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Top Auckland Gala Dinner Venues
by Luke Ellery | 23 Jun 2021
Gala dinners vary in their formality and are held for an array of reasons, from decadent and formal to relaxed and carefree. Whether your gala dinner is part of 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 Auckland venues are among the finest gala dinner venues that the city 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 doubles as a venue and can be hired entirely out for private events, making it as exclusive as it is elegant. Naturally, gala dinners are a speciality of theirs given their usual status as a fabulous and stylish restaurant. The layout of this Auckland gala dinner venue is perfect for seated meals, 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 help set the tone, boasting swathes of natural light and as much flexibility as you need for your upcoming gala dinner.
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 delicious 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.
The Lula Inn
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Found in downtown Auckland at the water's edge is The Lula Inn, the perfect combination of laidback luxury and flexible spaces for your upcoming gala dinner. Choose between a total of 7 spaces, including the Greenhouse, Oasis Deck, Lula Lane, Eatery, Drinkery, Harbour Eatery and Harbour Drinkery, several of which you can mix and match to suit your Auckland gala dinner. The Lula Inn has quickly become one of the city's longstanding favourites due to their prime location, supreme service and sumptuous on-site catering. This Auckland venue is the complete package, growing livelier as the night wanes and hosting up to 450 guests. You'll be treated to incredible drink, dancing and plenty of laughter - all the makings of a beautiful gala dinner that you and your guests won't soon forget.
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Pairing classic architecture with timeless elegance, St Matthew's is an Auckland venue that lends itself to gala dinners of up to 250 guests. This Auckland venue 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 makes the ideal location for inner-city events, including gala dinners, cocktail nights and more. With a sophisticated, characterful charm to it, your gala dinner will be the talk of the town.
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One of Mission Bay's finest venues, Five Knots offers glimmering views all around and service like none other. Mere minutes from Auckland central, this stunning venue provides two spaces for your gala dinner: the Commodores Lounge for up to 120 guests and the Five Knots Room for up to 190 guests. Versatile and filled with light, this Auckland venue is ideal for all types of gala dinners, with facilities such as on-site catering, a fully licensed bar and plenty of parking. Five Knots is revered for its unparalleled views across the board, stretching from the breathtaking cityscape and all the way to the harbour. Your Auckland gala dinner will be an affair to remember at this impeccable venue, hosting incredible events for years.
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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 ingredients in their delicious kiwi menu, meaning that your gala dinner is sure to be a hit. 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. When you host your gala dinner at this Auckland venue, you're guaranteed an experienced team at your side from start to finish, helping you to plan an immaculate function.
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If a gala dinner filled with contemporary elegance is your goal, Spectra Café has got you covered. This eatery was designed to be a toast to the best modern architecture can give us, located on the seventh floor in the middle of the busy Auckland City. They have everything you need for your upcoming gala dinner, from the professional and attentive staff to stunning views over the city and harbour. When it comes to their menu, you'll be in for a treat with their seasonal and simple dishes that are sure to delight. Opened in 2020, Spectra Café seeks to be an Auckland venue for hire that offers both open spaces for collaborative thought alongside private dining. Accommodating anywhere from 50 to 350 guests, this is a perfect choice for your gala dinner.
Bruce Pulman Park
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Your Auckland gala dinner can take place at one of Auckland's most flexible venues, Bruce Pulman Park. 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 gala dinner. 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. Your gala dinner can take place in serenity, with all the fine details taken care of thanks to their incredible in-house team.
The Grounds at Whoa! Studios
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The Grounds at Whoa! Studios is a modern and purpose-built Auckland gala dinner venue that is as flexible as they come. Choose to host your upcoming gala dinner at this Auckland venue, located only 15 km from the CBD and 30 km from the airport. With plenty of natural light, 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 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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Celebrate the best day of the week any time of the week with Saturdays, an Auckland gala dinner venue that is as flexible as it is modern. Chic, cool and available for exclusive hire, this space accommodates up to 300 guests for your gala dinner. Ideal for everything from after-work drinks to gala dinners, this Auckland venue specialises in hosting functions with flair. It was given a complete makeover in 2020, giving it a slick ambience that will match every theme, boasting polished concrete floors, custom bar and DJ setup - all the key ingredients to an awe-inspiring gala dinner. Saturdays is poised to make your function unforgettable, taking care of everything from catering to audiovisual intricacies.
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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 much-loved Auckland Museum. The available spaces are suitable for gala dinners ranging from 150 to 450 guests. The latest technology in audio-visual equipment is available, ensuring any speeches or presentations made during your gala dinner will be well represented. The most exciting part of hiring out the Auckland Museum as your function venue is after your event is finished, your guests can explore select exhibitions with a private guide.
East Street Hall
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East Street Hall is bringing flavour to your gala dinner. Once a community hall part of a Samoan church, this Auckland gala dinner venue now functions as a mid-century modernist building that caters for up to 150 guests, sit-down. It is filled with natural light and has all the amenities you're after, including audiovisual supplies, on-site catering options and attentive service. East Street Hall features a total of 4 spaces for hire for your Auckland gala dinner, including the Courtyard, Canteen, Summer Deck and Bar; if you're keen for a more exclusive night, you can hire out the entirety of the venue and go to town. With a menu inspired by the food culture of Tel Aviv, you're in for a treat with this Auckland venue. Dine on pitas and plates, thoughtfully put together by their creative and talented chefs, alongside organic wines, fresh beer and herbaceous cocktails. Only the best awaits you at East Street Hall, one of Auckland's favourite gala dinner venues.
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 Auckland venue. 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.
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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, a 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.
The Hunting Lodge
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Stretching across 80 acres, The Hunting Lodge boasts the historic and iconic Hunting Lodge Homestead - the ideal location for your upcoming gala dinner. This Auckland venue adapts to the atmosphere and tone of every event, whether you're hosting a cosy wedding or a cocktail party for hundreds. Choose from their emerald lawns, rustic barn and restaurant when planning your gala dinner. 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.
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Everybody’s is, without a doubt, one of Auckland’s hotspots, boasting close proximity to the trendy nightclub, The Roxy. This restaurant-cum-bar and function space has customisable function menus that can turn any gala dinner into one that you and your guests won't soon forget; the stunning interior design will give your gala dinner the wow factor that every event planner dreams of. When it comes to hosting events, Everybody's is a favourite Auckland venue for its flexibility and endless styling options, guaranteeing a gala dinner that will make a lasting statement.
Ascension Wine Estate
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This award-winning estate and gala dinner venue is found in Matakana, just 45 minutes north of Auckland. Handcrafted wine and inspiring menus are Ascension’s passion, promising you expertly catered menus and beverages throughout your gala dinner. 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 of the hustle and bustle of the city is entirely worth it for the incredible food and atmosphere that Ascension Wine Estate has to offer when hosting your Auckland gala dinner.
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The classic architecture of this stunning church paired with high-tech lighting technology turns this Auckland gala dinner 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 Matthew-in-the-City's has hosted several contemporary events that all went off without a hitch. In hiring this Auckland venue, you will need to consider external catering and beverage services. The team at St Matthew-in-the-City'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.