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Top 15 Waiheke Cocktail Party Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 16 Jul 2021
If you’re going to be raising a glass, you should do it in style - and let’s make sure it’s a glass of some of the finest wines in the country while we’re at it. Waiheke Island promises you all of this and more when you’re planning your next cocktail party. There’s no better location for a celebration than a dreamy, sun-soaked island, trimmed with sandy beaches, aquamarine waters and luxe venues that know how to make all functions sing. Waiheke is one of the country’s best locations for cocktail parties with good reason, offering superb service, tailored menus, fabulous drinks, and so much more. For our complete guide to Waiheke’s venues for hire, click here.
Wild on Waiheke
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Find yourself at the home of Wild Estate Vineyard & Restaurant and Waiheke Island Brewery, otherwise known as Wild on Waiheke. This cocktail party venue invites you to host your Waiheke event at their stunning yet laidback venue, ideal for an elegant soirée with a chill edge. Essentially an extensive and well-designed garden that doubles a space to host all kinds of functions, this Waiheke venue knows how to make your cocktail party a true hit. Choose between their Cellar Door, Vineyard and Brewery for your Waiheke cocktail party, with the spaces holding anywhere from 19 to 100 guests. Wild on Waiheke offers sumptuous catering options, on-site parking and plenty of natural light. When it comes to activities at this comprehensive venue, you can expect everything from archery to clay bird shooting. Wild on Waiheke boasts a variety of packages to pick between as you plan your cocktail party, customising them to your liking to result in an event that takes your breath away.
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If you want to go with one of the island’s most well-known and -loved venues, why not choose Mudbrick? Swing by this award-winning winery and restaurant, located on the west-facing hills of Waiheke Island. This cocktail party venue looks over the Auckland Harbour and sprawling cityscape, offering glamour and natural beauty in spades. Their buildings are constructed of hand-hewn mudbrick, lending it a characterful and timeless appeal. You'll receive nothing but the best food and wine when planning your cocktail event; Mudbrick is internationally recognised for its excellent dining and wining. They have a dedicated functions team who will take the organisation of your Waiheke cocktail party into their own hands, catering for up to 200 guests. This Waiheke venue features boutique accommodation options, team-building activities, unparalleled views and much more. Choose between a selection of their spaces, from their warm Dining Room to their beloved Lodge, and host a Waiheke cocktail party like none other.
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Enhance your intimate cocktail party experience at Delamore Lodge, the pinnacle of luxury and comfort as it stands elegantly on the cliffs overlooking Owhanake Bay. Their first-class service and delicious cuisine are combined to create a faultless setting for your Waiheke cocktail party. The premium facilities and experienced and attentive staff at Delamore Lodge will guarantee that you have an incredible time at your cocktail event, helping you to take care of everything from styling to accommodation. Whether you're after an intimate gathering or a slightly bigger function, Delamore Lodge can comfortably host up to 80 guests. Their seasoned events team are experts at putting together the perfect Waiheke cocktail party, so you can rest easy and sip on local wines all night long. You can make your event even more memorable with a stay in their sought-after suites or indulge in fine dining and their day spa for some rest and recovery after the big event.
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You can get cosy at Oyster Inn, one of the island’s favourite restaurants that is, luckily, available for hire for your upcoming Waiheke cocktail party. Offering seaside views, fresh air and a menu like none other, this Waiheke venue hosts up to 90 guests with a duo of spaces to choose from: The Pearl Room, for something more intimate, and Main Dining Room for open celebrations. Oyster Inn chef and owner Josh Emett has carefully put together a mouth-watering menu to ensure that only the very best is offered at this Waiheke venue; it’s the perfect place to host your cocktail party and celebrate in quiet style. With its central location and relaxed ambience, this Waiheke venue makes its mark as one of the island’s most outstanding restaurant venues, bringing you lavish meals and warm service, elevating your cocktail night to new heights.
Man O’ War
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One of Waiheke’s hidden gems found at the eastern end of the island, Man O’ War, is a go-to venue for functions that want a little added privacy. This Waiheke venue sits on Man O' War Bay, a private beach that backs into the open dining area. The idyllic setting is home to 150 acres of vines first planted in 1933. Drink in serene views from the waterfront lawn as you sip on champagne at your Waiheke cocktail party, or step into this Waiheke venue’s bistro to enjoy a seated dinner, suitable for up to 100 guests. Man O' War Bay provides an unforgettable backdrop, with service to create a day you and your guests will always remember. Their experienced team will ensure that your cocktail party goes off without a hitch, organising everything from transport to the menu. If you wish it, you can even arrive via the sea, directly to Man O’ War’s doorstep for a touch of something extra posh. Now there’s something your guests won’t soon forget, right?
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Goldie Estate awards you with a boutique vineyard, a celebration of all the best parts of Waiheke, nestled on the western side of the island. This Waiheke cocktail party venue is tucked away among 30 acres of native bush, sporting Pohutukawa trees and views overlooking Putiki Bay. They have a range of spectacular spaces that can cater for small or large functions for up to 250 guests. You'll be spoilt with gourmet food, fine wines, superior service and more as the events team helps create, organise and run your Waiheke cocktail party. They offer all-inclusive packages, so you don't have to lift a finger, with a menu that is crafted with only the finest and freshest local produce. When it comes to hosting cocktail parties, this Waiheke venue is an old hat and will make things especially spectacular for you and your guests.
Kauri Springs Lodge
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Found in verdant subtropical gardens and serving as a multipurpose venue for events of every kind is Kauri Springs Lodge. When it comes to hosting cocktail parties, this Waiheke venue pulls out all the stops: tailored event packages, delicious catering options, event management and support, audiovisual hire and assistance, on-site accommodation, and so much more. Kauri Springs Lodge is secluded, elegant and filled with natural light; its function spaces are much the same, including the Atrium, Solarium, Pavilion, Lodge House Lounge, Garden Bar, Garden Terrace and Front Terrace. These spaces have unique attributes, from stone fireplaces and skylights to sound insulation and polished concrete floors. You select the space that best fits the nature of your event, while Kauri Springs Lodge takes care of the rest, stitching together a Waiheke cocktail party of your dreams.
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Step into Te Motu’s best-kept secret: The Shed. This award-winning restaurant doubles as a Waiheke venue that you can host a cocktail party at, all in a rustic shed that sets the tone for excellence. The Shed at Te Motu mixes shed dining with rural roots, resulting in a blend that is unmatched by any other restaurant on the island. They serve up their award-winning wines, fresh produce from their own gardens and contemporary meals packed with flavour. This Waiheke venue invites you to have your intimate cocktail party indoors or outdoors, inspired by their green surroundings and the carefully crafted menu that will delight you and your guests. The Shed at Te Motu believes in sustainability and ethical practices, making it one of Waiheke’s most revered vineyards. Don’t hesitate to step into their Cellar Door to learn more and make your cocktail night all the more memorable.