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The Top 15 Dunedin Meeting Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 23 Jul 2021
Nestled in the much-loved region of Otago, comfortably between the hotspots of Queenstown and Christchurch, Dunedin is a preference amongst locals when it comes to functions. With their unique collection of wildlife and coastal views, the reason is clear. Whether you’re passing through or reaching your journey’s conclusion in Dunedin, their selection of venues for your upcoming meeting spans everything from stunningly-designed libraries to cosy and functional rooms in modern spaces. Be it a decked-out facility that has everything you need and more, or a laidback eatery for you and a handful of coworkers, Dunedin has the meeting venue you’re after. For a more comprehensive list of Dunedin’s venues for hire, click here.
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Proud to be one of the largest multi-use event centres in all of Australasia, Edgar Centre is able to host up to 4,000 guests. This Dunedin meeting venue has an incredible and highly-trained events team on-site to help with the planning and running of your meeting. The Edgar Centre is an events hub that offers many catering options and high-speed WiFi. Their function spaces include the More FM Arena, Main Hall, Harbour View Lounge, House of Travel Lounge, several Arena Lounges and Corporate Suites. The Edgar Centre is an event space that outdoes itself in its malleable nature and sheer size. It has become known all across Dunedin and the greater Otago Region for its event-hosting prowess. 5 minutes from the city centre, Edgar Centre also boasts over 400 car parks for guests’ use. You’ll be in the most professional of hands when you hold your Dunedin meeting at Edgar Centre.
University of Otago
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There’s no better choice to host your meeting than at the University of Otago. New Zealand’s longest-standing university was founded in 1869 and still has many Victorian-style buildings on campus. The University of Otago has a variety of event spaces for rent, equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and plenty of flexible arrangements. With a range of lecture rooms and meeting spaces, you’ll be spoilt for choice. They have an events team who can help you decide which space is most appropriate and available at the time. This Dunedin meeting venue has a range of historic buildings that can also be used for your function, giving it some added historical flair with all the benefits of modern technology.
Dunedin Public Library
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Dunedin Public Library is an essential cornerstone in the city’s history. It functions as a network of 6 libraries and 2 bookbuses. This learning hub offers itself as a meeting venue in the comfort of the library, featuring 4 different spaces to choose from across the locations. Available for partial or exclusive hire, Dunningham Suite includes a breakout room for your convenience, as well as a kitchen for your caterer to set up in. Blueskin Bay Library Meeting Room and Rolfe Room charge by the hour and are both perfect for smaller meetings. The Downes Room is an excellent pick for intimate and intensive meetings. Dunedin Public Library does not charge individuals or groups who are unfunded or provide a community service. Dubbing themselves “A Literary City,” Dunedin Public Library is a wonderful example of a meeting venue that carries the spirit of the city within it.
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A grand space with a multitude of options for meetings and more, Dunedin Centre is at the epicentre of the city. The town hall serves as a flexible and spacious venue, with 4 breakaway rooms, including 2 dressing rooms, a green room, and a choral room backstage. The built-in stage can be extended upon request, with the venue featuring outstanding acoustics and historical touches, such as the barrel-vaulted, coffered ceiling on the ground floor or their symphonic organ built in 1919 (affectionately dubbed ‘Norma’). You can pick between Glenroy Auditorium, Municipal Chambers to host your event. There's a variety of other conference rooms, meeting rooms, lounges and bars to suit your Dunedin meeting. This comprehensive Dunedin meeting venue is 30 minutes from Dunedin Airport, hosting over 200 guests and considered to be one of the architectural masterpieces of the city.
Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
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Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a hop and a skip away from the Octagon. It features floor-to-ceiling windows that give expansive views of Dunedin’s Heritage District, Rimu floors, and so much more in their many function spaces. Choose between Josephine Foyer, Auditorium, NZR Foyer, Social Hall and NZR Lounge. Each space is full of personality, standing as sleek and modern meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 515 guests. Depending on the nature of your meeting, you have access to state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. Surrounded by stunning art deco design, or taking in fascinating exhibitions from New Zealand’s past, the choice is yours. 29km from Dunedin Airport, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a malleable and fun meeting venue with unlimited access to fountains of information and avenues of learning, as well as tours, displays and more. This Dunedin meeting venue will make your function unforgettable.
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A treat to you and your guests, Lan Yuan is Dunedin’s revered Chinese Garden, situated in the middle of the city and designed by a team of artists from Shanghai. Full of character, this Dunedin meeting venue features hand-made wooden buildings, tiles, bricks, lattice-work and hand-finished granite paving stones. Unique and stunning, this space is perfect for more relaxed and open meetings of varying sizes, accommodating anywhere from 10 to 100 guests. Lan Yuan’s spaces include the Courtyard, Tower Room and Tea House, available for exclusive hire after hours. They bring you intimacy and privacy in a gorgeous setting, with a traditional, high garden wall that encloses you and your guests in a bubble of seclusion - perfect for working out details and more at your Dunedin meeting.
Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge
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Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge is a go-to choice for meeting venues in Dunedin. Flexible, well-equipped and convenient, this meeting venue is settled right beside the Dunedin Botanic Gardens and just moments from The Univesity of Otago. With 76 guest rooms, complimentary parking and on-site catering options, Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge is a hotel that is designed to make your Dunedin meeting run as smoothly as possible. Their spaces include the McGavin Room, Oast House and Executive Suite, hosting anywhere from 8 to 109 guests. Offering full-service conference and meeting packages for your ease, Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge is a Dunedin meeting venue that will ensure your work is all you focus on.
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The epitome of convenience, Dunedin Airport is here to make your Dunedin meetings easy-breezy. Sporting a spacious and light-filled conference centre, their dedicated spaces are suitable for a number of functions - including your Dunedin meeting. Adjacent to Dunedin Airport’s Koru Lounge, this meeting venue offers views of the Maungatua Range, the Taieri Plains and airport life. Their options include The Maungatua Room, Maungatua Tahi and Maungatua Rua, The Flagstaff Room, as well as Waitaha Tahi and Waitaha Rua. With catering provided as needed, from tailored menus to canapés, Dunedin Airport can accommodate up to 50 guests at your meeting. All of their spaces include meeting necessities, such as conference phones, data projectors, whiteboards and other audiovisual equipment.
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
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Distinction Dunedin Hotel was once a chief post office from the 1930s, now transformed into a hotel that hosts events of every kind, such as your upcoming Dunedin meeting. Luxurious and attentive, this 4.5-star hotel offers 6 spaces to choose from when planning your Dunedin meeting. Accommodating up to 155 guests, it boasts 121 suites and studio rooms, a dedicated events team, on-site catering options, audiovisual equipment and assistance, complimentary WiFi, and so much more. Distinction Dunedin Hotel wants to ensure the success of your Dunedin meeting, committing themselves to your function from start to finish. Entirely Kiwi-owned, you can rest assured that your Dunedin meeting is in hospitable hands.