Top Auckland Gala Dinner Venues
by Luke Ellery | 15 Mar 2019
Gala dinners vary in their formality and are held for a number of 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
1/ Bluestone Room
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The Bluestone Room is a beautifully restored historical fixture in central Auckland. It features native volcanic stone, and Kauri beams and floor – the stunning blank canvas can be styled to match any taste. You can host up to 500 guests in this versatile space. Hearty and flavourful meals are their speciality.
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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.
3/ Orakei Bay
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This beautiful oceanside venue offers a variety of event spaces, from the majestic Foyer and entrance, through to The Gallery with picturesque open areas and large windows. Orakei Bay can host up to 200 guests in a gala dinner setting. Their menu changes every season and can be completely designed to suit your needs and tastes.
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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.
5/ 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.
6/ St Mathew's
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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 a number of 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.
7/ 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.
8/ 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.
9/ The Wharf
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A very dramatic and elegant atmosphere awaits you at The Wharf. You will have stunning panoramic views all night out over the Waitemata Harbour. The stunning multi-level circular chamber of The Grand View Room can seat up to 180 guests – every one of them will feel like that are living the lush life. Even the bathrooms have chandeliers, luxurious fittings, and private sound systems. This venue is perfect for a real black tie event.
10/ Auckland Museum
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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!
11/ Pullman Auckland
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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.
12/ 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.