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Waiheke Venues for Hire - The Complete Guide
by Raashka Mannie | 29 Apr 2021
Nestled in the Hauraki Gulf of Auckland is the famed Waiheke Island, known far and wide for its rolling vineyards, sandy beaches and olive groves - as well as its selection of premium venues. Waiheke is one of those destinations that invariably lends an air of easygoing elegance to every function it caters to, combining their welcoming charm with touches of luxury to result in an event that is as fabulous as it is fun. Most often looked to for celebrations, such as weddings, cocktail parties, product launches and more, Waiheke also provides versatile venues for conferences, seminars and other corporate events, making it a wonderful choice for your upcoming event.
Cable Bay Vineyards
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Surround yourself with vineyard views, olive trees and spectacular shots of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland City at Cable Bay Vineyards. This Waiheke venue sits hillside on the west coast of Waiheke Island. Cable Bay Vineyards has been making award-winning wines for years and is experienced in the art of fine cuisine. They boast a dedicated events manager who will assist you with the complete planning and running of your event from start to finish, happy to help with organising everything from transport to entertainment. Cable Bay Vineyards features 3 spaces for hire for your upcoming Waiheke event, including The Bistro, The Wine Library and The Motukaha Room, accommodating anywhere from 16 to 120 guests. They play host to meetings, seminars, cocktail functions, weddings and more, with a keen eye for detail and a knack for creating memories.
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The epitome of luxury and comfort, Delamore Lodge stands proud on the cliffs overlooking Owhanake Bay. Their first-class service and delicious cuisine are combined to create the perfect setting for your function. The premium facilities and experienced and attentive staff at Delamore Lodge will ensure that you have an incredible time no matter the event. Delamore Lodge is suited for cocktail parties, weddings, conferences and more. Whether you're after an intimate gathering or a slightly bigger affair, Delamore Lodge can comfortably host up to 80 guests. Their experienced team are experts at organising perfect Waiheke events, so rest assured you are in good hands. Make your day 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. Delamore Lodge is a Waiheke venue that offers only the best backdrop, service and accommodation for your corporate or personal event.
Wild on Waiheke
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The home of Wild Estate Vineyard & Restaurant and Waiheke Island Brewery, Wild on Waiheke invites you to host your event at their stunning venue. Essentially an extensive and well-designed garden that doubles a space to host laidback functions, this Waiheke venue knows how to make cocktail nights, seminars, team-building days and more exciting. Choose between their Cellar Door, Vineyard and Brewery for your Waiheke event, 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 relaxed venue, you can expect everything from archery to clay bird shooting. Wild on Waiheke is no stranger to event hosting and has a variety of function packages for you to choose from, catering for all your corporate and personal event requirements.
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A stunning vineyard set on 7.7 hectares of emerald hills and picturesque vineyards, Poderi Crisci is a Waiheke venue that outdoes itself. The family-owned vineyard and restaurant is Italian infused, featuring beautiful old buildings covered with flourishing vines and greenery. The family has a passion for traditional winemaking and have been producing the Poderi Crisci range since the 90s. They have a variety of spaces to host your upcoming function. The main restaurant is a rustic and Tuscan-inspired building that can host 60 seated or 100 in cocktail-style; the wine cellar is a great winter option, moody and romantic and can host 50 seated or 70 standing. The cellar roof is their most significant space and can host up to 100 seated guests. Poderi Crisci is a Waiheke venue that boasts a team of experienced event managers, here to make hosting your seminar, meeting, cocktail party or more a dream.
Te Whau Lodge
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Looking for a cosy Waiheke venue? Te Whau Lodge is a tranquil and intimate venue that checks every box, surrounded by native bush and the sound of New Zealand bird songs. This Waiheke venue and boutique lodge specialises in smaller functions and gatherings of up to 35 guests, making it the ideal choice for smaller conferences, meetings and team-building events. The sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf and dense native bush will frame your function in style. Their versatile venue offers panoramic views from their sun-drenched deck, with so much space to mingle and connect with your guests. Your Waiheke event will be crafted with the utmost attention to detail by their experienced staff. With on-site accommodation and catering options at Te Whau Lodge, you can rest assured that your Waiheke function will be one to remember.
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Step into an award-winning winery and restaurant sitting pretty upon the west-facing hills of Waiheke Island, otherwise known as Mudbrick. This popular vineyard and Waiheke venue look over the Auckland Harbour and sprawling cityscape of the city. 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 event; Mudbrick is internationally recognised for its excellent dining and wining. They have a dedicated functions team who will take the organisation into their own hands, whether you’re planning a product launch or a conference 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 event for the ages.
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Casita Miro is a vineyard and restaurant venue infused with Spanish and Mediterranean culture. This Waiheke venue is known for its beautiful location on the island, as well as its high-quality wine and dining experience. Part of your function package is the exclusive use of their restaurant and grounds, so you can plan at your will when organising your event. Casita Miro has a dedicated space for your hire, their main restaurant, with floods of natural light and plenty of open air. When it comes to catering, this Waiheke venue has everything covered: their menu is crafted from only the finest, freshest products and sourcing locally where possible. Straight from Waiheke Island, you will find eggs, herbs, salad leaves, olive oil, vegetables, line-caught fish, oysters to complement their wide selection of wines. Casita Miro hosts up to 80 guests, making it the ideal choice for intimate to moderately-sized functions. Their events team are competent and have great contacts around the island, making planning and running your Waiheke event a dream.
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Tantalus Estate is a tantalising Waiheke venue located in the heart of the island’s wine-growing country. They are masters of intricate Bordeaux-style red wines. Tantalus Estate is in the Onetangi Valley and spans 5.3 hectares of vineyards, a winery, a craft brewery and a restaurant. The setting for your event, should you choose an outdoor option, is accompanied by native trees, an olive grove, macadamia trees and an apiary. You can choose to host your function on the Northern Lawn surrounded by wildflowers or on the Northern Deck overlooking the native wetlands. This Waiheke venue’s restaurant area can play host to wonderful luncheons, dinners and more. The indoor-outdoor flow from the vineyard to the main restaurant brings a seamless transition for guests. Tantalus Estate brings you so many options when planning your Waiheke function, alongside bespoke catering and impeccable service.
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Waiheke’s Mediterranean-style vineyard, Stonyridge, is situated between the undulating hills of a vineyard on the island, serving as a fantastic location for cocktail parties, dinners, conferences and more. The vineyard started growing its first crop in 1982 for a Bordeaux style red wine. Since then, they have only expanded, growing into an internationally recognised and award-winning vineyard. Stonyridge's spaces reflect this European influence, with a large café, dubbed the Veranda Café, overlooking the vineyard, as well as the option of a quainter and private marquee, with the choice of exclusive hire for something more personal. They host a small number of functions each year to preserve the uniqueness of their venue, accommodating up to 120 guests. You’re treated to mouth-watering catering, friendly service and a dedicated team when you host your Waiheke event at Stonyridge.
Passage Rock Winery
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Resting on the eastern end of Waiheke Island and surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards, Passage Rock Winery is undoubtedly one of the island’s favourite wineries. Passage Rock Winery was established in 1993 and now produces 14 varieties of wine. Their vineyard is the perfect setting for your function, hosting up to 100 guests in a trio of spaces: the Bistro, Sheltered Outdoor Area or Cellar Door. The experienced chefs at this Waiheke venue will craft a personalised menu just for you. Passage Rock Winery has over 20 years of experience in the events industry on Waiheke Island and can assist in all areas, from theming and styling to catering and entertainment. If you're after an extraordinary Waiheke event, then look no further than this malleable venue for all your function’s needs.
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One of the island’s favourite restaurants, Oyster Inn, is, fortunately, available for hire as a venue too. 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 dinner, luncheon, cocktail evening or more. 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.
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Rustically yours, Batch Winery is a Waiheke venue with 5 options for you to choose from, including The Greenhouse, Hedge, Dining Pavilion, Veranda and Tank Room inside the state-of-the-art winery, accommodating up to 112 guests. This stunning Waiheke venue is as flexible as it gets, allowing for both partial or exclusive hire, as well as full use of their sprawling lawns for marquees, outdoor games, photography and more. When it comes to catering, you’ve got all the menu choices you could want and more, from decadent courses of gourmet cuisine to grazing platters and their signature high tea. Batch Winery is all about providing as comprehensive an experience as possible when it comes to your Waiheke event, including plenty of parking and audiovisual supplies for on-site conferences, seminars, meetings and other corporate functions.
Waiheke Island Resort
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Waiheke’s go-to conference and corporate venue, Waiheke Island Resort, has it all when it comes to events. Sporting newly-renovated spaces, on-site accommodation, complimentary WiFi, bespoke catering, top-notch audiovisual facilities and more, this Waiheke venue is well-established as the island’s premium corporate venue. Waiheke Island Resort offers a series of rooms for your Waiheke event, including The Board Room, Bay Room, Palm Room and Palm Deck, Mawhitipana Room and Restaurant, hosting up to 150 delegates. With a dedicated events management team, you can be sure you’re getting the best of the best when it comes to this Waiheke venue, committed to delivering seamless corporate functions every step of the way.
Man O’ War
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Man O' War is a hidden gem found at the eastern end of Waiheke, ideal for exclusive functions. The 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 with your coworkers, suitable for up to 100 guests. Man O' War Bay provides an unforgettable backdrop, with services to create a day you and your guests will always remember. Their experienced team will ensure that your function goes off without a hitch, organising everything from transport to menu. If you wish it, you can even arrive via the sea, directly to Man O’ War’s doorstep for a touch of something posh.
Kauri Springs Lodge
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Brimming with beauty, Kauri Springs Lodge is set in verdant subtropical gardens and serves as a multipurpose venue for events of every kind. When it comes to hosting functions, 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. Each of these spaces has 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 function, while the experienced team at Kauri Springs Lodge takes care of everything else.
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If you’re after an outdoors event space in Waiheke, Rangihoua Estate has the solution for you. Boasting a large, private garden area for cocktail parties and other events, this Waiheke venue is bordered by native plants and bush, including nikau palm trees, punga ferns, manuka, kanuka and more. With the olive grove and trees acting as a barrier, this secluded space on Rangihoua Estate turns into a dreamy location for any Waiheke function. They’re already home to the Flamingo Pier festival and Waiheke International Jazz Festival due to their flexible space and emerald surroundings. Rangihoua Estate has won a number of awards over the years for their incredible olive oils, all of which is available at their on-site store, so your guests can take a bottle of gold home with them after your amazing function.
Waiheke Waterfront Lodge
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As cosy as can be, Waiheke Waterfront Lodge is the island’s ultimate bed and breakfast venue. Family-owned and -operated, this Waiheke venue is all about a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a healthy dose of Kiwi hospitality. Just a 15-minute stroll from the shopping district, plenty of restaurants and more, Waiheke Waterfront Lodge is an ideally located venue for smaller conferences, meetings and other events. They host intimate Waiheke events, with catering options for the morning (as they’re breakfast specialists), on-site accommodation and audiovisual supplies for your corporate event. If you’re after team building activities, there’s so much to experience through this Waiheke venue, including horse trekking, kayaking, fishing, eco zip tours, winery and vineyard visits, and so much more.
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There’s a stylish venue, and then there’s Goldie Estate. Their boutique vineyard setting is a testament to the best parts of Waiheke, nestled on the western side of the island. This Waiheke venue is tucked away among 30 acres of native bush, featuring 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 function. They offer all-inclusive packages, so you don't have to lift a finger. Their menu is crafted with only the finest, freshest and local produce. When it comes to events, this Waiheke venue is an old hat and knows exactly how to make things especially magical.
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Welcome to Te Motu’s best-kept secret: The Shed. This award-winning restaurant doubles as a Waiheke venue that you can host your dinner, luncheon or more 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 function 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.
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Peacock Sky is a small and boutique family-run vineyard on Waiheke. They have a passion for tasty cuisine and the wine to match so you can be guaranteed an enjoyable dining experience at your Waiheke event. They have a function space on top of the hills, which looks over the vineyard, Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto and Auckland city. They even offer a chauffeur tractor service if you're after an authentic country feel. For small groups of up to 50, this Waiheke venue has a covered restaurant space. If you have a large group or would prefer the fresh air, their outdoor terrace can transform into a dining space for up to 100. Peacock Sky is a Waiheke venue that has a talent for hosting private events in elegant fashion, with a dedicated events team that caters to everything, from tailored menus to transport, guaranteeing a function that runs like silk.