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Christchurch Venues for Hire - The Complete Guide

by Avya Hlavac | 19 Feb 2024

Something old meets something new in Christchurch, the garden city of New Zealand. The city has undergone major restorations in the last decade, and as a result, the region's event scene is livelier than ever. Famous for its beautiful gardens, English architecture and vibrant arts community - Ōtautahi is a beloved place amongst locals and travellers alike. Moreover, this southern city has an abundance of venues rich in character and design flair. Discover our favourite venues in Christchurch, from heritage buildings to high-tech facilities, luxury hotels, and out-of-town vineyards. Without further ado, let's dive into it! Here's our complete guide to Christchurch venues. 

Rydges Latimer

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Impress your guests with a harmonious and streamlined experience at Rydges Latimer - a refined venue in the heart of the garden city. With a 400-guest capacity, Rydges Latimer hosts conferences, conventions, seminars, training days, weddings and social gatherings.

Larcomb Vineyard

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Larcomb Vineyard is a charming red barn venue adorned with vines and greenery. This rustic venue has three dynamic spaces, including The Big Barn - a character-filled space with high ceilings and exposed beams. Located just 25 minutes from Christchurch CBD, Larcomb Vineyard offers a true taste of the Canterbury Region.

Te Pae

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Te Pae Christchurch is a landmark venue that displays cutting-edge architecture and provides a sense of community in the city's heart. Each space reflects the region's character while offering highly responsive design – combining to create the ideal event environment. From staging and production to culinary experiences and exhibitor requirements - the expert team at Te Pae will work with you to create an event to remember.

Chateau on the Park, Hilton

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Chateau on the Park is a classic venue set amidst five acres of vineyards and award-winning gardens. The hotel features beautiful glass corridors, an elegant turret, and all things old-world charm. Complete with catering, accommodation, dynamic spaces and an expert events team - Chateau on the Park sets the scene for something truly special.

Ōnuku Marae

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Ōnuku Marae is located 1.5 hrs from Christchurch CBD and moments from the beautiful township of Akaroa. Upon your arrival, you are customarily welcomed onto the Marae with a traditional pōwhiri, and though the venue offers modern comforts and facilities - you'll experience the all-encompassing warmth of a local Marae.


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Haere-Roa is an award-winning Christchurch venue with an outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the Ôtakaro Avon River. Complete with high-tech features and sustainable solutions, Haere-Roa delivers corporate celebrations, theatre productions, weddings, product launches, conferences, trade shows, and live shows.

Mona Vale

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Mona Vale is a charming homestead nestled alongside Christchurch's Avon River. Blending the elegance of a bygone era with the facilities of the modern day, Mona Vale is a beloved venue for cocktail parties, seated dinners, and weddings. Set amidst expansive gardens and lush grounds, Mona Vale holds a special place in the hearts of Christchurch locals.

Riverside Kitchen

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Riverside Kitchen is a culinary school and event space located within Riverside Market in the heart of Christchurch. With interactive demonstrations and cooking classes to kick off your team-building day, Riverside Kitchen brings the fun back to events. Not limited to team building, Riverside Kitchen is also a beautiful space for private dining, cocktail parties and more. 

The Great Hall

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Nestled within Christchurch's beloved Arts Centre, The Great Hall is the kind of venue that dreams are made of. With picture-stained glass windows, high ceilings and plenty of space - it's effortlessly photogenic from every angle. Though old in character, Great Hall is fully equipped with modern heating, lighting and sound equipment. As a landmark in Christchurch, Great Hall is an iconic space for a gala dinner, cocktail party or even a wedding.

The Tannery

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The Tannery, Christchurch’s boutique retail + dining precinct, becomes a magical event complex after hours. Featuring beautiful architecture and detailing, The Tannery includes four main event spaces. With a total capacity of 600 guests, The Tannery is a unique venue for weddings, conferences, gala dinners, celebrations and more.


Papa Hou Theatre

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Papa Hou Theatre is a dynamic Christchurch venue with more than five event spaces to play with. The main space is Black Box Theatre, an enclosed 382 sqm event space with moveable seats and no set stage. Known for its adaptability and community-driven heart, Papa Hou Theatre is perfect for concerts, performances, seminars, meetings and more.

International Antarctic Centre

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Conveniently located near the airport, the International Antarctic Centre is a Christchurch facility for meetings and events with a unique twist. Incorporate team building and immersive elements into your work day by learning about the first expeditions, modern-day life on Scott Base and the future of humanity on the ice - all within the convenience of your event space!

Christchurch Town Hall

Christchurch Venue - Christchurch Town Hall
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Christchurch Town Hall is integral to the region's history and never fails to bring a sense of excitement to any occasion. Nestled on the banks of the Avon River, this heritage-listed venue has inspired guests and performers alike for generations. With its stunning design, impressive acoustics, and riverside views, you'll be hard pressed to find a venue as iconic as this one.

Isaac Theatre Royal

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An Edwardian masterpiece in the heart of Otautahi, The Isaac Theatre Royal is a grand venue for momentous occasions. The building retains much of its original interior, showcasing the elegance of yesteryear. From the marble staircase from 1928 to the ornate chandeliers from the early 1900s and the dome featuring a painting of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 1908 - The Isaac Theatre Royal is awe-inspiring everywhere you look.

Hagley Oval Pavilion

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Hadlee Pavilion is a beautiful event space overlooking the iconic Hagley Oval. As Canterbury's home of cricket since 1867, Hagley Oval is a favourite among cricket fans and event planners alike. The Pavilion is flooded with natural light and is perfect for sports and recreational entertainment, community gatherings, dinners, cocktail functions and celebrations.


Addington Raceway and Events Centre

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Dine trackside at Addington, Christchurch's premium Racecourse and Event Centre. With spaces to host from 10 to 600 guests, a flexible approach is at the heart of Addington. Let the seasoned team bring your conference, meeting, dinner, seminar or workshop to life at this iconic Canterbury venue.

The Atrium

Christchurch Venue - The Atrium
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The Atrium is nestled amidst the elegant, leafy surroundings of Hagley Park. The building is a beautiful, Art Deco-inspired venue with several spaces, all with private balconies and terraces overlooking the park. Hosting between 20 and 200 guests, The Atrium is a convenient inner-city venue with plenty of parking.

Riccarton House

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Originally built in 1856, Riccarton House is a heritage homestead set alongside the picturesque Ōtākaro River. Lined with 600-year-old Kahikatea trees, rose gardens, native bush and parklands - this 30-acre property is a sight for sore eyes. The homestead is a Victorian-styled masterpiece, speaking to the city's history.


Crowne Plaza

Christchurch Venue - Crowne Plaza
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A brand that needs no introduction: Crowne Plaza Christchurch is the epitome of convenience and luxury. Located opposite Victoria Square, Crowne Plaza is a short walk from the garden city's major attractions, including the Avon River, Town Hall and Te Pae. As a venue, the Hotel has five adaptable spaces - from intimate meeting rooms to conference spaces. With an expert team of staff, modern amenities and dining - your event will lack nothing


Tait Technology Centre

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Tait Technology Centre

Tait Technology Centre is a purpose-built events centre conveniently located 2km from Christchurch Airport. This award-winning venue is an impressive location to host up to 250 delegates. With 3 spaces, integrated AV and optional configurations, Tait Technology Centre is designed to be adaptable - giving you full autonomy over your event.

Transitional/Cardboard Cathedral

Christchurch Venue - Transitional/Cardboard Cathedral
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Make history at Cardboard Cathedral, one of Christchurch's most beloved and unique landmarks. The original Cathedral was damaged in the 2011 earthquakes, so the Cardboard Cathedral was created as a temporary solution. The only Cathedral in the world to be made sustainably, it was built from cardboard tubes, steel shipping containers, and stained glass rose windows from the original build. An impressive feat in itself - Cardboard Cathedral serves as a symbol of the city's resilience and beauty.

Riccarton Park Event Centre

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Riccarton Park Function Centre is an expansive event facility set amidst beautiful Christchurch parklands. With several venues onsite, from the Tea Room to The Grandstand, Riccarton Park offers indoor and outdoor options for up to 600 guests. For all your large-scale event needs - from school balls to conferences, Riccarton Park Function Centre is the go-to venue.


Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

Christchurch Venue - Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel
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Sudima Christchurch Airport is a go-to meeting and conferencing solution for frequent flyers. Just a short stroll from the Airport terminal, Sudima has the facilities to accommodate up to 280 delegates. Discover daily delegate packages and bespoke services for a smooth-sailing event.

Terrace Downs

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Terrace Downs is a luxury resort set in the high country, an hour from Christchurch. This multi-faceted venue includes a golf resort, luxury accommodation, a wedding venue and conferencing solutions. The outlook is breathtaking - set alongside the Rakaia River with views of Mount Hutt and the surrounding ski fields. With award-winning catering and a plethora of amenities, Terrace Downs is your gateway to the Southern Alps.


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Hidden in the Old Government Building on Cathedral Square, you'll find Christchurch's favourite cocktail bar. O.G.B. is a speakeasy-style venue with live music every weekend, great staff and an unbeatable lineup of beverages. For intimate events both corporate and private, O.G.B. is a refined venue hosting 14-50 guests.

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Christchurch Venue - Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
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Novotel is a state-of-the-art hotel located on Cathedral Square in the heart of Christchurch. The perfect inner-city option for out-of-town delegates and guests - Novotel is a tried and true favourite in the world of events. With an impressive selection of spaces, event management services and catering - Novotel is your one-stop-shop for all your conference and event needs.

The Piano

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Though predominantly devoted to showcasing the musical arts - The Piano is available as a multi-purpose venue for entertaining, teaching, collaborating and connecting with others. From the intimate Rehearsal Studio to the impressive Concert Chamber, The Atrium, The Chamber, and beyond - these spaces are modern, beautiful and affordable.

The Lake House

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The Lake House is a beautifully open and light-filled venue set on the shores of Lake Hood. Positioned towards the Southern Alps, guests are treated to panoramic vistas while indulging in some of the region's finest food and beverages. With a variety of packages on offer, The Lake House hosts weddings, meetings, corporate functions and celebrations.

Melton Estate

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Melton Estate is one of Canterbury's most notable wineries, with an impressive collection of awards to show for it. The winery restaurant is surrounded by Pinot Noir vines, with multiple indoor/outdoor spaces, including an expansive deck overlooking the vineyards and lawns. Take the team out for an afternoon of wine tasting, or host your wedding, corporate event or meeting onsite at Melton Estate.

The Arts Centre

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The Arts Centre is a remarkable building that includes the Great Hall, Backstage Social Club, Classics Boardroom and Rutherford's Den Lecture Theatre. Located in the heart of Christchurch, The Arts Centre is a landmark venue with a fascinating history. Each space serves a unique purpose and brings a layer of character to this impressive venue. 

Lincoln Event Centre

Christchurch Venue - Lincoln Event Centre
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Lincoln Event Centre is a purpose-built indoor entertainment facility located in the growing township of Lincoln, 25 minutes from Christchurch Airport. With a myriad of spaces, from a stadium to lounges, break-out rooms, and everything in between - Lincoln Event Centre can host up to 1,000 guests. Most areas include a commercial kitchen, complimentary parking and all the AV equipment your event requires. Whether you’re organising a gala dinner, exhibition, conference or team-building day, these facilities are designed to impress.

The George

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The George is a boutique hotel overlooking Christchurch's landmark sights - Hagley Park and The Avon River. The function spaces are designed with ease in mind - ensuring a seamless experience for your meeting, wedding, high tea or other occasion. With an award-winning restaurant, extensive facilities and comprehensive service - you are in the best of hands at The George.


Trent’s Vineyard

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Trent's Estate Vineyard is a Mediterranean-style venue set amidst acres of grapevines, mature trees and established farmland. The 150-year-old building includes a wooden-floored dining area, a mezzanine floor and an adjoining conservatory. This beautiful venue offers a memorable backdrop for conferences, weddings, parties and corporate events.

Hotel Ashburton

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Hotel Ashburton is one of the most comprehensive conference venues in the area, accommodating up to 550 guests. Framed by acres of manicured gardens, the Hotel includes a heated swimming pool, the Clearwater Restaurant, a Turf Bar and full AV & amenities. Well-versed in event management and hosting, enjoy sincere South Island hospitality at Hotel Ashburton.

Sugarhorse Bar & Eatery

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The Sugarhorse Bar & Eatery is an approachable and welcoming venue located on Moorhouse Avenue, Addington. A local bar with an easygoing vibe, The Sugarhorse hosts fundraising initiatives, gala dinners, product launches and more. With a laidback atmosphere, an open-air patio and a homely menu - they’ve crafted a truly Kiwi experience.

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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