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Auckland Conference Venues - The Top 20 Conference Venues
by Luke Ellery | 25 Jun 2020
The best conference venues prioritise comfort and convenience. They need comfortable seating with good visibility, a spacious break-away area, and (if they don’t allow external catering services) good quality food and beverage for sustenance. For convenience, multiple rooms are a bonus, as it makes simultaneous seminars/ workshops/ meetings during your conference a lot easier to organise. The following 20 Auckland conference venues are among the finest the city has to offer for hosting a conference with wow factor. Take a look at our comprehensive guide to Auckland venues for hire here for even more options.
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Uxbridge is contemporary Auckland conference venue settled amongst rolling green hills and a glimmering coastline. This conference venue is a multipurpose space that boasts versatility and functionality in equal amounts. With a maximum capacity of 200 guests, they have a total of 9 spaces to choose from for your conference, including their Malcolm Smith Gallery, meeting rooms, main hall, Green Room, foyer, concourse, art studios and more. Their theatre has been converted from a local historical church, maintaining their sleek appearance with high ceilings, white walls and polished concrete floors. They also offer audiovisual assistance, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems on deck. Uxbridge is a modern venue with style, right in the heart of Howick and only 25 km from both the city centre and airport.
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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.
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If you're looking for an unusual and exciting place to host your next conference, look no further than Sculptureum. A fine art venue in Matakana, Sculptureum combines the love of life and art with the love of events. It has a remarkable 3 sculpture gardens and 6 art galleries packed into acres of airy land, with views overlooking Little Barrier Island. The founder of the Sculptureum, Anthony Grant, has spent a decade collecting artwork from around the world. The Miro Room is the designated event space within Sculptureum, a blank canvas on which you can imprint your vision. This venue can accommodate up to 200 of your lucky guests, with delicious on-site catering options and off-site audiovisual suppliers for your Auckland conference.
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Pullman Auckland is one of the largest inner-city conferencing hotels in Auckland. Their Princes Ballroom can host up to 1000 people. Pullman Auckland has a total of 16 function spaces available with many of those spaces suitable for large numbers. Across the road is Albert Park, one of Auckland’s gems, your guests will be able to find the perfect spot for a break in the sunshine.
Victory Convention Centre
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Looking for a conference venue has never been easier with the Victory Convention Centre on the map: a multipurpose venue that is all about functionality and a modern atmosphere. Only moments away from Victoria Park, this Auckland venue comes equipped with the latest audiovisual technology and a professional events team to help with the planning and running of your conference. Their spaces include the Theatre, Foyer, Harbour View Rooms 1 and 2 (which can be combined if needed), and Executive Lounge. Victory Convention Centre can accommodate anywhere from 2,400 guests to 8, making it as flexible as it is fabulous. Choose to host your conference with this versatile and expansive Auckland venue located in the heart of the city.
Hu's Art Farm
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Half an hour outside of Auckland, Hu's Art Farm is a flexible venue that is the ideal spot to host your conference. Mrs Hu, a patron of the arts, has created this residence and event space for international performing and visual artists to stay and collaborate and showcase their work in the custom-built gallery. With its majestic views, large gallery, purpose-built bar, and expansive grounds and ponds, this Auckland venue transforms itself into a premier option for conferences and can host up to 200 guests.
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 anything for your upcoming conference.
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10 flexible conference spaces are available of varying shape and size. Crowne Plaza was just awarded 2018’s leading business hotel, but their function spaces aren’t boring. Their idea of corporate extends way beyond black and white suits. A conference at Crowne Plaza will be creative, innovative, and fun.
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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 event 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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Why can't your conference feel like a getaway? Fantail Farm is here to help with that, as a gorgeous resort-style conference venue. Surrounded by natural beauty, this Auckland venue is a scenic 45-minute drive from the CBD, has state-of-the-art audiovisual technology available on-site, and plenty of natural light. You can choose to host your Auckland conference inside their Cabana, offering a Bohemian, relaxed air, or out on their expansive lawn (with or without a marquee). They can cater for anywhere from 80 to 180 guests, making Fantail Farm a perfect option for your Auckland conference.
The Flagship Education Centre
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The Flagship Education Centre is a unique and exciting conference space in the heart of the city. Settled in Auckland's beloved Wynard Quarter, this modern venue comes equipped with an immersive and entertaining experience, as well as sustainable practices to boot. There are 2 options to choose from with The Flagship Education Centre: their Event Space and Meeting Space. The former can host up to 200 guests cocktail-style, making for a great space for conferences, no matter how big or small; the latter is an ideal intimate meeting space but can be used as a breakaway room. Both are flooded with light, with the offerings of external audiovisual suppliers and caterers. The Flagship Education Centre is a community space with the environment and education at the core of its beliefs.
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, an expansive outdoor space 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 corporate 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 corporate event. From cocktail parties in an outdoor garden to conferences in an open, airy room, Tui Hills can be the perfect Auckland venue for your corporate event.
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The Auckland War Memorial Museum is a major landmark of our big little city. The event space on the rooftop of the museum has been used for several major events including the 2017 Unfiltered Live conference. The event space includes a large breakaway area with stunning views and natural light and a massive central area that can be arranged in a cocktail format, theatre style, or as a seated dinner arrangement.
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Cutting edge presentation technology and a focus on your success are Cordis' major priorities. With over 13 different corporate event spaces available there is sure to be plenty of room for even a large scale, multi-speaker conference event. 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 not have to worry about finding transportation to the event space.
Auckland Art Gallery
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Auckland art gallery is a versatile function space. It is 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 new Auckland conference centre 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 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. They have virtual walkthroughs of all their function spaces available on their site. They have an abundance of on-site parking, the latest in audio-visual technology, and a range of versatile event spaces.
New Zealand International Convention Centre
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The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) will be a modern building with versatile interior space. NZICC is in the process of its construction but will open its doors to eager event planners in 2020. With adaptable spaces able to cater to several events including a pre-function capacity for 2,700 people, a convention capacity for 3,150, and one-off events capacity for 4,000. The NZICC will be within walking distance of the waterfront, Auckland tourist attractions, and hotel facilities.
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 people 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.
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Offering the latest in audio-visual 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. Currently undergoing refurbishments that will refresh and modernise their space, they will be officially completed in March 2019 – so watch this space.
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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 – Novotel is the most convenient conference centre for international guests. 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.
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Host an unforgettable conference with an immersive luxury venue amidst the native rainforest. It may seem like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it is only 30km away from both Auckland's CBD and the Auckland International Airport. Allow your delegates to feel like they have disconnected from the rest of the world so they can focus on the content you have to present. Their on-site facilities are second-to-none in a self-contained retreat. Waitakere Estate’s boutique accommodation allows your delegates to remain on-site, in complete luxury, throughout a multi-day conference.
Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre
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Modern, and stylish conference spaces with lagoon views; Waipuna Hotel is located in Mt Wellington only 15 minutes away from Auckland CBD and only a few minutes away from Sylvia Park – Auckland newest and largest shopping complex. The events team at Waipuna Conference Centre feels great delight from the great success of your function. 15 corporate spaces are on offer to ensure you can select a space that is most suitable to the needs of your conference.
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The Grand Millennium’s dedicated corporate floors can host up to 1,000 guests. There are 16 flexible function spaces available – suitable for a range of styles and requirements. It is centrally located in the middle of the CBD and boasts world-class amenities for you and your delegates.
University of Auckland Owen G. Glenn Building
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The University of Auckland's Owen G. Glenn building has rooms, ranging from small tutorials and case rooms to auditoriums that seat up to 600 people. Every room comes equipped with advanced audio-visual technology and offers the potential to stream seminars between rooms. The main atrium can accommodate cocktail-style functions for up to 500 people or formal sit-down dinners for up to 250 guests. This building is only accessible to businesses that have a relationship with the university.
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There has been a lot of talk in the corporate world about “disrupting the norm” and trying things unconventionally or innovatively. Naumi hotel has embraced this idea with unique and quirky event spaces that still maintain the highest standard of catering and audio-visual supplies. Your delegates will feel like they are in a new age in any of Naumi’s 7 dedicated event spaces that were intentionally designed to evoke emotional responses that promote productivity.