Gala dinner

​​​​Impress your guests with a spectacular dinner setting

​Gala dinners are often the most eagerly anticipated event on a conference programme and it’s important to choose the right venue to match expectations and achieve your vision.

We offer a diverse range of venues suitable for gala dinners. For a truly exclusive experience consider dining on the stage of The Civic. If an elegant dinner setting is what your require chose from the beautiful Auckland Town Hall, Auckland Art Gallery or ANZ Viaduct Events Centre – Auckland’s largest premium banquet venue with capacity for 1200 guests. Or perhaps for a rustic and unique dining experience treat your guests to dinner in the Lion Viewing Shelter at Auckland Zoo where they can marvel at the kings of the jungle.

Food and beverage are an integral component of a successful gala dinner. Our gourmet caterers will develop a menu to suit your budget and will treat your guests to a culinary experience that won’t be forgotten.

Our technical services team are experts in their field and will work with you to turn your technical vision into reality. With their indepth experience of our venues they will ensure that your function runs without a hitch. ​

Suggested rooms for this event

ANZ Viaduct Events Centre

Waiheke

Capacity 130 - 2200 Size 2245m2

2200

Theatre

2200

1200

Classroom

1200

1200

Banquet

1200

2200

Cocktail

2200

130

Exhibition

130

2245

Size

2245m2

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Waiheke

At 2245m² this is central Auckland's largest banquet space. With 12m high ceilings and glass walls looking out across the Waitemata Harbour, the Waiheke Room provides a dramatic setting for events day or night.

Rangitoto 1

Capacity 96 - 240 Size 192m2

180

Theatre

180

96

Classroom

96

120

Banquet

120

240

Cocktail

240

-

Exhibition

-

192

Size

192m2

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Rangitoto 1

The largest of the Rangitoto rooms, this space can seat up to 180 theatre style. It has its own balcony for indoor-outdoor flow and floor to ceiling windows that enjoy stunning views of the harbour.

Rangitoto 2

Capacity 40 - 90 Size 74m2

70

Theatre

70

40

Classroom

40

50

Banquet

50

90

Cocktail

90

-

Exhibition

-

74

Size

74m2

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Rangitoto 2

With a private balcony to make the most of the stunning waterfront location, Rangitoto 2 is ideal for smaller meetings and celebrations.

Rangitoto 3

Capacity 40 - 85 Size 72m2

70

Theatre

70

40

Classroom

40

50

Banquet

50

85

Cocktail

85

-

Exhibition

-

72

Size

72m2

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Rangitoto 3

As well as being the perfect venue for small dinners, meetings or cocktails, Rangitoto 3 can also be used in conjunction with other spaces at ANZ Viaduct Events Centre for multi-room functions.

Kawau 1

Capacity 30 - 700 Size 570m2

570

Theatre

570

375

Classroom

375

380

Banquet

380

700

Cocktail

700

30

Exhibition

30

570

Size

570m2

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Kawau 1

On the top floor of ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, this 570m² room is an impressive venue for any event. With views stretching out to the Viaduct Basin, along the waterfront and towards the city, the setting is stunning.

Kawau 2

Capacity 48 - 100 Size 88m2

70

Theatre

70

48

Classroom

48

50

Banquet

50

100

Cocktail

100

-

Exhibition

-

88

Size

88m2

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Kawau 2

This private, intimate room includes its own private balcony overlooking the restaurants and walkways of Wynyard Quarter. At 88m² it works well as a self-contained room or as a breakout space for a larger events.

Rakino

Capacity 100 - 120 Size 192m2

120

Theatre

120

100

Classroom

100

100

Banquet

100

120

Cocktail

120

-

Exhibition

-

192

Size

192m2

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Rakino

We are proud to share our new, purpose-built intimate venue space at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre. With panoramic views of the stunning city night lights and the Auckland Viaduct, this venue provides a unique backdrop for hosting cocktail parties, VIP functions, weddings and corporate events.

Aotea Centre

Lower NZI

Capacity 42 - 1000 Size 909m2

775

Theatre

775

376

Classroom

376

580

Banquet

580

1000

Cocktail

1000

42

Exhibition

42

909

Size

909m2

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Lower NZI

Lower NZI is an incredibly flexible space offering four different configuration options. Each option creates a contemporary space perfect for hosting cocktails, banquets, classroom or theatre style events.

Upper NZI

Capacity 26 - 450 Size 518m2

350

Theatre

350

264

Classroom

264

300

Banquet

300

450

Cocktail

450

26

Exhibition

26

518

Size

518m2

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Upper NZI

Large windows and city views add to the contemporary feel of the Upper NZI. The 518m2​​ area can be used in its entirety or divided into three separate spaces each with excellent soundproofing and superb technical facilities.

Limelight

Capacity 12 - 250 Size 318m2

215

Theatre

215

112

Classroom

112

160

Banquet

160

250

Cocktail

250

12

Exhibition

12

318

Size

318m2

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Limelight

Another versatile space within Aotea Centre, Limelight can be used in its entirety, or divided into two separate rooms.

Goodman Fielder Room

Capacity 60 - 110 Size 180m2

110

Theatre

110

60

Classroom

60

90

Banquet

90

100

Cocktail

100

-

Exhibition

-

180

Size

180m2

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Goodman Fielder Room

With floor to ceiling windows, and a balcony over-looking Aotea Square, this room is a favourite for day meetings, conference break-out sessions and intimate celebrations.

Owens Foyer

Capacity 25 - 800 Size 800m2

-

Theatre

-

-

Classroom

-

300

Banquet

300

800

Cocktail

800

25

Exhibition

25

800

Size

800m2

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Owens Foyer

This large foyer combines natural daylight and modern lighting to create an 800m2 space suitable for a range of events.

BNZ Foyer

Capacity 35 - 600 Size 460m2

-

Theatre

-

-

Classroom

-

250

Banquet

250

600

Cocktail

600

35

Exhibition

35

460

Size

460m2

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BNZ Foyer

Floor to ceiling glass windows and stunning white marble flooring creates a beautiful, contemporary feel to the BNZ Foyer. This clean, bright space of 460m²​ is multi-functional.

Air New Zealand Foyer

Capacity 50 - 1000 Size 1100m2

-

Theatre

-

-

Classroom

-

450

Banquet

450

1000

Cocktail

1000

50

Exhibition

50

1100

Size

1100m2

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Air New Zealand Foyer

Located on the top level of Aotea Centre, the Air New Zealand Foyer is bathed in natural light and offers sweeping city views.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

North Atrium

Capacity 180 - 350 Size 240m2

200

Theatre

200

-

Classroom

-

180

Banquet

180

350

Cocktail

350

-

Exhibition

-

240

Size

240m2

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North Atrium

Celebrate under the Kauri canopy of the North Atrium. Take advantage of the dramatic proportions of this flexible, 240 sqm space.

Mackelvie Gallery

Capacity 100 - 200 Size 168m2

100

Theatre

100

-

Classroom

-

120

Banquet

120

200

Cocktail

200

-

Exhibition

-

168

Size

168m2

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Mackelvie Gallery

Discover the grand proportions of the 19th-century Mackelvie Gallery, as you celebrate among the splendour of this recently restored space.

Lower Grey Gallery

Capacity 100 - 150 Size 150m2

100

Theatre

100

-

Classroom

-

100

Banquet

100

150

Cocktail

150

-

Exhibition

-

150

Size

150m2

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Lower Grey Gallery

Introduce your guests to the Lower Grey Gallery, located in the original heritage portion of the venue. It is characterised by decorative columns, a corniced ceiling and pale wooden floors.

East Terrace

Capacity 300 - 300 Size 325m2

-

Theatre

-

-

Classroom

-

-

Banquet

-

300

Cocktail

300

-

Exhibition

-

325

Size

325m2

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East Terrace

The East Terrace offers an expanse of open space that looks out from the Gallery's rooftop through ancient pōhutukawa trees to the lawns and band rotunda in Albert Park.

Auckland Town Hall

Great Hall

Capacity 40 - 1600 Size 550m2

1529

Theatre

1529

400

Classroom

400

450

Banquet

450

1600

Cocktail

1600

40

Exhibition

40

550

Size

550m2

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Great Hall

This large and versatile venue is an elegant space perfect for cocktails, dinners, graduations and exhibitions.

Concert Chamber

Capacity 20 - 431 Size 275m2

431

Theatre

431

160

Classroom

160

200

Banquet

200

300

Cocktail

300

20

Exhibition

20

275

Size

275m2

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Concert Chamber

For an intimate feel, the Concert Chamber is a beautiful setting for banquets and cocktail parties.

Auckland Zoo

Old Elephant House

Capacity 64 - 200 Size 170m2

120

Theatre

120

64

Classroom

64

120

Banquet

120

200

Cocktail

200

-

Exhibition

-

170

Size

170m2

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Old Elephant House

The Old Elephant House will be closed for refurbishment from 24 December 2016, until further notice. Once home to the Zoo's elephants, the Old Elephant House is now an iconic indoor venue, suitable for everything from conferences to wedding receptions, cocktail parties, photo exhibitions or seated dinners.

Lion Viewing Shelter

Capacity 60 - 80 Size 67m2

-

Theatre

-

-

Classroom

-

60

Banquet

60

80

Cocktail

80

-

Exhibition

-

67

Size

67m2

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Lion Viewing Shelter

A popular semi-outdoor venue, the Lion Viewing Shelter will give your guests an extraordinary view of Pridelands.

Band Rotunda

Capacity 40 - 50 Size 85m2

50

Theatre

50

-

Classroom

-

40

Banquet

40

50

Cocktail

50

-

Exhibition

-

85

Size

85m2

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Band Rotunda

The historic Band Rotunda is our iconic function space with four surrounding lush lawn areas. Each of the lawns can be booked separately or combined to suit your specific function requirements.

Central Lawn

Capacity 150 - 250 Size 400m2

-

Theatre

-

-

Classroom

-

150

Banquet

150

250

Cocktail

250

-

Exhibition

-

400

Size

400m2

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Central Lawn

Central Lawn is a beautiful circular space, which is close to great animal viewing areas and available for hire either day or night.

Bruce Mason Centre

Theatre

Capacity 450 - 1069 Size 820m2

1069

Theatre

1069

-

Classroom

-

450

Banquet

450

1000

Cocktail

1000

-

Exhibition

-

820

Size

820m2

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Theatre

The Bruce Mason Centre Theatre is a perfect venue for large seated conferences or flat floor dinners.

Hauraki Gulf Room

Capacity 21 - 400 Size 271m2

250

Theatre

250

100

Classroom

100

180

Banquet

180

400

Cocktail

400

21

Exhibition

21

271

Size

271m2

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Hauraki Gulf Room

The Hauraki Gulf room is a popular space within the Bruce Mason Centre offering plentiful natural light and a lovely view of the Hauraki Gulf.

Killarney Room

Capacity 6 - 90 Size 126m2

70

Theatre

70

25

Classroom

25

60

Banquet

60

90

Cocktail

90

6

Exhibition

6

126

Size

126m2

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Killarney Room

Killarney Room is a versatile space with large windows. This space is well suited to small conferences, meetings and private functions.

Mt Smart Stadium

East Lounge

Capacity 500 - 700 Size 945m2

700

Theatre

700

500

Classroom

500

650

Banquet

650

700

Cocktail

700

-

Exhibition

-

945

Size

945m2

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East Lounge

The East Lounge at Mt Smart Stadium has comfortable capacity for up to 1000 guests. This pillar-free space has spectacular views over the number one ground.

South Lounge

Capacity 80 - 300 Size 312m2

200

Theatre

200

80

Classroom

80

200

Banquet

200

300

Cocktail

300

-

Exhibition

-

312

Size

312m2

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South Lounge

Mt Smart’s South Lounge boasts floor-to-ceiling windows providing natural daylight and panoramic views over the immaculate Mt Smart Stadium field.

QBE Stadium Function Centre

QBE Lounge

Capacity 224 - 1000 Size 974m2

700

Theatre

700

224

Classroom

224

600

Banquet

600

1000

Cocktail

1000

-

Exhibition

-

974

Size

974m2

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QBE Lounge

This expansive space has floor to ceiling windows on both sides of the room, with stunning views over the main stadium field.

North Lounge

Capacity 80 - 350 Size 327m2

240

Theatre

240

80

Classroom

80

180

Banquet

180

350

Cocktail

350

-

Exhibition

-

327

Size

327m2

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North Lounge

The North Lounge is the ideal space for cocktail functions or meetings, with views overlooking the main field, and capacity for 240 delegates theatre style or 350 people cocktail style.

South Lounge

Capacity 60 - 300 Size 248m2

180

Theatre

180

60

Classroom

60

150

Banquet

150

300

Cocktail

300

-

Exhibition

-

248

Size

248m2

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South Lounge

The South Lounge is well suited to meetings and cocktails, with views overlooking the main field and capacity for 180 delegates theatre style or 300 people cocktail style.

Bayswater and Mairangi Rooms

Capacity 40 - 120 Size 135m2

100

Theatre

100

40

Classroom

40

90

Banquet

90

120

Cocktail

120

-

Exhibition

-

135

Size

135m2

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Bayswater and Mairangi Rooms

The Bayswater and Mairangi Rooms are adjacent spaces and offer the flexibility to be combined to create one space or separated to create two individual rooms with sound proof retractable dividers.

Waiake Room

Capacity 16 - 75 Size 68m2

50

Theatre

50

16

Classroom

16

50

Banquet

50

75

Cocktail

75

-

Exhibition

-

68

Size

68m2

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Waiake Room

​The Waiake Room is suited to smaller functions of up to 75 people and works well as a medium sized break-out space.

Ross Finlayson Executive Suite

Capacity 30 - 40 Size 55m2

30

Theatre

30

-

Classroom

-

30

Banquet

30

40

Cocktail

40

-

Exhibition

-

55

Size

55m2

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Ross Finlayson Executive Suite

The Ross Finlayson Executive Suite is the perfect choice for a boardroom meeting or cocktail function.

Level Three Lounge

Capacity 100 - 600 Size 482m2

250

Theatre

250

100

Classroom

100

250

Banquet

250

600

Cocktail

600

-

Exhibition

-

482

Size

482m2

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Level Three Lounge

The Level Three Lounge is an expansive space with high ceilings and an abundance of natural light. ​

The Civic

Wintergarden

Capacity 410 - 700 Size 550m2

550

Theatre

550

-

Classroom

-

410

Banquet

410

700

Cocktail

700

-

Exhibition

-

550

Size

550m2

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Wintergarden

For sheer extravagance, it is hard to beat the Wintergarden. With 550m2​ of space the Wintergarden is ideal for dinners, cocktail parties and product launches.

Safari Room

Capacity 60 - 80 Size 160m2

70

Theatre

70

-

Classroom

-

60

Banquet

60

80

Cocktail

80

-

Exhibition

-

160

Size

160m2

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Safari Room

The low ceiling and exotic decor of this space create a unique atmosphere for celebrations.

Taj Mahal Room

Capacity 50 - 70 Size 110m2

60

Theatre

60

-

Classroom

-

50

Banquet

50

70

Cocktail

70

-

Exhibition

-

110

Size

110m2

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Taj Mahal Room

Rich colours and exotic décor, the Taj Mahal Room is a superb location for a range of events.

The Civic Auditorium

Capacity 300 - 2378 Size -m2

2378

Theatre

2378

-

Classroom

-

300

Banquet

300

300

Cocktail

300

-

Exhibition

-

-

Size

-m2

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The Civic Auditorium

Step into another world at The Civic Auditorium, seating up to 2378 people, this beautiful, Moorish-themed auditorium is ideal for ceremonies and presentations.