
Ohope International Golf Club
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Swinging to life in 1972, Ohope International Golf Club was created by golfing enthusiasts and now serves as a space for so much more. The Bay of Plenty venue rests between the glittering Pacific Ocean and the tranquil Ohiwa Harbour, serving as the perfect spot 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 the planning and running of your function, 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 Bay of Plenty.
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Barely 15 minutes from the airport, Hamurana Lodge is a luxurious space that offers boutique accommodation and a cushy experience for you and your guests. With state-of-the-art technology on hand, helpful staff and various areas to choose between, this Bay of Plenty venue can be the ideal location for your next event. Hamurana Lodge can host up to 20 guests indoors, making it perfect for meetings and other intimate gatherings. If you’re looking for a team-building event, they offer everything, from wine-tasting to adventure activities and tours for you and your colleagues to unwind with. As an award-winning hotel, Hamurana Lodge specialises in tailored, impeccable service, boasting 15 acres of surrounding land and customised itineraries for you and your lucky guests.
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Hotel Armitage has a penchant for hosting incredible corporate and private events, with a total of 4 main function rooms to choose from and an expert events team on hand to help with everything from top to bottom. 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 faultless Bay of Plenty event.
Sixteenth Avenue Theatre
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There’s no business like show business, and Sixteenth Avenue Theatre is here to make sure that your Bay of Plenty event is a show like none other. Featuring a stage and multiple rooms to choose from, this flexible 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.
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Offering both garden and sparkling ocean views, Oceanside is a Bay of Plenty venue along the seaside that specialises in hosting conferences, meetings and corporate events. With on-site accommodation and catering, they will take care of your function from start to finish. Their rooms are filled with natural light, including their Conference Room, fitting up to 80 guests, and Boardroom, catering for up to 12 and more suited to hosting meetings or used as a breakaway space. Oceanside offers high-speed WiFi, a kitchenette, audiovisual equipment and more. You’re so close to the ocean that you have private access to Mt Maunganui Beach and several eateries dotted along the shoreline. If you’re looking for a Bay of Plenty venue filled with convenience and bordered by the sea, Oceanside is the right choice for you.
Clarence Hotel & Bistro
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A boutique hotel in Tauranga, Clarence Hotel & Bistro rests within the walls of the Historic Tauranga Post Office. Dating all the way back to the 1900s, this Bay of Plenty venue offers up plenty of charm and character. As an event space, they have a specially-designed conference room for your use, versatile and regularly used for conferences, seminars, lectures, meetings 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.
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service
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Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service is a Bay of Plenty venue like few others, sitting on one of the best beaches in the world and serving as a functional but stylish space to host your function. 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. Whether you’re looking to host a meeting, seminar, conference, wedding, cocktail party or more, Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service can be the ideal venue for you. They also offer catering options, as well as audiovisual equipment and high-speed WiFi to ensure your function runs perfectly.
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A community space like Matua Hall, Greerton Hall is another Bay of Plenty venue that speaks for the locals and reflects their distinct charm. Located in the central business district, this function space is used as a spot that hosts a range of activities, from indoor bowling to markets, featuring a stage and on-site kitchen. As Bay of Plenty’s largest community hall, it fits up to 260 people (standing), with the main hall and additional annex space running along the length of the hall. Greerton Hall is the perfect spot for more expansive events that still want that edging of comfort, whether you’re looking to host a play or an exhibition for hundreds. With a kitchen stocked to cater to 150 guests, this Bay of Plenty venue is more than capable of hosting cocktail parties and gala dinners.
Waverly on Wairoa
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A purpose-built venue in Tauranga, Waverly on Wairoa is seated right above the serene waters of the Wairoa River, offering peaceful views and surrounded by the natural beauty of Bay of Plenty. This venue features natural polished floors, neutral tones, vast sliding doors and an enormous deck to soak up the sunlight. 10 minutes from Tauranga’s centre, Waverly on Wairoa hosts every kind of event, from conferences to cocktail parties, equipped with an expert events team to help with the organising of your Bay of Plenty function. They also offer team building activities for you and your guests. Waverly on Wairoa can accommodate anywhere from 60 to 140 guests; their main events space adapts to whatever layout you please. With a commercial kitchen for your caterer’s use, this Bay of Plenty venue is a wonderful option.
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Matua Hall is a light-filled and comfortable events space located just on the fringes of the expansive and evergreen Matua Park. This Bay of Plenty venue is perfect for a cosier meeting, conference or seminar, with a more relaxed vibe and homely atmosphere. There are several spaces within Matua Hall to hold your event, but the main space is the Hall, equipped with central heating and audiovisual technology for your use. Facilities include an on-site kitchenette for your catering convenience, as well as a separate lounge that can be used as a breakaway area. Matua Hall can host up to 175 guests, with tables and chairs available for use if required. As a prominent part of the community and its myriad of functions, Matua Hall is a Bay of Plenty venue that gives real meaning to its location.