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Waiheke Venues for Hire - The Complete Guide
by Raashka Mannie | 16 Jul 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.
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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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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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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.
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.