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Wellington Venues - The Complete Guide

by Raashka Mannie | 11 Jul 2019

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, plays host to some of the most gorgeous and sophisticated venues in New Zealand. From tastefully designed art museums to grand opera houses, Wellington has venues that steal breath in their grandeur. With its waterfront promenade and ocean views, Wellington remains a prime choice for top venues in New Zealand. Below is a complete list of the finest venues in Wellington.


Te Papa - Te Marae

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Te Marae is a powerful work of contemporary architecture and art. Like all marae, it tells a story of identity. Te Marae in Te Papa stands out because it acknowledges the many cultures that live in Aotearoa, and showcases the bi-cultural identity of the museum itself. Your guests can enjoy a seated gala dinner, or a standing cocktail night, surrounded by Maori inspired art. At the front of the room is the pièce de résistance, Te Marae. Seating 200 people in a gala-style dinner setup, the room boasts, stunning lighting design and spectacular views of Wellington.


Michael Fowler Centre

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Award-winning architecture and a prime location, Michael Fowler Centre is a sophisticated luxury venue for your next Wellington event. The centre has a three-story glass facade, and the interior is comprised of Italian marble and native timber. Michael Fowler centre is also a cultural hub for many Wellingtonians as it functions as the home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Two of their unique event spaces are the Renouf Foyer and the Lion Harbourview Lounge. The Renouf Foyer boasts plenty of natural light, a sophisticated-looking hardwood floor, and space for up to 300 seated guests. The Lion Harbourview lounge boasts (as expected from its name) beautiful views over the Wellington harbour. It also has floor-to-ceiling windows to enhance that view and create a consistent flow of natural light.


The Opera House

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Host an event on stage in one of Wellington’s oldest and most extravagant buildings, The Opera House. The massive dome ceiling and the raked stage will have you feeling like you’ve travelled back in time. This setting is perfect for all events, leanding an air of extravagance that will blow your guests away. The stage space is only suitable for about 130 seated guests, so some events might not fit, but if your guest list is anywhere up to 130, then this venue should be very high up on your priorities.


Shed 6 (TSB Auditorium)

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With its pillarless floor and soundproof walls, Shed 6 is entirely versatile. You can arrange tables in a multitude of ways because the vast open space has next to no obstructions. Shed 6 also boasts the latest in audio-visual technology. As the home of the annual WOW Arts Show (World of Wearable Arts Show), it needs to be continually ahead of the game in lighting and sound display. Shed 6 is a part of a trio of venues that include TSB Auditorium, TSB Arcade, and TSB Arena. The latter is Wellington’s largest indoor event space and can host over 1000 people in a seated banquet setting.


Academy Galleries

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A modern and minimalist contemporary art showroom, Academy Galleries is the perfect place to hold a classy, intimate evening. With art regularly on display, you don't need to worry about decoration. The central location is easy to get to for Wellingtonians and tourists alike. Depending on your event type, you can expect Academy Galleries to be suitable for groups up to 100. If you want an event with an ambience that promotes thought-provoking discussion, then Academy Galleries should be your top choice.

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