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25 Best Meeting Venues in Wellington
by Raashka Mannie | 18 Mar 2020
Host your next meeting in Wellington, surrounded by clear waters and peaceful beaches. As a city boasting a waterfront promenade and functioning harbour, it makes perfect sense that it’s a hub for activity and growth. If you’re looking to have your next meeting in Wellington, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of meeting venues in the city for you to consider, from classic hotel venues to curated meeting spaces. Wellington also features several fun activities and gorgeous sights to see, so take advantage of your time in that thriving city and make your meeting one to remember. Check out our full Wellington venues guide here for more.
Michael Fowler Centre
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If you’re looking for a grand venue to give your meeting an extra spark, try the Michael Fowler Centre. Award-winning architecture and a prime location, Michael Fowler Centre is an elegant venue for your next Wellington meeting. The centre has a three-story glass facade, and the interior is comprised of Italian marble and native timber. Michael Fowler Centre is also a cultural hub for many Wellingtonians as it functions as the home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Two of their unique event spaces are the Renouf Foyer and the Lion Harbourview Lounge. The Renouf Foyer boasts plenty of natural light, a sophisticated-looking hardwood floor, and space for up to 300 seated guests. The Lion Harbourview lounge boasts (as expected from its name) beautiful views over the Wellington harbour, with floor-to-ceiling windows to enhance the look and create a consistent flow of natural light for your meeting.
Te Raukura - Te Wharewaka o Poneke
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You can have your Wellington meeting at Te Raukura - Te Wharewaka o Poneke, an iconic landmark of the Wellington Waterfront. It boasts 5 function spaces available for groups ranging from 20 to 500. It is a dedicated function space, so you can rest assured that it has all the latest audiovisual technology, along with areas that have been purpose-built for hosting successful meetings. Visitors will also be able to view 3 Maori waka, permanently on display – except for when they are out on the water, which can be arranged. Waka harbour tours are considered to be one of the most culturally inspiring things to do in the city. So, if you have international clients coming to your meeting, make use of the waka’s availability to leave your guests in awe.
Meetings On The Terrace
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Meetings On The Terrace, or MOTT, is a meeting venue located in Wellington’s CBD, specialising in offering flexible spaces for business meetings, professional exams and training courses. Their rooms provide natural light, airconditioning, high ceilings, clear acoustics, WiFi and much more. They have preferred caterers on hand to help with the nibbles and drinks at your meeting, as well as an audiovisual equipment list for you to peruse when booking your space. Meetings On The Terrace can host anywhere from 4 to 100 guests. Their ground floor rooms are a favourite amongst delegates, preferred for their convenience and light-filled setting throughout meetings.
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There’s nothing quite like a meeting at Space Place, full of knowledge and potential. This unique meeting venue is situated within Wellington’s famed Botanical Gardens, sharing stories of the skies through multimedia exhibits, interactive galleries, the historic Thomas Cooke telescope, and a digital, full-dome planetarium. This venue is available for both partial and exclusive hire, hosting up to 60 seated or 180 standing guests, with the options of speakers and stargazing to delight and entertain everyone at your meeting. There are 4 separate spaces within Space Place: The Planetarium, Library, Gallery and Exploration Room, all with their own charm and purposes. This Wellington venue brings with it the undeniable beauty of the city, juxtaposed against the breathtaking views of our galaxy.
Miramar Links Conference & Function Venue
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Specialising in functions of every kind, Miramar Links Conference & Function Venue is an award-winning venue that is happy to host a meeting for you at Miramar Golf Club. Close to the city and airport, this meeting venue has a number of rooms to choose from and excellent on-site catering for your event. With their ultra-convenient location, Miramar Links Conference & Function Venue is an excellent option for a meeting venue, featuring an events team that is here to make sure that the planning and running of your meeting is nothing short of perfection. Their meeting rooms also come equipped with sound systems, data projector/screen, electronic whiteboards and any other audiovisual equipment you might need for your meeting.
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
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A meeting venue full of history, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club was established in 1883 and overlooks the glittering marina, making it an ideal meeting space on the water’s edge. There are 3 separate and versatile rooms for hire within the Club: The Noel Manthel Boardroom, The Wardroom, and The Alan Martin Room. Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club offers options such as on-site catering, audiovisual assistance and breakaway rooms for further discussion and networking. With the Wellington cityscape and Clyde Quay Marina serving as a backdrop, this is one of Wellington’s prettiest meeting venue options.
City Gallery Wellington
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City Gallery Wellington is a space that allows you to host your meeting amongst some of the best and most fascinating works from Kiwi and international talent. This Wellington venue focuses on displaying contemporary visual art and design from New Zealand and around the world. This public gallery is in the centre of Wellington City and has won awards for its architecture and design, ensuring that it’s a wonderful option for a meeting venue. There are 4 private spaces within it to choose from: The Hancock Gallery and Foyer, The Adam Auditorium, Deane and Hirschfeld Foyer, and The Boardroom. You can host anywhere from 12 to 250 delegates, with the exciting option of private viewings/tours of the gallery to delight your guests with.
Wellington ANZ Centre
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The Wellington ANZ Center is one of the best-located workspaces for hire in Wellington. It sits in the heart of Wellington’s commercial precinct and financial centre. The unique architecture of the tower amplifies the harbour views providing a relaxing and meditative workspace for its inhabitants. There are multiple meeting rooms on offer, all fully equipped with the latest AV tech and high-speed wifi. Rooms in the Wellington ANZ Centre are available for hire by the hour and are perfect for training, client pitches, interviews, or presentations.
Terrace Conference Centre
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The Wellington Terrace Conference centre is a meeting venue with a myriad of options, boasting 14 rooms spread out over 4 levels. Each one of these rooms is filled with natural light, has high-quality sound insulation, client-controlled air conditioning, and wireless, high-speed WiFi. Depending on the needs of your meeting, Terrace Conference Centre can host anywhere from 6 to 100 guests. This Wellington meeting venue firmly believes that a successful meeting requires good food, good space, and reliable equipment. They stand by this mantra to make sure that every meeting they host is a successful one.
Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel
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Three well-lit spacious meeting rooms are available for hire at Mercure Hotel Wellington – The Port Room (18 pax), The Nautical Room (36 pax), and the Starboard Room (20 pax). With numerous testimonials from other business that have used their corporate event spaces, it is safe to say that Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel has a reputation that they uphold every time.
Willeston Conference Centre
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Willeston Conference Centre is not only about conferences. They can host seminars, lectures, interviews and, most importantly, meetings. Their open rooms are spacious, full of natural light and offer lovely views of the harbour with its central location. Willeston Conference Centre also offers event management and secretarial services, on-site catering, high-speed WiFi, and audiovisual equipment hire and assistance. Their rooms include the Pohutukawa, Monarch, Tussock, Kauri, Moana, Koru and Dining Room. They can host anywhere from 8 to 120 people, with the options of after-hours meetings and other events. If you’re part of the government or a non-profit organisation, chat to their helpful team about lowered rates for your Wellington meeting.
Lower Hutt Event Centre
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Lower Hutt Event Centre is a purpose-built event centre that can serve as the perfect venue for your Wellington meeting. They are owned and operated by Hutt City Council, bringing with them 20 years of operating experience and 40 years of hospitality experience. Their seasoned on-site conference manager will work with you to bring your meeting to life in their multi-purpose venue. Spacious rooms with plenty of natural light and a muted colour scheme makes their spaces an ideal environment for any meeting no matter the size. Lower Hutt Event Centre has a range of rooms available that can each host anywhere from 10 to 900 people. Extended and refurbished in 2018, the Lower Hutt Event Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and modern facilities.
Front + Centre
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Front + Centre is a meeting venue that is designed to bring about productivity in a modern setting. Their primary goal is to create spaces that change your perspective to help you achieve and succeed. They have 7 thoughtfully designed rooms, with tons of natural light, access to audiovisual equipment, and high-speed WiFi. Front + Centre know the cognitive benefit of a short shift in space, so they have hot desks and breakaway areas that function as a new environment for anyone using the venue, helping you and your guests to spark your best and freshest ideas. This Wellington venue is one of the best meeting spaces in the city with good reason.
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One of Wellington's favourite restaurants, The Arborist, has a downstairs corporate function space that can host up to 45 seated guests. This makes it the perfect space for big meetings. They provide the tech and the catering (which you know is going to be insanely good), you provide the guests. Their experienced team of function experts can help you during the planning process of your event to make the whole experience a breeze.
Ronald Mcdonald House
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The ASB Community Room in Ronald Mcdonald House is the perfect boardroom space for meetings. The benefits of using the ASB Community Room are abundant. Not only do you get a well-lit, spacious venue with high-speed wifi and top quality audio-visual tech, but all the profits from hiring the space will go to a great cause – you are supporting the children of families that need an extra hand. They even help out fellow not-for-profit organisations by offering a special hire rate for the Community Room. They also offer a separate room with two-dozen lazy-boy chairs and a projector – perfect for long presentations.
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Bureau Workspaces are a digitally integrated co-working and office-share space; they also manage two meeting spaces. One of which is on the terrace of the Bureau Workspace that can host 8-10 people. The other is located near Wellington Airport in the Maranui Cafe building, which can host up to 25 people. Both venues are well lit and have access to high-speed wifi and complimentary audio-visual tech.
Urban Hub Offices
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Urban Hub Serviced Offices has a range of bookable meeting rooms suitable for up to 10 people. Each room is acoustically designed for privacy and the lighting provided is soft and ambient. Business-grade internet and the latest tech (including 55” HD screens) are complementary with each room. With plenty of experience in the corporate event industry, if you can tell the team at Urban Hub Offices what your goal is, then they can help you bring it to life.
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Cliftons is a purpose-built venue in the heart of the city that boasts some of the best views of Wellington. They are all about hosting corporate and educational events (with meetings definitely on the menu), so they supply a few things that your average venue space might not have thought about. These include acoustically-treated walls, whiteboards, 360-degree magnetic strips, and ergonomic furniture. Cliftons prepares your room before you arrive, and while you are busy working, the team can ready the breakaway room with a fully catered in-house menu. They’re a Wellington venue totally equipped to host your meeting no matter the size.
Grand Mercure Wellington
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Grand Mercure Wellington is here to bring you a polished hotel venue option for your meeting. With a plethora of rooms bathed in natural light and a dedicated events team that is here to take care of you and your guests (from 2 to 200), the Grand Mercure in Wellington is a premium choice amongst Wellington hotel venues for their impeccable service and scenic setting. The venue overlooks Cuba Quarter and is a stone’s throw from the middle of the city. Grand Mercure Wellington offers 8 different spaces to choose from when planning your meeting, from a dedicated conference floor, with the latest in audiovisual technology, to The Residence, conveniently situated right next to their kitchen and suitable for catering lunches, dinners and the like.
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Sitting on the gorgeous waterfront, Intercontinental Wellington offers stunning views and a five-star experience in the middle of the city. There are a total of 6 spaces to choose from for your meeting, including the Lambton Room, Thorndon Room, Aurora Room, Rosanna Room, Featherston Room, Wellington Room and Lambton 3. Host anywhere from 12 to 400 attendees, with 6 sales and meetings professionals on-site at any given time to help perfect your meeting. Intercontinental Wellington also offers award-winning cuisine and on-site dining options to cater to your meeting, ensuring that your function has the full package.
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You can sprinkle a touch of French luxury on your meeting with Sofitel Wellington. There are 3 versatile meeting spaces for hire: Lady Norwood, Marsden Boardroom and Rosa Room. They’re all available all on the same level within the hotel, so, if your meeting requires multiple rooms, then you can rest assured that there will be easy travel between the various spaces. Sofitel’s event team works in tandem with an audiovisual team from Encore Event Technologies to ensure that your meeting runs as smoothly as possible. With the convenient options of on-site accommodation and catering, Sofitel Wellington aims to create a truly memorable experience for you and your guests.
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Rydges is a classic hotel venue with streamlined service, ideal for meetings large and small. This meeting venue is a mere minute from Wellington’s central train station, and an additional minute or two from landmarks such as Queens Wharf and Te Papa. The epitome of convenience and luxury, Rydges is a hotel venue that can host up to 230 of your guests and offers a dedicated events team to help plan and organise your meeting. There are a total of 7 spaces within Rydges to pick between, all of which are as flexible as they come, with natural light, integrated audiovisual equipment, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, and a
spacious pre-function option for your meeting.
West Plaza Hotel
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West Plaza Hotel is centrally located and boasts specifically designed meeting room facilities for your convenience. They’re able to cater for up to 230 delegates, with the options of breakout rooms and a team committed to helping you plan and organise your meeting. West Plaza Hotel is dedicated to making your meeting run as smoothly as possible, with on-site catering and accommodation, as well as high-speed WiFi and audiovisual equipment hire if required for your meeting. They’re just over 6km from the airport and can help with the organisation of transport and anything else you and your guests might need.
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Set on Cuba Street, CQ Hotels are as vibrant as they come in bustling Wellington City. These hotels are arranged side-by-side, sharing a joint reception, restaurant, spa and other amenities. Their event spaces are much the same, accommodating up to 220 guests and with 2 areas to pick between, including The Cuba and The Wellington Boardroom. With state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, exposed brickwork for added charm, and the option of individual, soundproofed rooms, CQ Hotels pride themselves on being a perfect option for any Wellington meeting. The Wellington Boardroom is a fantastic space to host your meeting, fully equipped with everything you could need to have a day filled with productivity and success.
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Host your meeting at Bolton Hotel, Wellington’s only Qualmark 5-star rated luxury boutique hotel. It has 2 purpose-built event spaces, both of which are modern and spacious, with the ability to accommodate up to 60 of your guests. Bolton Hotel features Bisque on Bolton, an award-winning dining establishment that is more than happy to offer on-site catering for your meeting. Bolton Hotel also provides the option of on-site accommodation in any one of their 142 guest rooms, all with lovely views of the Wellington cityscape. A stroll from the CBD, this meeting venue is the epitome of luxury and ease when it comes to hosting a successful and productive function.