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Top 13 Corporate Event Venues in Hawke's Bay

by Raashka Mannie | 03 Mar 2020

Hawke’s Bay is famed for its idyllic beaches, wineries and art deco architecture. If you’re looking to host a corporate event in this region, we’ve got you covered with a list of the 13 best corporate event venues in Hawkes Bay. From charming and unique spaces with a rich history to modern and sleek event centres, there is bound to be an option that hits the spot. For more venue options, check out our guide to Hawke's Bay venues here.

Moana Park

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A boutique winery in the western hills of Hawke’s Bay, Moana Park pride themselves on being a rustic, outdoor event centre for all manner of events, corporate included. With flexible and attentive staff, they tailor packages to their guests’ needs and have a team dedicated to event management and planning. Resting on the rolling Puketapu hills, they are a 5-minute drive from Taradale and are fully-equipped to handle both outdoor and indoor events. Moana Park is a stunning venue settled in a valley, offering a wide, open space for your next corporate event.


Napier Municipal Theatre

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Combining elegant art deco architecture and modern theatre facilities, the Napier Municipal Theatre is one of the top event venues in the region. With a large auditorium and stunning Pan Pac Foyer, it is both well-equipped and classically beautiful. Capable of entertaining anywhere from 80 up to nearly 1000 guests, Napier Municipal Theatre also offers a full host of technical support and catering options. They are happy to help you promote, organise and plan your event, with professionally-trained staff on deck to make hosting your corporate event all the easier.


Mangapapa Hotel

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Located right outside Havelock North Village and a 20-minute drive from Napier, Mangapapa Hotel is a central event venue that offers peace and privacy. Their professional and helpful staff can cater to any business needs, from catering to private rooms for conferences and smaller meetings. They also provide corporate accommodation costs, complimentary WiFi, as well as any audiovisual equipment that should be required during the event. Mangapapa Hotel can host anywhere from 15 to 40 guests, with tailored menu options particular to corporate events.


Greenhill Lodge

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Greenhill Lodge rests in the countryside of Hawke’s Bay, making for a picturesque and charming option for a corporate event venue. They have a team committed to planning, organising and helping you to host your event, allowing for the exclusive use of the lodge if needed, and are happy to provide all equipment, audiovisual included. Greenhill Lodge also offers on-site catering and corporate event packages for your consideration. Discerning, elegant and centrally located amidst the stunning greenery of Hawke’s Bay (a 15-minute drive from Hastings and Havelock North; 25 from Napier), Greenhill Lodge is an event centre with personality.


The Crown Napier

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With 3 separate rooms to choose from, as well as the Heritage House Bar and Courtyard for an outdoor option, The Crown Hotel offers a variety of flexible and gorgeous spaces for your corporate event. Built in 1932 and carefully refurbished, it is a contemporary and luxury event venue with high-speed, complimentary WiFi, the latest audiovisual equipment, the option of full, on-site catering, and a dedicated Conference Manager to ensure that your event is planned to perfection. The Crown Napier can host anywhere from 10 to 90 guests, with rooms bathed in natural light, and is a mere 10-minute drive from the airport.


Ormlie Lodge

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The former home of Gertrude Smith, built in 1899 by her father, William Nelson, Ormlie Lodge is a luxurious, boutique lodge resting between the charm of days past and modern innovation. Sitting in Napier, it boasts a classy ballroom that can transform into anything it's needed for, from launch parties to keynote speeches, making for an ideal event space. It also has a lounge bar for smaller meetings and breakaway conversation. Ormlie Lodge offers on-site catering, bespoke menus and a central location, making for the pinnacle of convenience amidst its classical beauty.


A Place To Be

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Resting on 2.3 hectares in the countryside of Hawke’s Bay, A Place To Be specialises in conferences and retreats. It’s located 10-minutes from Hawke’s Bay Airport and Napier’s CBD, as well as 20-minutes from Hastings. There are two main rooms to choose from for corporate event venues: The Pohutukawa Room, with a capacity of 40, natural light and the option of extending outdoor for more space; and The Round Room, with a capacity of 40, with high ceilings, clear acoustics and space for flexibility. A Place To Be has both indoor and outdoor dining options, as well as a skilled team dedicated to event management and planning.


The Old Church

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As its name suggests, The Old Church is a testament to the beauty and architecture of old, with high ceilings and a dazzling chandelier. It has 3 separate spaces (The Old Church itself, The Conservatory, and The Courtyard Garden and Bar) that can meld into 1, or be used individually for events, capable of holding up to 175 guests. A 10-minute drive from central Napier, The Old Church has been lovingly restored and converted into an event venue for classy vibes, with the choices of on-site accommodation and catering if required. Dedicated to celebrations, The Old Church is a wonderful space for corporate events.


St. George's Restaurant

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A scenic 5-minute drive from Havelock North and Hastings, St. George’s is an award-winning restaurant and space with a tranquil atmosphere. Able to host anywhere from 30 to 300 guests, St. George’s boasts a variety of options, from their intimate piano room to their vine-covered courtyard. They offer on-site catering, as well as bespoke services for their guests, with staff dedicated to event organisation and planning. They also welcome events on their large, perfectly-manicured lawn, ideal for a celebration or event in a marquee, and are available all year long.


River Park Event Centre

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River Park Event Centre is a breezy 10km from Hawke’s Bay central and is a purpose-built venue for all occasions. With green, fenced grounds, the Tuki Tuki River, a marine reserve and several beaches nearby, it serves as a scenic spot for a corporate event venue. They cater to all events, with a team set on adding personal touches to the venue and a flexible, open space like few others.


Napier Conference Centre

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A purpose-built venue dedicated solely to conference and corporate events, Napier Conference Centre ticks all the boxes when it comes a modern and extensive space. With 8 diverse and malleable event spaces spanning 2 floors, they cater for business meetings, launch parties and everything in between. Equipped with the latest technology, on-site catering and stunning waterfront views, Napier’s Conference Centre is conveniently located on Napier’s Marine Parade, a 10-minute drive from the airport and a stone’s throw away from the CBD.


Art Deco Masonic Hotel

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Recently refurbished, Art Deco Masonic Hotel is a breathtaking and award-winning hotel that boasts a genuine art deco flair to all those that visit. First opened in 1861, it sits on Marine Parade in Napier’s city centre, a short drive from the airport and with the ocean at its doors. Their team is available to help with catering, event planning, accommodation, activity scheduling and so much more. Art Deco Masonic Hote can host up to 220 guests, with packages tailored for functions and group set menus to make planning your corporate event a breeze.


Porters Boutique Hotel

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In the heart of Havelock North Village, Porters Boutique Hotel is designed to give guests a sense of modern luxury and comfort. Surrounded by the majestic hills of Hawke’s Bay, it has 3 function rooms of varying size: The Triple Peaks Room, largest and able to host up to 70 guests, The Exchange Room, an elegant space that leads into a sunny courtyard and with a capacity of 30; and, finally, The Redwoods Room, ideal as a small, breakaway or meeting room for intimate gatherings for up to 10. Porters Boutique Hotel offers a host of services and facilities for conferences and meetings, audiovisual equipment included, and is delighted to cater on-site.

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