Top 14 Auckland Venues for Corporate Events
by Luke Ellery | 09 Nov 2018
It may not be the capital city, but Auckland is certainly the largest and most densely populated city in New Zealand. As a result, we have arguably the most versatile and unique selection of venues for hosting corporate events. Whether your event is small or large, this list is sure to help you find the perfect space to leave your guests feeling excited and inspired.
We all know the idea of “corporate” has expanded so much. No longer does a corporate event feel like a colourless experience where everyone has to say and do the right thing. On the contrary, many businesses actively disrupt the norm. Auckland caters to this newfound myriad of corporate styles by providing a variety of venues from minimalist urban style spaces, to venues outside of the hustle and bustle of the city that provide fun/ team building activities.
1. Cordis Auckland
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Cordis is the Latin word for heart, soul, and mind and the venue has embraced every aspect of their name’s origin. Cordis is aptly located in the heart of Auckland City, their experience in event hosting gives you that precious piece of mind and their delicious catering feeds your very soul. With over 13 customisable spaces available suitable for numbers ranging from 40 to 350, Cordis has a space for any large or small scale corporate event. Your guests can enjoy the luxury accommodation available on site, as well as the many Auckland landmarks and tourist hotspots located a walking distance from the hotel.
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Boasting the finest views over the Auckland Harbour from all directions, the Hilton Hotel in Auckland is an iconic feature of the city’s Skyline, reaching far into the water - the hotel is barely distinguishable from a luxury cruise liner. The Hilton has over 10 versatile spaces that can host 25 to 400 people. Many of those spaces have one-of-a-kind views of Auckland’s stunning harbour. Surrounding the base level of the hotel are some of Auckland’s most acclaimed restaurants and bars including Bellini, The Culpepper, Euro, Wildfire and more.
3. Pullman Auckland
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Another centrally located hotel venue, Pullman stands out by having one of the largest corporate event spaces while simultaneously providing on-site accommodation. Their Princes Ballroom can host up to 1000 people. Pullman Auckland has a total of 16 function spaces available – 3 of those spaces are suitable for large-scale events of over 100 people. For any full day corporate events, your guests will appreciate the comfortable location of Pullman Auckland. Across the road is Albert Park, one of Auckland’s gems and the perfect spot for a break in the sunshine.
4. Villa Maria
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Even though Villa Maria is outside of the city, it maintains an urban and industrial aesthetic (but with a lot more open space). Villa Maria offers 7 function spaces that can host up to 300 people depending on the style of function. This is the perfect venue of any corporate event that is expecting international guests as it is conveniently located only 5 minutes from AKL International Airport. Moreover, you are sure to impress international (and local guests alike) with the incredible wine stock. Villa Maria is, after all, New Zealand's most awarded winery and has been for the past 30 years.
5. Thievery Studio
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The ultimate blank space for a corporate event. This space is clean, minimalist, and versatile. With three separate rooms suitable for anything from cocktail events to board meetings. Thievery Studio is home to the Thievery Creative production company, but there is plenty of room to go around, thus the event space was born. If you want to give the impression of knowing the most “hip” places in town, then Thievery should definitely be at the top of your list.
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The Rooftop Terrace at Rydges is one of Auckland’s most iconic venues. It boasts some of the finest views of the Auckland harbour bridge and is sure to leave a lasting impression on guests. The terrace can host up to 150 guests in a cocktail setting, but the hotel venue also has spaces available that can host up to 400 people for any large scale events. Its location in the heart of Auckland city means it is easily accessible and there are plenty of nearby attractions.
7. Kauri Bay Boomrock
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Engage all the senses on this stunning 500-acre property in Clevedon. A few things you can expect: culinary delights to die for, outdoor activities to get your heart racing, and views to leave you feeling blessed. Any event hosted here is already on the verge of being the coolest event you’ve ever organised - quite simply because of how cool Kauri Bay Boomrock is. They have the capacity to host up to 250 guests in their Lodge which has the most incredible views of the Hauraki Golf. All your guests can experience the amazing on-site activities which include the likes of clay bird shooting, tractor driving, knife throwing, floral workshops, cooking challenges, and more!
8. Sky City
Sky City makes up a large part of the very heart and soul of Auckland city. You’d be hard-pressed to find an Aucklander who hasn't heard of or been to this iconic Auckland venue. With two levels, 21 functions rooms, bars, restaurants, a convention centre and a 700-seat theatre, there is literally no event they can’t host. Skycity centre itself has plenty of activities for guests from shows and performances, to the casino. However, if your guests aren’t satisfied with what the centre already has, it’s handy central location gives your guests access to all of Auckland's best local attractions.
9. Crowne Plaza
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The last hotel venue on this list but certainly not the least impressive - hotels just make excellent venues. Crowne Plaza can host up to 400 people for a large conference. However, they also have flexible function spaces available for a group as small as 20. Crowne Plaza prides themselves on having been awarded ‘Auckland’s Leading Business Hotel’ 3 years running. With high-end technology available and plenty of light in many of their spaces, Crowne Plaza knows their spaces are productive and give you plenty of room to grow your ideas.
10. ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
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A premium venue, with up-close views of the Waitemata Harbour. 8 unique rooms are up for use in this 6000m2 dedicated event space. The capabilities of the ANZ event centre range from large-scale conventions, to small-scale functions It’s right up close to Auckland’s iconic Silo Park which regularly hosts food festivals, film screenings, and markets. Moreover, some of Auckland’s newest and trendiest restaurants are located just a short walk from the venue.
11. Auckland Museum
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It may be chock full of antiques and history, but the Auckland Museum event space is one of the most modern and groundbreaking architectural spaces in Auckland. The museum event space can host up to 600 people in theatre style seating, but the space is versatile and can also be used for cocktail functions or a gala dinner. The best of all is that you and your guests can explore selected museum exhibits after hours! The Museum's Maori cultural performers can also take you on an entertaining journey to learn more about our tangata whenua.
12. Auckland Art Gallery
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Your guests are bound to be impressed by the cyclopean kauri columns that tower over the street as they enter, one of Auckland’s landmark buildings, The Auckland Art Gallery. A variety of spaces are available within the gallery including the delicate Lower Grey Gallery, the lux Mackelvie Gallery, the light-filled East Terrace, and the crisp and versatile North Atrium. The Auckland Art Gallery can host, product launches, conferences, galas, award ceremonies, school balls, or weddings – whatever the event, this Victorian influenced modern space is sure to leave your guests feeling blessed.
13. University of Auckland's Fale Pasifika
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Primarily, the fale functions as the cultural and spiritual home to the University of Auckland’s’ Pacific communities. Secondarily, it functions as an absolutely stunning space that can host a variety of private or corporate events for up to 250 people. This stunning feature on the University’s campus provides guests with a real taste of Pacific culture. With 7 academics, artists, and architects from various Pacific communities having a personal hand in the design and construction of the Fale Pasifica Complex, the building is a genuine work of art that beautifully represents Pacific culture. The vast space is fairly customisable which makes it suitable for a variety of events, from seated dinners and conferences to cocktail events.
14. The Cloud
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Every Aucklander knows The Cloud, and moreover, they know it is one of the most sought-after event spaces in the CBD. Originally constructed as a temporary structure to function as a fan-zone during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, The Cloud has swiftly become an iconic feature along the waterfront of New Zealand’s City of Sails. It can host up to 4000 people in a cocktail setting on the exhibition floor alone. The upper and/ or lower mezzanine floors can also be hired individually for smaller events of up to 230 people. You’re going to want to get in quick with this venue as rumour has it, it was only designed to last 20 years. So - if my math is right - we’ve only got about 13 years left to enjoy The Cloud and all it has to offer.