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Auckland Conference Venues - The Top 20 Conference Venues
by Luke Ellery | 13 Jul 2022
The best conference venues prioritise comfort and convenience. They need plenty of natural light, a spacious break-away area, and high-quality catering. For added efficiency, multiple rooms are a bonus, as it makes simultaneous seminars, workshops and meetings during your conference a lot easier to organise. The following Auckland conference venues are among the finest the city has to offer for hosting a conference with a 'wow' factor. Take a look at our comprehensive guide to Auckland venues for hire here for even more options.
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With the finest views across the Waitemata Harbour, the Hilton Hotel in Auckland is an iconic feature of the city’s Skyline. The Hilton has over 10 versatile spaces that can host 25 to 400 people. Many of those spaces have unbeatable views of Auckland’s Harbour Bridge. Surrounding the base level of the hotel are some of the cities most acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Bellini, Culpepper, Euro, and Wildfire. If you're looking to host a conference in Auckland with on-site catering and accommodation options, as well as acclaimed event management, then the Hilton is the right option for you.
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Be bold with Little Creatures, an Auckland conference venue that allows you to spread your wings. Once a military base and also the birthplace of the commercial aviation industry in New Zealand, this event space has blossomed into a hotspot for activity and events. There are a total of 7 spaces to choose from for your Auckland conference, from the adorable Kittyhawk to the more extensive Seaside Garden Bar. If you want to go all out, hire out all of Little Creatures, with a capacity of 550 guests. They offer a host of sumptuous catering options, high-end audiovisual equipment, plenty of on-site parking, and attentive event coordination throughout.
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Moments away from Auckland Airport is the ever-convenient and versatile Abbeville Estate. Whether you're looking to host your conference on their emerald lawns or stay cosy inside, this venue can accommodate up to 350 guests in any one of their space, including the Homestead, Barn, Dining Room and Garden Room. The hewn timber frames speak of over 150 years of history; below your feet, rustic flooring adds an earthiness to Abbeville Estate. They even boast a kitchen garden that provides herbs and more for on-site catering for your upcoming conference.
Bruce Pulman Park
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One of the most versatile conference venues in all of Auckland, Bruce Pulman Park is the centre of its community with good reason. Boasting 10 spaces to choose from, including the Pulman Lodge Tui Lounge, Pulman Arena Conference Centre, PNC Main Lounge and more, this Auckland venue is awash with choices for your upcoming conference. Their facilities are seemingly endless, including cosy on-site accommodation, audiovisual supplies and assistance, bespoke catering options and plenty of parking for you and your guests. Bruce Pulman Park prides itself on being a spacious, comfortable option for everyone, local and otherwise, surrounded by 64 hectares of greenery and fresh air. Their ongoing involvement in their community has made them one of Auckland's favourite venues.
The Annex at 10 Madden Street
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Run by Generator, The Annex at 10 Madden Street is part of the bustling Wynyard Quarter. Sleek and stylish, it serves as the perfect canvas for your Auckland conference. It boasts a single, flexible space that hosts up to 140 people. Go as large as you like, or whittle it down to suit the requirements of your function. The Annex at 10 Madden Street comes with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and an on-site events coordinator, at your beck and call to ensure that your conference runs to a T. This Auckland conference venue is the ideal option for a polished event, filled with natural light and adapting to every style.
The Officers Mess
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The Officers Mess is a historical and charming Auckland venue that offers space and versatility for you and your guests to enjoy. Drink in views of the sea, Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island whilst sipping on drinks and mingling during intervals, with an expansive deck for your conference to spill onto. The Officers Mess has 3 spaces to choose from, including the Main Room and Middle Room. They can accommodate anywhere from 40 to 200 guests, making this Auckland venue a great option for hosting your conference, no matter how large or small it is.
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Do something different with this Auckland conference venue: a multi-purpose space that lends itself to corporate affairs in style. St Matthew's is an Auckland venue that has hosted several modern, flashy events that all went off seamlessly as a result of their committed in-house team and impeccable planning. In hiring this venue, you have full control over catering, beverages, entertainment and more. The seasoned team at St Matthew's can provide a list of preferred vendors should you need it. This iconic Auckland venue hosts up to 450 guests, making it a perfect choice for your upcoming conference. With a sophisticated, characterful charm to it, your Auckland event will be the talk of the town.
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Okahu is a multifunctional venue that gazes out at the glittering water, Rangitoto and cityscape of Auckland. You can host your next conference at Okahu Bay. They have a dedicated events management team to help with the planning and running of your function, as well as delicious off-site catering options and an audiovisual supplier. When it comes to hosting an Auckland conference with style, Okahu can be the perfect venue for you. They're only 5 km from the CBD and 25 km from the airport, available for exclusive hire throughout the week.
Markovina Vineyard Estate
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Settled in the wine-making district of Kumeu, Markovina Vineyard Estate is an Auckland venue surrounded by nature. With a purpose-built venue to host any and every event, 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 conference. Their friendly service and attention to detail ensure that your conference will be an experience like none other, ensconced in greenery and the beauty of the countryside.
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Dip into old-world festivities with Warkworth Hotel. An hour's drive from central Auckland, this hotel may be off the beaten path, but it's a getaway worth taking. Sporting comfortable accommodation options, divine catering, attentive staff and more, this is an Auckland conference venue that goes the extra mile for its guests. Warkworth Hotel has a total of three different spaces for hire, including their private dining room, lobby and courtyard; if you're taking things to the next level, you can hire out the entire venue. Packing plenty of style and experience, this Auckland venue is a perfect choice for conferences, seminars, meetings, and much more.
The Grounds at Whoa! Studios
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Your next conference can be held at The Grounds at Whoa! Studios, a modern and purpose-built venue that is as flexible as they come. Choose to host your conference at this Auckland venue, located only 15 km from the CBD and 30 km from the airport. With plenty of natural light, expansive outdoor spaces and a restaurant, The Grounds at Whoa! Studios is a wonderful conference venue option in Auckland that can host up to 500 guests. They offer on-site catering options and have a dedicated team that is available to help you make sure that your event runs exactly according to plan.
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A spacious conference venue, Tui Hills, is found in the bush-covered Waitakere Ranges. This Auckland venue is surrounded by a native garden and makes for an incredible corporate event space just 30 minutes outside of the city. With a maximum capacity of 120 guests, Tui Hills is a light-filled and flexible corporate venue that 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 Auckland conference. From cocktail parties in an outdoor garden to conferences in an open, airy room, Tui Hills is the ideal corporate venue.
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Cutting-edge audiovisual technology and a focus on your success are Cordis' major priorities - the recipe for success when planning a conference. With 18 different corporate event spaces available, your options are seemingly endless when planning your Auckland conference. As of 2022, they have added even more choices to, accommodate for the increased demand, with their new Pinnacle Tower adding another 244 rooms to the hotel. Host simultaneous seminars in different rooms, and come together to mingle over Cordis Hotel's award-winning in-house catering. International guests or speakers can enjoy luxury accommodation and an oh-so-convenient location in the midst of the city. With a professional and detail-orientated team, you can rest assured that your Auckland conference is in expert hands with Cordis.
Connemara Country Lodge
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Spread out on plenty of rolling farmland and boasting views of Manukau Harbour, Connemara Country Lodge is an Auckland venue for all. Its centrepiece is a grand, comfy country house with spacious decking and light-filled rooms. You can have your function on the manicured lawns, beneath a string of fairy lights or tucked away in a marquee. Connemara Country Lodge hosts up to 100 guests, with accommodation for up to 8 so you and your guests can rest easy before or after the big bash. Facilities include multiple locations for your conference; there are BYO options, plenty of on-site parking and more.
East Street Hall
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Your conference will be the talk of the town at East Street Hall, Auckland's favourite multipurpose venue. Once a community hall part of a Samoan church, this conference venue now functions as a mid-century modernist building for up to 250 delegates. East Street Hall is filled with natural light and has all the amenities you're after, including audiovisual supplies, on-site catering options and attentive service. It also features a total of 4 spaces for hire for your Auckland conference, including the Courtyard, Canteen, Summer Deck and Bar; if you're keen for a more exclusive gathering, you can hire out the entirety of the venue and go to town. The menu at East Street Hall has been inspired by the food culture of Tel Aviv, so you can be guaranteed that your catering will be the stuff of legends.
Smiths & Stables
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Located on 50 acres of rolling hills, paddocks and vineyards in Matakana, Smiths & Stables is a versatile conference venue option outside of central Auckland. With the space to fit more than 500 guests inside and over 1000 using the courtyards and lawn, the potential for this unique rural venue is endless. Smiths & Stables also has 2 restaurants and 2 bars, expansive manicured lawns, and 2 sheltered courtyards to boot. It’s a delightful mixture of contemporary and rustic, with a wonderful outdoor/indoor flow that few venues can match.
The Hunting Lodge
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The Hunting Lodge is an Auckland conference venue that is home to the historic and iconic Hunting Lodge Homestead. This Auckland venue adapts to the atmosphere and tone of every event, including conferences of up to 250 guests. Choose from their emerald lawns, rustic barn and restaurant when planning your conference, seminar or more. The Hunting Lodge offers bespoke packages for events, helping you to 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 when it comes to superb service, featuring mouthwatering catering options, audiovisual supplies and assistance, event expertise and more.
Auckland Art Gallery
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Auckland Art Gallery is a versatile function space, playing host to a number of events. It's ideally used for evening conferences because the gallery remains publicly accessible during the day. However, a few of their dedicated function spaces are available for hire during their working hours. So with the right planning, a full-day conference (depending on the size of the guest list) could be arranged. In any case, a conference held at the Auckland Art Gallery is sure to inspire - surrounded by natural light and works of art will get creative juices flowing.
Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre
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Completed in 2016, this modern Auckland conference venue is conveniently located a few minutes from the Auckland International Airport. It is a multi-level 250-pax venue with stunning views of Auckland city, and the harbour from the top floor. Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre has 10 unique conference spaces available, so there’s something for any type of conference. The dedicated conference team can help you find the perfect space to suit your needs. The conference venue is fully equipped with everything you need to flawlessly execute your event.
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Originally constructed in 2009 with more than 30 million dollars spent on the project, ASB Showgrounds have facilities to cater to any demand and of any scale. They have virtual walkthroughs of all their function spaces available on their site. This Auckland conference venue features an abundance of on-site parking, the latest in audiovisual technology, and a range of versatile event spaces for your upcoming event.
Vodafone Events Centre
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Every year, the Vodafone Events Centre hosts conferences for businesses that empower, inspire, and educate. They can fit up to 3000 guests in the main space, but alternative event spaces are entirely available depending on your needs. Their massive doors on the ground level are a logistical lifesaver for any large set pieces or complex equipment. Being only 10 minutes away from the airport, and having 750 car parks on-site means none of your guests will find trouble getting there. Stylish, sophisticated and sleek, the Vodafone Events Centre is one of Auckland's premier conference venues.
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Offering the latest in audiovisual technology and the potential for every room to be data-linked makes Aotea Centre perfect for large-scale conferences or conventions. The main theatre is currently the largest modern tiered theatre function space in New Zealand; it can host up to 2000 people on all three tiers. Having recently undergone refurbishments that have refreshed and modernised their space, Aotea Centre has set a benchmark as one of the city's most fabulous conference venues, curating their space to your function's needs.
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With 7 versatile event spaces, restaurants, bars, and a convenient location – a literal stone’s throw away from the international arrival gate at Auckland International Airport – Hotel Novotel is the most convenient conference centre for international guests. Hotel Novotel provides Ergonomic furniture, high-tech equipment, and any catering you may need to ensure your conference is a resounding success. The Novotel company has several conference spaces located all around the world; let their international reputation fuel your confidence in the flawless execution of your event.
Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre
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Modern and stylish conference spaces with lagoon views are the answer to your conference's needs. Waipuna Hotel is located in Mt Wellington, only 15 minutes away from Auckland CBD and only a few minutes away from Sylvia Park. The events team at Waipuna Conference Centre is here to help with the total planning and running of your Auckland conference, with plenty of experience in Auckland events. A total of 15 corporate spaces are on offer for your conference at this flexible venue, ensuring that you'll have all the choices you could need and more.
University of Auckland Owen G. Glenn Building
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The University of Auckland's Owen G. Glenn building has a wide variety of rooms for hire, ranging from small tutorials and case rooms to auditoriums that seat up to 600 people. Every room at this conference venue comes equipped with advanced audiovisual technology and offers the potential to stream seminars between spaces. The main atrium can accommodate cocktail-style functions for up to 500 guests or formal dinners for up to 250 guests. This building is only accessible to businesses that have a relationship with the university, so it's pretty exclusive when it comes to Auckland conferences.
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Naumi Hotel has embraced the idea of daring to be different with unique and quirky event spaces that still maintain the highest standard of catering and audiovisual supplies. Your delegates will feel like they are in a new age in any of Naumi Hotel’s 7 dedicated event spaces, intentionally designed to evoke emotional responses that promote productivity. Featuring plush accommodation for guests that wish to stay, on-site catering and a helpful events management team, your function will be taken care of from top to bottom with this conference venue.