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The Best Christmas Party Venues in New Zealand

by Raashka Mannie | 21 Jul 2022

Christmas, holidays and all those related celebrations at the tail end of the year are bright cheers to the victories you've shared with your coworkers. At the end of every year, you and your coworkers deserve a flute of bubbly and surroundings that reflect the hard yards you've put in. Throughout New Zealand, there are plenty of venues that serve as perfect backdrops to toast to that. Whether it's in bustling Auckland or breezy Wellington, these event venues know how to put together a bash that you won't soon forget. As they do so quite often, they're also Christmas party venues that offer exciting promotions to make planning and executing these functions even easier. If you're looking for a fun-filled space for your upcoming Christmas party, see below.

Cordis, Auckland

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If you want to host a Christmas party in the heart of the city, Cordis is your venue. Renowned for their events expertise, they can put together everything you're looking for, from lavish cocktail nights to gala dinners. They are distinguished by seamless service, attention to detail and the latest high-tech solutions. Cordis is home to the largest pillar-free ballroom in Auckland, as well as a whole host of spaces that would perfectly cater to your Christmas event. Pick between a plethora of rooms with an Auckland venue that provides on-site catering options and a personal events executive. You can then mosey on over to their newly opened Pinnacle Tower for a good night’s rest, the height of luxury combined with contemporary convenience. They can host up to 1,150 of your guests, meaning that you can go as big as you like. Their 2022 Christmas party offers include a range of packages from $99 to $145pp, all with superb catering, venue hire, a dance floor and much more.


Hilton, Auckland

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You can dance across the ocean with Hilton, an iconic Auckland venue that offers an equally iconic view of the city in every direction. The Hilton features 7 multipurpose event spaces, all bathed in natural light and equipped with gorgeous sundecks. This Christmas party venue can host up to 700 guests, lending any event hosted an air of seamless luxury and success alongside its impressive name. This Auckland venue sits right on the edge of the water in the city and is a breezy 20km drive from the airport. This year, they have a total of 3 Christmas party packages from $75 to $160pp. These limited-time promotions include cocktails, canapés, buffet and gala dinner options - all tailored to your Christmas party needs.


Kauri Bay Boomrock, Auckland

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Dive into nature at Kauri Bay Boomrock. This Christmas party venue awards you with an escape from the bustle of Auckland, surrounded by serene views of the Hauraki Gulf. The team at Kauri Bay Boomrock specialises in event management and hosting. They are dedicated to helping your event achieve unprecedented levels of success with their prowess. Settled on a gorgeous 500-acre property in Clevedon with panoramic views, Kauri Bay Boomrock is unrivalled in its versatility and can cater for up to 200 of your guests. Their 2021 Christmas party offers include thrilling activities, sublime catering, indoor and outdoor options and more. They fill up in advance and have a finite number of dates available for your celebration, so be sure to book with them as quickly as you can.


Saturdays, Auckland

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It can be the weekend all week long at Saturdays. This is an Auckland venue that is as flexible as it is modern. Chic, cool and available for exclusive hire, this Christmas party venue accommodates up to 300 guests for your event. Ideal for everything from cocktail parties to gala dinners, this Auckland venue specialises in hosting Christmas functions with flair. It was given a complete makeover in 2020, giving it a slick ambience that will match every theme, boasting polished concrete floors, a custom bar and a DJ setup. Saturdays is poised to make your function unforgettable, taking care of everything from catering to audiovisual intricacies. For 2021, their Christmas party promotions include all of the above, with their incredible and talented events team on the job to make it a night that will knock everyone's socks off.


Side Door, Auckland

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Part of the aforementioned Saturdays, Side Door is its extra exclusive sibling. If you're after that cool vibe, Side Door is the Christmas party venue for you. Located in the heart of the city, this Auckland venue is actually a members-only bar. This private space hosts up to 70 guests in a sleek, refined area that oozes modern charm - ideal for more intimate cocktail affairs and celebrations. You'll be adding a dose of welcome mystery to your function with this Auckland venue. It boasts its own entry and audio setup to meet your requirements. When you want to host an inner-city event with an unparalleled air of privacy, Side Door is the only answer. Talk to their fantastic team to learn more about their upcoming Christmas promotions for 2021.


Markovina Vineyard Estate, Auckland

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Take off to greener pastures and find yourself in Kumeu with Markovina Vineyard Estate. Boasting a purpose-built venue to host any and every type of Christmas party, they are a family-owned and operated space. Facilities include mouthwatering catering options, on-site parking, as well as both outdoor and indoor spaces to host your event. Host gala dinners, cocktail parties and more in the comfort of their sunlit space. Markovina Vineyard Estate specialises in bespoke functions, with a variety of areas for private and semi-private affairs. This year, their Christmas party promotions include a dine and dance package. This has venue hire, a buffet, dessert and four hours of drinks, and pays special attention to any theming that you might be after.


Tui Hills, Auckland

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Tui Hills is settled in the gorgeous Waitakere Ranges. Surrounded by a native garden, it makes for an incredible Christmas party venue just 30 minutes outside Auckland. With a maximum capacity of 120 guests, Tui Hills is a light-filled and flexible venue. Their capable staff can help with everything from audiovisual requirements to transport details to incredible on-site catering options. Pick between Nikau Pavilion, The Nectar Room and Kowhai Glade for your upcoming Christmas party. From cocktail parties in an outdoor garden to gala dinners in an open, airy room, Tui Hills can be the perfect Auckland venue for your Christmas party. Their 2021 Christmas party offers include a variety of holiday-orientated packages ranging from $69 to $85pp. They include sparkly holiday styling options, lawn games, a photobooth, designated transport, kids' activities and more.


The Hunting Lodge, Auckland

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Spanning a lush 80 acres and featuring the historic and iconic Hunting Lodge Homestead, this is a Christmas party venue you can't miss. This Auckland venue adapts to the atmosphere and tone of every event, from cocktail nights to garden parties. Choose from their emerald lawns, rustic barn and restaurant when planning your Christmas function. The Hunting Lodge offers bespoke packages for events, helping you put together the necessities in one neat bundle to make planning and executing your event a breeze. This Auckland venue is at the top of the list for superb service, featuring mouthwatering catering options, audiovisual supplies and assistance, event expertise and more. Talk to their helpful team to learn more about their upcoming promotions for the 2021 holiday period.


St Matthew's, Auckland

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Want to make a statement with your Christmas party? You can do exactly that at St Matthew's. Classic architecture paired with high-tech lighting technology turns this venue into an absolute vision. Hosting up to 250 seated guests and 450 cocktail-style, St Matthew's is an Auckland venue that has played host to all kinds of fabulous functions. Their committed in-house team can help you to plan your Christmas event impeccably. In hiring this venue, you have complete control over catering, beverages, entertainment and more. With a sophisticated, characterful charm to it, your event will be the talk of the town. This year, their 2021 Christmas promotions include a 10% discount to all end-of-the-year functions booked in by 31 August 2021. With available dates being snatched up by the minute, you've got to hurry.


Thistle Inn, Wellington

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There's no atmosphere like Thistle Inn's. Warm and welcoming, this fabulous Wellington venue is a historic space that serves as an excellent option for your upcoming Christmas party. They take care of everything, including on-site catering, boasting tons of natural light and option after option for your event. Choose between a series of rooms for your Christmas function, including The George's Room, Marquee, The Katherine Mansfield Room, Main Bar and The Courtyard. Mix and match these spaces at your will, accommodating anywhere from 14 to 180 guests and transforming into a perfect space for your Christmas celebration. Thistle Inn is a Wellington venue that prides itself on versatility and its rich past. Reach out to their friendly team to learn more about their 2021 Christmas promotions.


Haere-Roa, Christchurch

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Designed to host fun and large events in Christchurch, Haere-Roa is a versatile venue just minutes from the city centre. It sports a series of spaces to choose from, including the Ti Kouka, Foundry, Foyer, Room of Requirement and Bentley's. Endlessly flexible, these spaces host anywhere from 30 to 300 guests, making them ideal for everything - including your Christmas party. Haere-Roa is also available for hire as a whole, in which case you're able to host around 1000 guests. A key feature of Haere-Roa is the iconic Ngaio Marsh Theatre, re-imagined for future generations. Their 2021 Christmas party packages range from canapés and drinks at $65pp or an indulgent 3-course dinner for $95pp. These offers include venue hire, management and more.


International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

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A swift drive from the centre of Christchurch is the beloved International Antarctic Centre (IAC). They're a fully licensed venue that is part of the award-winning International Antarctic Centre visitor attraction. It has New Zealand's only indoor/outdoor penguin encounter, which is sure to make your guests especially happy. There are 3 spaces at IAC: Atrium, Sir Edmund Hilary Room and Tim Hobson Room. IAC can host up to 250 of your guests and offers a series of unique and thrilling options to make your Christmas party especially extraordinary. Their 2021 Christmas party promotions feature gala dinner and cocktail party options ranging from $85 to $125pp, both inclusive of private access, viewing of an attraction and hosting.

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