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Top Auckland Gala Dinner Venues
by Luke Ellery | 28 Jul 2020
Gala dinners vary in their formality and are held for several different reasons. Whether your gala dinner is a fundraising event, an awards night, or a product launch, you’re going to need a premium venue that provides a beautiful atmosphere and delicious catering options. The following 12 venues are among the finest gala dinner venues that Auckland has to offer. If you're looking for more venue options, take a look at our comprehensive guide to Auckland venues here.
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PIlkingtons is an award-winning Auckland restaurant that can be completely hired out for private events. Gala dinners are, naturally, a speciality of theirs given their usual status as a fully functional restaurant. The layout of the space is perfect for seated dinners and their menu and beverage selection will be a hit with your guests. The boutique furniture and lush greenery that fill the interior of Pilkingtons will help set an elegant and charming tone.
White + Wong's
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Looking for something a little different? Look no further than White + Wong's, a restaurant that perfectly blends the East and West. This gala dinner venue has 2 locations to pick from in both Auckland's vibrant Viaduct and Newmarket. As an ideal gala dinner space, White + Wong's can offer on-site catering tailored to your night, with a blend of street food and classic delights such as Peking duck and freshly steamed dumplings, ensuring mouthwatering dining options as well as a colourful spot to host your gala dinner. Their Viaduct location has a maximum capacity of 350 guests, whilst their Newmarket location fits up to 100 guests. White + Wong's is a fabulous restaurant that is sure to give your gala dinner added flavour at either location.
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The Riverhead is a private and flexible venue that offers itself up for hire, only a 30-minute drive from Auckland and surrounded by greenery and tranquil waters. Outdoors, indoors or a nice mix, this Auckland venue is all about giving you options amidst cosy beauty and convenience. With your catering taken care of by on-site suppliers, plenty of natural light and multiple spaces to choose between, The Riverhead is one of the finest gala dinner venues on the fringes of Auckland. Their spaces include The Boat House and Deacon's Kitchen, as well as exclusive hire of the venue for your gala dinner.
Kauri Bay Boomrock
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Kauri Bay Boomrock’s head chef sources local produce every day to ensure the freshest of ingredients in their delicious kiwi menu. A few features that you and your 200 guests can enjoy are stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf, versatile space, transportation to and from the CBD, and adrenaline-inducing activities. Kauri Bay Boomrock regularly hosts lunches and dinners for the public – keep an eye out and you can go and taste their incredible food for yourself.
The Grounds at Whoa! Studios
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The Grounds at Whoa! Studios is a modern and purpose-built venue that is as flexible as they come. Choose to host your next gala dinner 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 gala dinner 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 gala dinner goes off without a hitch.
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Gerome is an Auckland restaurant that has won awards for its stylish, luxe interior - the perfect venue to host your next gala dinner. Their menu has been inspired by Greek flavour, curated by talented chefs and served with a flourish. For your gala dinner, choose between set menus and something bespoke - there's no limit to the attention to detail Gerome pours into your dining experience. For function spaces, they offer their main dining space, private dining area, mezzanine or terrace; if you're looking to host something larger and more fabulous, you can hire out the whole venue. Gerome is here to make your gala dinner an unforgettable experience in the midst of the city.
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With capacities of up to 650 people for banquet style events, Pullman Auckland offers the perfect space for large-scale gala nights. Contemporary cuisine and high tech light & sound equipment guarantee a modern luxury atmosphere for you and your guests. Booking a gala event at the Pullman hotel in Auckland entitles you to one night stay at the hotel with included parking. This is extremely valuable for any event organisers who know that access the site of your event for setting up and packing down is essential.
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Dine in the grand marble foyer or under the iconic copper roof of one of the city’s most stunning buildings, The Auckland War Memorial Museum. The available spaces are suitable for gala dinners ranging from 150 to 450 guests. The latest technology in audio-visual equipment is available which ensure any speeches or presentations made during your Gala night will be well represented. The most exciting part of hiring out Auckland’s museum as your function venue is after your event is finished, your guests can explore select exhibitions with a private guide!
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 gala dinner. Their friendly service and attention to detail ensure that your gala dinner will be an experience like none other, ensconced in greenery and the beauty of the countryside.
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Moments away from Auckland Airport is the ever-convenient and versatile Abbeville Estate. Whether you're looking to host your gala dinner 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 the on-site catering for your upcoming gala dinner.
Turanga Creek Vineyard
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Turanga Creek Vineyard is dedicated to bringing you the perfect gala dinner. They're a flexible gala dinner venue that is committed to bringing you the best with both rustic and modern appeal. This space can host up to 130 guests, with the option of a marquee to extend the number. They provide a bespoke dining experience, with expert caterers and a dining space overlooking pinot gris vines. Turanga Creek Vineyard has a warm, relaxed atmosphere to it that makes it one of Auckland's favourite gala dinner venues.
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A gala dinner that also doubles as a getaway venue, Tui Hills is found in the bush-covered Waitakere Ranges, surrounded by a native garden and making for an incredible gala dinner space just 30 minutes outside of Auckland. With a maximum capacity of 120 guests, Tui Hills is a light-filled and flexible gala dinner 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 gala dinner.
The Officers Mess
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Historically charming and with oceanside views for miles and miles, The Officers Mess is an 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 cocktails, with an expansive deck for your gala dinner 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 gala dinners.
Fantail & Turtle
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With an easygoing vibe and plenty of space, Fantail & Turtle is an eatery that has it all: two bars, community brewery, an expansive all-weather outdoor area and plenty of local taps to choose from. This Auckland venue is ideal for gala dinners, hosting up to 200 guests and offering a seasonal sharing menu like none other. They also feature fantastic on-site catering and a drinks list that includes, local craft beer, real ale, cider, over fifty wines, kombucha and more. Fantail & Turtle is a flexible and relaxed Auckland venue, ideal for your upcoming gala dinner.
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Have a gala dinner at the ocean's edge with Okahu. Perched on the edge of Okahu Bay, Okahu is a multifunctional venue that gazes out at the glittering water, Rangitoto and cityscape of Auckland. They have a dedicated events management team to help with the planning and running of your gala dinner, as well as delicious off-site catering options and an audiovisual supplier. When it comes to hosting an Auckland gala dinner 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.
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Everybody’s is, without a doubt, one of Auckland’s hotspots being adjacent to the very popular nightclub, The Roxy. This restaurant-bar and function space has customisable function menus that can turn any gala night into one that will be remembered. The stunning interior design will give your gala night the wow factor that every event planner dreams of.
Ascension Wine Estate
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This award-winning estate and venue is found in Matakana, just 45 minutes north of Auckland. Handcrafted wine and inspiring menus are Ascension’s passion. The restaurant within Ascension Wine Estate is a top-rated restaurant of the Matakana region with a focus on Italian and Mediterranean flavours. The short trip out the hustle and bustle of the city is entirely worth it for the incredible food and atmosphere that Ascension has to offer.
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The classic architecture of this stunning church paired with high-tech lighting technology turns this venue into an absolute vision that can host up 250 seated guests. Though a church may not be where you imagined the perfect gala dinner to be held, St Mathew's has hosted several contemporary events that all went off without a hitch. In hiring this venue, you will need to consider external catering and beverage services. The team at St Mathew's can provide a list of preferred vendors should you require it.
Auckland Art Gallery
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The perfect venue for a formal gala event that intends to invoke glamour and class. The Auckland Art Gallery building juxtaposes the old and the new - with its stunning modern glass and kauri structure connecting to the original Victorian-style building. Multiple function spaces are available including the North Atrium, Lower Grey Gallery, Mackelvie Gallery, and the East Terrace each with varying capacities and styles. You are bound to find the perfect space for your gala event. Exclusively catered by the reputable team at Urban Gourmet you can rest assured that your guests will love the food. Once you’ve booked the venue and selected your menu options, Urban Gourmet will privately host a tasting for you so you can be certain the food is up to your standards.
Rydges Rooftop Terrace
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The ever-popular Rydges Rooftop Terrace is the perfect place for a chic modern gala dinner of up to 150 guests. The terrace is not overly extravagant but simply luxurious with its open spaces, large glass panels, and stunning panoramic view of Auckland’s skyline. Prime meats and fine seafood dishes are their specialities, the team from Rydges in-house restaurant, The Cut Restaurant and Bar, will ensure your guests’ mouths are watering from the minute they see the menu.