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New Plymouth Venues for Hire - The Complete Guide
by Raashka Mannie | 18 Feb 2021
New Plymouth is a destination most famous for the nearby and wondrous Mount Taranaki. They have so much more to offer, however. With emerald parks and sprawling gardens, this coastal city sports a stunning walkway stretching from Bell Block to Port Taranaki, as well as galleries filled with creativity that will leave you speechless. It’s all about vivacity with New Plymouth - a toast to celebrations and fresh beauty. The venues dotted throughout the region mirror this sentiment, charismatic in their spaces and offering locations that breathe life into your function. Whether it’s a traditional hotel venue for an all-important seminar or something with a little more unique charm, New Plymouth’s venues are certain to bring your event the same sparkle found throughout the city.
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A total of 4 venues falls under the umbrella of TSB, offering extraordinary spaces for all your event needs. Dedicated and detail-orientated, their teams are experts when it comes to planning and organising functions, be it a meeting for a handful or an exhibition for thousands. You’ll also find that this collection of New Plymouth venues is happy to offer on-site catering, audiovisual equipment and assistance, as well as marketing and advertising skills.
TSB Bowl of Brooklands
Celebrate under the stars at Taranaki's largest and most iconic concert venue. Found within Pukekura Park, this New Plymouth venue has a natural amphitheatre and permanent stage over the lake often hired for concerts, performances, weddings, cocktail nights and more. While the Bowl Amphitheatre can accommodate a whopping 15,000 guests, you don’t have to concern yourself with filling all that space up - their additional options, the Bowl Stage and Green Room, host anywhere from 30 to 350 guests, leaving you with all the flexibility in the world.
The theatre that New Plymouth loves to love, TSB Showplace is a specialist when it comes to performances, conferences and seminars. This New Plymouth venue is situated in the city centre, with close access to accommodation, the famous walkway, restaurants, bars and more. Although it features the latest in audiovisual technology, it retains its old-world charm through its architecture and background. TSB Showplace has 7 spaces to choose from, including TSB Theatre, Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Lounge, Alexandra Room, Bryan Robb Lounge, Balcony Bar and Meeting Room, catering from 40 to 955 guests.
2,200 square meters of uninterrupted floor space makes TSB Stadium one of New Plymouth’s most versatile venue. Host exhibitions, seminars, product launches, gala dinners and more in this gorgeous location that caters up to 3,518 guests. TSB Stadium sports 3 spaces for hire, including the main Stadium Space, Mezzanine Lounge and Mezzanine Meeting Room, the latter of which is perfect for breakaway spaces during your function. Just outside TSB Stadium is a grassy expanse, manicured and also available for your event to sprawl onto or to be used as parking for your guests.
Currently under redevelopment for the time being, Yarrow Stadium is the fourth and final addition to TSB’s collection of venues - so watch this space.
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Fond of being a place to connect, Ahu Ahu is a New Plymouth venue for hire that caters for up to 80 guests. Settled on private farmland, this secluded venue boasts tranquil views of the sea and a remote stretch of beach land - a dynamic natural environment for your New Plymouth event. Their Oraukawa Lodge is the perfect spot for meetings, small conferences and more, while their outdoor space extends into creative dining options for you and your guests. Oraukawa Lodge boasts a data projector, wall-mounted screen, complimentary WiFi and a standard whiteboard, making it a great choice for corporate events. Ahu Ahu is thrilled to provide on-site catering and accommodation options. With a selection of stunning villas and the main lodge to choose from, you and your guests will have the most peaceful event in the slice of paradise that is Ahu Ahu.
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If rustic charm is your goal, The Milkshed is the answer. Located on Upper Pitone Road in an alpine setting, this New Plymouth venue offers views of the coastline, Mt Taranaki, Kaitake and Pouakai Ranges. Making use of its surroundings (green paddocks and rolling hills), as well as recycled native timber and handmade furniture, this versatile venue can host up to 80 guests and is ideal for more intimate cocktail parties, conferences, seminars, gala dinners and more. The Milkshed features details such as a rusty corten steel feature wall, draped Hessian ceilings and festoon lighting, giving it oodles of character for your upcoming New Plymouth event. Usually playing host to weddings and other functions, it’s a blank canvas when it comes to every occasion.
Nice Hotel + Table
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Stylish and sophisticated is the backbone of Nice Hotel + Table’s appeal. This New Plymouth venue is partial to more intimate events, such as meetings, smaller conferences and seminars, luncheons and more. Their spaces for hire include the Churchill and Restaurant, catering for up to 40 people. Nice Hotel + Table’s staff is happy to assist you with the organising and running of your New Plymouth event, with additional help related to any audiovisual equipment hiring and management, on-site catering options and on-site accommodation for you and any guests. When it comes to their bespoke menus, they specialise in creating cocktail platters for your upcoming function, as well as delicious afternoon tea and light lunches. Nice Hotel + Table makes any event an elegant and staid affair, award-winning and conveniently located in the heart of the city.
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth Waterfront
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In the middle of the CBD is Millennium Hotel New Plymouth Waterfront, offering gorgeous views of the Tasman Sea for you to drink in. This New Plymouth venue is part of a long-standing hotel group, promising excellent service from start to finish. Offering high-speed WiFi, audiovisual equipment and assistance, on-site catering options, on-site accommodation in any of their comfortable rooms, 24-hour gym access and covered parking, this is a hotel venue that brings you everything you could need and more. Millennium Hotel New Plymouth Waterfront is moments from all of the city’s greatest attractions, including the Coastal Foreshore Walkway, Pukeariki Museum, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, and the Len Lye Centre. This New Plymouth venue offers The Pepper Room, hosting up to 45 guests and filled with natural light.
The Devon Hotel
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The premier conference venue in New Plymouth, The Devon Hotel boasts 11 conference rooms for your upcoming event - the most available in any hotel in the city. You and up to 750 guests will be treated to their impeccable service, on-site catering options, high-speed WiFi, and so much more. Planning your New Plymouth event will be a cinch courtesy of their experienced team - you can even have your accommodation taken care of. The Devon Hotel offers packages for your upcoming event, whether you’re hosting a conference, cocktail party, wedding or more. Choose from set menus or create something more bespoke with their talented chefs, who love showing off the region’s finest produce in all their creations. This New Plymouth venue is happy to lend you a committed function manager, ensuring that your experience is as seamless as it is enjoyable.
The Vineyard Bistro @ Okurukuru
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Wine and dine at a European-inspired bistro in New Plymouth, bringing you coastal views that will have you sighing. The Vineyard Bistro @ Okurukuru prides themselves on their attention to detail, crafting each and every menu from locally-sourced produce and with utmost care. Have gala dinners, meetings, luncheons and more at this New Plymouth venue, doused in natural light and with excellent service to boot. The venue features ceiling-high windows that give clear views of Mt Taranaki, Oakura, Sugar Loaf Islands and more. Surrounded by spacious grounds, The Vineyard Bistro @ Okurukuru is a restaurant venue that will immerse you in natural beauty and taste sensations, catering for up to 20 guests or more. This New Plymouth venue also has the pleasure of hosting weddings and other personal events, guaranteeing that they have a full selection of local vendors to make planning your function all the easier.
King and Queen Hotel Suites
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If you’re after something simple and easy, King and Queen Hotel Suites is the answer to your New Plymouth venue needs. As luxury boutique accommodation, this venue sports seamless modern architecture, lovely views and an innercity location that makes it as convenient as it is classy. This New Plymouth venue is the perfect choice for meetings. Their spaces include the King and Queen Boardroom, great for up to 12 guests and kitted out with all your audiovisual needs and high-speed WiFi, and the King and Queen Breakout Room, your go-to spot for breakouts and mingling in between or after your function, as well as for more informal gatherings. King and Queen Hotel Suites provides you with a venue for intimate events in New Plymouth, delivering exactly what you need in fashion and ensuring that your meeting is run as smoothly as possible.
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Find your zen with Sanctuary Hill, offering thoughtfully-designed spaces for hire for your upcoming event. This New Plymouth venue embraces the indoors and outdoors in a soothing flow, with facilities such as luxurious on-site accommodation, a custom-built yoga area for you and your guests to unwind at, a spa pool, a massage therapist upon request, on-site catering with a sustainable edge and complimentary WiFi. Sanctuary Hill is one of New Plymouth’s most comprehensive and relaxing venues - it’s the perfect choice for a corporate retreat or break, with its custom-designed spaces to increase mindfulness and peace of mind. This New Plymouth venue is also happy to arrange a series of activities to make your event all the more fun, including fruit picking at their orchard, outdoor games and wildlife watching.
New Plymouth Little Theatre
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As a city that adores the arts, it should come as no surprise that they’ve got several performance venues that are available for hire - New Plymouth Little Theatre is one of them. Standing for over 85 years and bringing tenacious talent to the community with each passing year, this New Plymouth venue is filled with history. When it comes to hiring this space, you’re awarded plenty of character, all necessary audiovisual equipment (although you’ll have to hire your own assistance, should you need any), and a fully-licensed bar. New Plymouth Little Theatre does have preferred vendors when it comes to things like catering but are happy to let you do as you wish when setting up your event. Home to gala dinners, cocktail functions, musicals, concerts and more, this is a New Plymouth venue that never goes out of style.
Peggy Gordon's Celtic Bar
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Opened in November 1993, Peggy Gordon's Celtic Bar is the comfort of the city. This New Plymouth venue is the home of live music and good Guinness, featuring incredible and much-loved live acts every weekend. Located on the Corner of Egmont & Devon Street's - right beside TSB Showplace - this venue is often favoured for more informal events in New Plymouth, such as cocktail nights or parties. Peggy Gordon's Celtic Bar features indoor and outdoor dining options, a large entertainment area beside the bar, a plethora of catering options, and even a gaming lounge. Their range of beers is unveiled throughout New Plymouth, boasting 7 international tap beers and 15 tap beers in total. When it comes to events, this New Plymouth venue can host up to 100 guests, with audiovisual equipment and assistance on hand.
New Plymouth Sportfishing & Underwater Club
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The New Plymouth Sportfishing & Underwater Club brings you the serene seaside views you’ve been looking for. They have a variety of spaces for your New Plymouth event, including the Marlins Lounge and separate Clubrooms (only available on nights when their private members are not meeting). Ideal for both personal and corporate functions, the New Plymouth Sportfishing & Underwater Club is flexible and equipped with an easy-to-use audiovisual system for all your conferencing needs. When it comes to on-site catering, look no further than New Plymouth Sportfishing & Underwater Club’s much-loved restaurant, more than ready to bring a personalised menu to your event’s lucky tables.
Pukekura Function Centre
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Situated in the well-known New Plymouth Raceway, Pukekura Function Centre rests amongst 53 acres of manicured grounds, bordering New Plymouth's stunning Pukekura Park. This New Plymouth venue boasts a total of 6 spaces for hire, including the La Mer Lounge, Scottish Charm Lounge, Rough Habit Lounge, Tasman Lounge, Egmont Room, and Grand Stand Complex. If that’s not enough for your New Plymouth function, you’re more than welcome to exclusively rent out the entirety of the venue, granting you use of every room, the grounds and car parks. Pukekura Function Centre can host up to 350 guests, making it an ideal choice for events both large and small. Be it an essential meeting or a grand gala dinner, this New Plymouth venue can ensure that your night is a resounding success. With on-site catering options, you can be confident that the Pukekura Function Centre is as comprehensive a venue as it gets.
Arborio Restaurant, Café & Terrace Bar
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With stunning views of the coastal walkway and ocean, Arborio’s is a restaurant, café and bar that also happens to serve as a venue for hire. This New Plymouth venue has a penchant for hosting fashionable functions that are a little more laidback, from cocktail parties and celebrations to wedding receptions and dinners. You can exclusively hire out the whole of Arborio Restaurant, Café & Terrace Bar, or choose to hire the Puke Ariki Foyer. The Puke Ariki Foyer. With more structure, this alternate space is a good choice for product launches and other corporate functions, catering for over 100 guests. If you’d like to chat with Arborio Restaurant, Café & Terrace Bar about their on-site catering options, get in touch with them to find out how they can provide your event with a menu your guests will never forget.
Gusto Café & Restaurant
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Is there a better place to have your gala dinner, luncheon, meeting or more than the waterfront? Gusto Café & Restaurant doesn’t think so. Supreme catering fits the bill when it comes to this New Plymouth venue, bringing you a selection of set menus perfect for every occasion - or you’re free to contact them about something a little more bespoke if it tickles your fancy. With a spacious deck and indoor dining space, this restaurant venue is the ideal choice for your New Plymouth event. The chefs at Gusto Café & Restaurant love locally-sourced produce, bringing the best of the region to your plate at every event. With a sunny and helpful team, this New Plymouth venue is more than prepared to make your function as fun as can be, with plenty of suggestions for local vendors to help elevate your day.
4th Wall Theatre
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Looking for a New Plymouth venue for performances, musicals, concerts and more? 4th Wall Theatre is available for hire! This another creatively-driven venue in the middle of the city, but it sports a decidedly contemporary design. Once a church, it has three levels and cabaret-style seating. They are, in their words, dedicated to the enrichment of cultural life, advancing the theatrical art form and sharing it with the broadest possible audience. 4th Wall Theatre is in a constant state of activity, with space for plenty of different performances and events, as well as an enthusiastic and vibrant team behind the curtain. No matter the space that your upcoming function needs, 4th Wall Theatre is here to provide a dynamic and fun venue for your use.
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The Bungalow is a coastal retreat featuring a purpose-built events hall. They’re thoroughly prepared to host your upcoming event, with high-speed WiFi, as well as a commercial kitchen and walk-in chiller for your caterer’s use. The Bungalow’s indoor event space hosts up to 170 guests, with an easy indoor/outdoor flow and swathes of natural light that make the space large and airy. This New Plymouth has tons of on-site parking for your guests and a helpful team to help you plan the whole function. Get in touch with them for preferred vendors and suppliers for your event, helping you to organise everything from fabulous catering to all necessary audiovisual requirements. From conferences and seminars to a classy cocktail night, The Bungalow is here to offer you a New Plymouth venue for every affair.
New Plymouth Club
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Nestled in the middle of New Plymouth, the aptly-named New Plymouth Club could be the next location for your upcoming event. Glorious views of the ocean spread all around, this New Plymouth venue can host up to 450 people and boasts a selection of 3 spaces to choose from, including the Auditorium, Blue Room and Centennial Room. The rooms feature natural light, chairs, tables, audiovisual supplies, and complete control of styling. Spread out over multiple floors, the New Plymouth Club is a popular choice when it comes to conferences, meetings, seminars, gala dinners and more, with a series of on-site catering options. If you’re not a member of this club, all you have to do is purchase a special licence through them to host your event at this comprehensive venue. Their seasoned team will be with you to help you with hiring everything you need and more.
East End Surf Life Saving Club
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Newly renovated, East End Surf Life Saving Club is all geared up to host your New Plymouth event. Right beside their famous walkway and offering uninterrupted views of the ocean, this New Plymouth venue boasts both indoor and outdoor spaces for your upcoming function, hosting up to 200 guests indoors and an additional 100 on their spacious deck. The East End Surf Life Saving Club has a wide range of facilities that make planning your conference, seminar, meeting or more a seamless activity, including a fully-equipped bar, a commercial kitchen for your caterer’s use, an expansive dance floor, on-site parking and surrounding lawn for further mingling. When it comes to covering all the bases, this New Plymouth venue knows their stuff, making them one of the city’s favourite venues for local functions and gatherings.