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The Greatest Waiheke Gala Dinner Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 16 Jul 2021
Waiheke Island is one of the most beautiful islands in New Zealand. The island has a rich history and is home to some of the best gala dinner venues in Auckland. With so many corporate events to organise, it's fortunate that there are tons of superb venues to choose from. There is no one size fits all approach - it depends on your needs and budget. On Waiheke Island, we have 15 different options for you to choose from, including vineyards, private estates, hotels and conference centres. For our complete guide to Waiheke venues, click here.
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One of the island's favourite restaurants, Oyster Inn, is available for hire as a venue for your gala dinner. With seaside views and fresh air, this Waiheke venue hosts up to 90 guests with two spaces to choose from: The Pearl Room, which offers something more intimate, or Main Dining Room that can accommodate open celebrations. With mouth-watering menus put together by chef Josh Emett at this Waiheke venue, it's the perfect place for your gala dinner. Its central location and relaxed ambience make Oyster Inn one of the island's most outstanding gala dinner venues, bringing you lavish meals and warm service.
Wild on Waiheke
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Wild on Waiheke is the perfect venue to host your Waiheke gala dinner. Located at one of Auckland's premier wine regions, it offers spaces that can hold anywhere from 19 to 100 guests. You'll enjoy sumptuous catering options and plenty of natural light with this incredible venue. Choose between their Cellar Door, Vineyard and Brewery for your gala dinner. If you want to add in some extra excitement, Wild on Waiheke has a variety of activities at their lush venue. As a more relaxed space, this Waiheke venue is sure to lend your gala dinner a unique vibe that your guests will love.
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Stroll into the award-winning Mudbrick Winery and Restaurant. This is a breathtaking vineyard venue that is set on top of West-facing hills in Waiheke Island. Here you will find nothing but delicious food and wine to help with your event needs. They have been internationally recognised for their excellent wining and dining, so where better to host your Waiheke gala dinner? You pick where you want to create your event, and their dedicated team will take care of everything else. They boast a team capable of handling big events of up to 200 guests and small affairs in their boutique lodges. This Waiheke venue offers different spaces for your gala dinner, so the only limit is your imagination!
Man O' War
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Sitting at the eastern end of Waiheke and ideal for exclusive gala dinners, Man O' War is a stunning venue. This Waiheke venue rests 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. Take in serene views from the waterfront lawn as you sip on champagne at your Waiheke gala dinner. Afterwards, step into this Waiheke venue's bistro to enjoy your gala dinner of up to 100 guests. Their experienced team will ensure that your gala dinner goes precisely as planned, 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 special.
Kauri Springs Lodge
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Kauri Springs Lodge is an idyllic venue for any occasion, including your gala dinner. They have a stunning variety of event packages to suit your every need and will work tirelessly with you to make sure that your function is flawless. Kauri Springs Lodge is a Waiheke venue that offers privacy, luxury and natural light in an elegant setting. The function spaces are also varied with unique attributes like stone fireplaces, skylights or polished concrete floors to accommodate your gala dinner. When you're working with Kauri Springs Lodge's experienced team, they plan all the details out. Your gala dinner will have it all, from a handcrafted menu to unparalleled service.
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For those seeking a one of a kind venue with some soul and spirit to it for their gala dinner, Goldie Estate is the answer. Set on 30 acres and surrounded by native bushland with Putiki Bay views, this boutique Waiheke venue has something that will speak to every event planner. The gala dinner venue features several different spaces, from intimate dining areas to large function rooms for up to 250 guests. Their renowned events team has been making event dreams come true for years. They offer all-inclusive packages, so you don't have to lift a finger, and their menu is crafted with only the finest, freshest ingredients on hand. When it comes to planning your next gala dinner in Waiheke, there's no one better than Goldie Estate.
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The Shed is Te Motu's best-kept secret, but with several awards under their belt, it may be time to share. Located in a rustic shed and surrounded by fresh produce from their garden, The Shed serves up contemporary dishes packed with flavour. Enjoy one of Waiheke's best restaurants at this destination venue. The well-crafted menu will delight not only you but also all your lucky guests. This sustainable Waiheke venue makes planning easy with their events team, taking care of the details while you bask in the sunshine. Their ethical and eco-friendly practices make them one of Waiheke's favoured venues and will only add a new level of 'cool' to your gala dinner.