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Tauranga Venues for Hire - The Complete Guide
by Raashka Mannie | 27 Apr 2022
Tucked away in the breathtaking Bay of Plenty region is Tauranga, the busiest city around, sitting on the edge of the Pacific Coast and offering you sparkling seaside views. Tauranga brings you some of New Zealand’s most beloved beaches, particularly Mount Maunganui, with a penchant for water sports and sailing. Embracing all this watery bliss, the venues in Tauranga often boast serene views, whether it’s the luxurious Trinity Wharf or a cosier, smaller option amongst more greenery, such as Eagle Ridge. From Tauranga’s boisterous and yearly jazz festival to the McLaren Falls, you’re sure to find plenty of entertainment around the city, ensuring that your function is a smashing success. If you’re looking for one, we have a Bay of Plenty guide for you to peruse through, too.
Miss Gee's Bar & Eatery
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Host your event not with a fizzle but with a bang at Miss Gee's Bar & Eatery, Tauranga’s favourite speciality cocktail bar. Accommodating up to 150 guests, this stylish eatery is the go-to option in the city for cocktail nights, dinners, luncheons and more. Their on-site catering is sumptuous and tailored to your needs, from grazing plates to sit-down meals that will knock your socks off. Miss Gee's Bar & Eatery provides 2 options for your Tauranga event, including their Sunny Courtyard and Greenhouse. If that’s not enough, you can exclusively hire out the entire venue for your function, ensuring privacy and all the room you need to spread out. This Tauranga venue is a frequent watering hole amongst locals, known for their warm service and attention to detail, delivering only the best when it comes to events of all sizes.
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A Tauranga venue that does it all, from corporate to personal events, Longfords Estate is here to help you make memories. 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 and an hour’s drive from the centre of Tauranga, 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 Tauranga venue you're looking for, providing you with versatile spaces for hire just outside the city. Your event can take place in secluded beauty, either from a silk-lined marquee, one of their many rooms, or their manicured gardens with views of the water.
Tauranga Art Gallery
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In the midst of the city, the Tauranga Art Gallery offers a bright and enthralling setting. It is a venue rich with colour and creativity, dedicated to representing Tauranga and its heart. Opened in 2007, it is a modern space with high ceilings and high standards. It’s able to host up to 180 guests and offers catering, as well as audiovisual equipment for those requiring so, and has a team dedicated to event management to ensure your cocktail night, conference, meeting or more runs as smoothly as possible. It’s open for hire after the hours of the gallery’s usual functioning hours, making it a perfect choice for gala dinners and other evening-time events.
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Few event and conference venues can match the outlook at Trinity Wharf. Trinity Wharf is a premium hotel and conference venue owned by a local family whose dream was to highlight the beauty & spirit of the Tauranga harbour and surrounds with this stunning over-water hotel.
Built on three piers that stretch over the water’s edge, the hotel’s panoramic water views framed by floor to ceiling glass bring the tranquil elements of the outside world in. Coastal décor elements such as white walls, flowing curtains and interiors layered with neutrals, blues and sandy tones impart the type of tranquil ambience needed for a relaxing weekend escape, business meeting or work trip away.
Whether for work or play, our guests come to relax from the hustle and bustle of city life, and to soak up the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.
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Tauranga’s dedicated events centre, Tauranga Racecourse, is a venue you can’t pass up on. There are a total of 7 spaces for hire at this flexible venue, including the Tokyo Lounge, Sir Tristram Lounge, Public Dining Room, Doncaster Lounge, Fairway Lounge, Owens Lounge and Winners Circle. If you’re keen to spread out even further, this Tauranga venue also offers outdoor options for your function, featuring marquees, tents and more. Tauranga Racecourse is a fully-licensed venue, often hired for functions of all kind, from meetings and conferences to wedding receptions and cocktail parties. Catering for groups as intimate as 20 to ones as large as 350, they pride themselves on their versatility, wide range of facilities and attention to detail. The team at Tauranga Racecourse is happy to help you plan the perfect Tauranga event from start to finish, with numerous catering options, audiovisual assistance, and so much more.
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Experience something a little different with Classic Flyers, a Tauranga venue that loves accommodating meetings, conferences, seminars, cocktail parties and more. This museum is all about preserving the varied and rich history of aviation in New Zealand; there is no venue more unique than this, offering education and elegance in equal spades. Choose from the Rotary Room, Armoury Room, Boeing Room and Museum Hangar, all available for exclusive or partial hire. Each space is flexible and offers plenty of natural light, hosting up to 1000 guests in the biggest option. Classic Flyers has a stellar team on board to assist you with all your organising, planning and audiovisual needs. They also boast a ton of on- and off-site parking for your Tauranga event, as well as their much-loved café and bar open throughout the day. Dine inside or out at their Garden Bar or cosy interior, with a myriad of menu options and an extensive selection of local beers, wines and more.
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Countryside charm meets seaside serenity at Charlemagne Lodge, one of Tauranga’s favourite venues, all geared up for your event. They cheerfully host functions of every kind, from seminars and corporate retreats to cocktail soirées and weddings. This Tauranga venue is a short drive from the city, surrounded by stunningly-manicured gardens, a glittering gazebo and tons of fresh air. Charlemagne Lodge sits on its very own private estate, with many of its Victorian features still intact and luxurious boutique accommodation available on-site. Their helpful team is happy to provide you with a list of preferred vendors when planning your upcoming Tauranga event, whether you’re after a caterer or a stylist. Charlemagne Lodge can be the perfect Tauranga venue for you, from meetings to themed dinners, immersing you and your guests in traditional beauty.
The Tauranga on the Waterfront
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The Tauranga on the Waterfront has tranquil views of one of the city’s loveliest inlets, moments from the CBD and bringing you comfortable accommodation. A cosy little motel, this Tauranga venue prides itself on serving as a hotspot for the corporate traveller, sporting a state-of-the-art conference centre for all your business needs. The purpose-built space features flexible layouts, on-site catering for you and your busy guests, top-of-the-line audiovisual equipment, high-speed WiFi, and even a dedicated conference manager to help with anything required. The Tauranga on the Waterfront’s conference centre has been designed for your ease of use and convenience and is a preferred venue amongst locals and travellers alike.
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Why not swing by Our Place for your next Tauranga event? Hosting up to 500 guests cocktail-style, this Tauranga venue features plenty of top-notch audiovisual equipment in an exciting space. Described as “a strategic, pre-vitalisation project for the Tauranga CBD aimed at providing a coordinated offering of events and activations to enhance the Heart of the City programme,” this Tauranga venue is centrally-located and was built from shipping containers to give it a uniquely daring look. Offering diverse and fascinating spaces from end to end, including everything from food kiosks to boutique fashion stores, Our Place is an extraordinary testament to Tauranga’s burgeoning growth and sense of community. It’s a wonderful choice for your upcoming event, hosting conferences, performances, gala dinners and more. If your event or organisation is related to community growth, they’re happy to offer lower rates at their Pop-up Kitchen.
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Welcome to the home of art in Tauranga: Baycourt is available for your exclusive hire as a multi-purpose venue in the heart of downtown Tauranga, surrounded by sea views and the very best the city has to showcase. Specialising in hosting the performing arts, Baycourt offers on-site catering, audiovisual equipment and assistance, and even marketing and advertising expertise for your function. This Tauranga venue has a dedicated events coordinator to help with your event’s planning and running, 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 and drink in stunning views of the city life and aquamarine waters.
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Opened in 1933, Blue Baths was once a bathhouse located in the Government Gardens of Rotorua. An hour’s drive from the centre of the city, it retains its traditional charm through careful preservation and ambience. Featuring geothermally heated baths, this Tauranga 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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Gaze out at Rangatua Bay from Trustpower Baypark, an ever-expanding events facility that 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 Tauranga 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 at this Tauranga venue include high-speed WiFi, audiovisual hire and assistance, on-site catering options, event management, and so much more.
Sixteenth Avenue Theatre
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It’s all about that business we call show, and Sixteenth Avenue Theatre is here to make sure that your Tauranga event is a show like none other. Featuring a stage and multiple rooms to choose from, this flexible Tauranga 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.
Clarence Hotel & Bistro
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Clarence Hotel & Bistro is a boutique hotel in Tauranga and rests within the walls of the Historic Tauranga Post Office. Dating all the way back to the 1900s, this gorgeous Tauranga 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. One of Tauranga’s most comprehensive and plush venues, Clarence Hotel & Bistro is committed to bringing you excellence at every turn.
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service
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Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service is a Tauranga 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 upcoming 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 Tauranga. 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.
Persimmon Lane Villa
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A hidden gem of Tauranga, Persimmon Lane Villa is a boutique venue that brings style to intimate functions. Mere moments from the city centre, this Tauranga venue boasts old English rose gardens and lovingly handcrafted filigree work, hidden amongst three acres of established gardens and named for the little Persimmon orchard it once stood on. Their newly-finished events space accommodates up to 60 guests and is the ideal choice for conferences, meetings, cocktail nights, weddings and more. Thrilled to host your Tauranga event, Persimmon Lane Villa provides all the basic necessities: tables, chairs, glassware, on-site parking, catering options, and even help with setting up and cleaning up the venue. If you’re looking for an extra special kind of afternoon, try their high tea, available for a minimum of 30 guests and sure to have you all feeling as happy as a clam down to the last morsel.
The Yacht Club
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The Yacht Club is one of Tauranga’s most established waterfront venues. It boasts 180-degree views of Tauranga Harbour, looking out at Mauao, Mount Maunganui and Matakana Island. Breathtaking and elegant, this Tauranga venue can cater for up to 250 guests and is the perfect spot for your upcoming 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 Tauranga’s premier waterfront venue, bringing you unmatched views and service.
Mount Maunganui Golf Club
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Mount Maunganui Golf Club began in 1935, but the Clubhouse itself was only launched in 1998. As a result, this venue maintains a much more modern and stylish vibe as it overlooks the 18th green, with picturesque privacy that is a smattering of minutes away from Tauranga CBD and the airport. The Clubhouse has floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding the venue with natural light, and audiovisual equipment on demand. There are on-site caterers and a helpful events team to assist you with the planning of your conference, meeting or more. Mount Maunganui Golf Club can host over 140 guests, and prides itself on its versatility and adaptability when it comes to hosting events.
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Just half an hour from Tauranga’s city centre is Eagle Ridge Estate, a venue that hosts elegant events of every kind. They accommodate 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 Tauranga event, with their main spaces being The Lodge and Function Centre. Their facilities are comprehensive, 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 Tauranga function a cinch.
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With the city on one side and the sea on the other, Charthouse is a Tauranga 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 Tauranga venue also boasts audiovisual equipment and assistance and an in-house sound system. They have a range of customisable packages to choose from depending on the nature of your event and go the extra mile when it comes to coordinating your Tauranga function.
Papamoa Beach Resort
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Beauty untamed and unfiltered can be found at Papamoa Beach Resort, a Tauranga 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 Tauranga event, accommodation options, and so much more.
Olive Tree Cottage
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A hop and a skip from Tauranga central, Olive Tree Cottage is a flexible, all-weather venue in Tauranga 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, a modern bar, as well as acres of farmland and forestry, Olive Tree Cottage is a Tauranga 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 Tauranga.
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If you’re going to host a corporate event in Tauranga, do it right at The Orchard. A business and events hub, this Tauranga venue offers a multitude of spaces and rooms for your next 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; Puawai, seating up to 40; Poipoi (can be combined with Tupu), seating up to 12; Tupu (can be combined with Poipoi), seating up to 8; Kakano, seating up to 6; and Hono, seating up to 6. This myriad of spaces come with refreshments upon request - ideal for meetings, conferences, seminars, lectures and other productive ventures. Each of The Orchard’s rooms has plenty of natural light and air conditioning, with external catering options available.
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Located barely 20 minutes from Tauranga, Fountain Gardens is nestled in Plummers Point Peninsula and serves as a beautiful venue for cocktail parties, dinners and other celebrations. 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 Tauranga 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.
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Half an hour from the centre of the city and 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 Tauranga 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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Established somewhere in the 1970s, Fernland Spa comes with a rich and fascinating history. However, just as it was before, the Tauranga is a family-owned and -operated venture that continues to thrive and help others do the same. Their thermal pool facilities bring an interesting edge to any event, making it the perfect choice for relaxed functions in Tauranga, be it a poolside party or a corporate retreat for you and your coworkers. Surrounded by emerald gardens and native birds, Fernland Spa offers its expansive grounds and plush accommodation for your use. Their facilities include relaxing massages, cosy camping, as well as water exercising classes for you and your guests to unwind with. Designed to delight, Fernland Spa is, without a doubt, Tauranga’s most relaxing venue for whatever you desire.