The Top 20 Auckland Conference Venues
by Luke Ellery | 10 Nov 2018
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 is 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.
1. Auckland Art Gallery
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Auckland art gallery is a versatile function space. It is ideally used for evening conferences due to the fact that 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.
2. 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.
3. Auckland Museum - Events
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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 a number of 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.
4. Cordis Auckland
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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.
5. ASB Showgrounds
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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.
6. 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 a number of 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.
7. Vodafone Events Centre
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Every year the Vodafone Events Centre hosts conferences for businesses that empower, inspire, and educate. They are able to 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.
8. ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
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The ANZ Viaduct Events Centre is a multi-functional events centre in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. The 32 million dollar building opened its doors in 2011. The facility is made up of 6,000 square metres and eight individual rooms suitable for all sorts of events including conferences, exhibitions, awards nights, and gala dinners. It is a perfect blend of functionality and style - its location near to Silo Park, one of Auckland’s cultural centres, will give your delegates a great taste of what Auckland has to offer.
9. Aotea Centre
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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 complete in March 2019 – so watch this space.
10. Crowne Plaza
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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.
11. Hotel Novotel
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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 a number of conference spaces located all around the world; let their international reputation fuel your confidence in the flawless execution of your event.
12. The Hilton
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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.
13. Waitakere Estate
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Host an unforgettable conference with an immersive luxury venue amidst native rainforest. It may seem like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it is actually 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 totally self-contained retreat. Waitakere Estate’s boutique accommodation allows your delegates to remain on-site, in complete luxury, throughout a multi-day conference.
14. The Wharf
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3 primary conference spaces are available in this centrally located Auckland venue. The Wharf offers a dramatic atmosphere that few venues can match thanks to their lofty ceilings, panoramic views of the Waitemata Harbour, and high tech lighting design equipment. The circular nature of the rooms is ideal for conferences that showcase products as they can be viewed by everyone in the space and from all sides.
15. 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.
16. Pullman Auckland
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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.
17. Millennium Hotel
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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 to 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.
18. 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 tutorial 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.
19. Sky City Events Centre
Two levels containing 21 functions rooms, bars, restaurants, a convention centre and a 700-seat theatre, Sky City canhost absolutely any event. The Sky City Centre has a plethora of activities for your delegates, from shows and performances to the casino. However, if your guests aren’t satisfied with what the centre itself offers, the central location means they have all of Auckland’s CBD at their fingertips.
20. Naumi Hotel
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There has been a lot of talk in the corporate world about “disrupting the norm” and trying things in an unconventional or innovative way. Naumi hotel has embraced this idea with completely 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.