Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. The city is surrounded by picturesque islands and 48 volcanoes and is known as the ‘’City of Sails’’ because of the great number of yachts in the harbours. Being the biggest city in New Zealand, Auckland has much to offer, not only on the tourist side but also for companies. The city has many venues available for conferences, and also lots of things to do with your coworkers in the evening. Are you considering organizing your company’s next conference in Auckland? Then read more for our top 5 conference venues, and some extra tips on what you and your coworkers can do in the city after-work hours.
Being known as Auckland’s most in-demand venue since it was opened over 20 years ago, this location couldn’t be left out of the list. Popular for graduations, award ceremonies, and conferences, as well as gala dinners and cocktail functions. The theatre venue can offer a wide variety of events, in a beautiful ambience.
Hunua Rooms offers four different options within Aotea Centre, creating a dynamic event space. The venue is ideal for exhibitions and can accommodate up to 32 exhibition booths. The rooms can also be linked via an internal staircase to the Waitakere Rooms for events in need of additional breakout rooms or a cocktail area. Perfect for hosting company events, or smaller-sized conferences.
With an amazing view over the Waitemata Harbour, the Hilton Hotel in Auckland is pretty iconic, yet again: the Hilton Hotels are already iconic on their own. The hotel has over 10 spaces that can host events for 25 up to 400 people. If you’re looking to host a conference in Auckland with on-site catering and accommodation options, then the Hilton is the location for you.
The Officers Mess is a historical and charming venue that offers space and versatility. The Officers Mess has 3 spaces to choose from, including the Main Room and Middle Room. These spaces can accommodate anywhere from 40 to 200 guests, making this Auckland venue a great option for hosting your conference, no matter how large or small it is.
A charming venue, surrounded by nature. If you’re looking for a conference venue with a superbly charming ambience: this is the one for you. Friendly service and attention to detail ensure that your conference will be an experience like none other.
When you go to a conference, you will also need a place to sleep at night of course. And for that, we put together a top 3 for hotels in Auckland. All of them have breakfast included, so you and your coworkers don’t need to go on a search in the morning, they have a fitness centre included and have a top rating! All the basics you need from a good quality hotel.
Mentioned before but worth mentioning again: the Hilton Hotel. Stylish rooms and suites, a beautiful location, an amazing restaurant, an outdoor pool, and an indoor fitness centre. And if you decide to also organize your company’s conference here all your coworkers will be just a minute away from the venue.
Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Auckland is located right in the city centre, ideal if the conference venue is close or just outside the city. Each suite features a fully equipped kitchen and air-conditioning, perfect for business and leisure travellers.
This stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Auckland CBD is just a short walk from the Viaduct Harbor and the Sky Tower. Hotel Debrett Auckland is a 5-minute walk from Britomart and a 15-minute walk from Vector Arena.
When you’ve been at a conference all day, it might be nice to do something fun in the evening to wind down a bit. As a bonus, we’ve put together a top 3 of places to eat, and a top 3 of activities to do in the city with your coworkers.
View Auckland from the seaside and enjoy a three-course dinner with your coworkers. The cruise starts at Viaduct Harbour and goes by Waitemata Harbour’s highlights, including the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge. While anchored at Westhaven Marina, you and your coworkers have the time to chat, and perhaps prepare for the next day of the conference together while indulging in a three-course meal. Sounds good, right?
Sails Restaurant has an amazing location. Set in the middle of Westhaven Marina, beside the Harbour Bridge, with an amazing view of the harbour. Just a couple of minutes from the centre of Auckland, with unlimited free parking at the door.
With many raving reviews, this restaurant is sure worth a visit if you love French cuisine. Not convinced yet? Check out their website to see the dishes, and you’re sure to make a reservation right away.
The museum is housed in an Iconic building within the grounds of a tranquil park, the Auckland Museum is a place to discover and learn about New Zealand’s culture and its natural history. The museum has daily cultural shows and an internationally significant Maori and Pacific collection to explore, making the museum a must-see attraction. Discover the fascinating Maori culture with your team!
Do you have some time on your hands during, before, or after the conference? Then a visit to Auckland Zoo is definitely worth your time. The Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just minutes from central Auckland. Perfect for teams of real animal lovers, or people who like an active day of walking.
The Botanic Gardens of Auckland have collections of natives and exotics, complimented by lakes, the award-winning Potter Children’s Garden, and a growing collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures by New Zealand artists. The Gardens are only 20 minutes away from the city, open every day of the year, and perhaps the best part: entry is free.
When a destination is further than walking distance, figuring out how to get there can be a pain. Especially if you have to get to a conference in Auckland from a remote place in the outskirts of New Zealand. Why not make it easier and rent a bus for your company’s conference? Our wide variety of buses will transport you to any part of New Zealand, even if you’re south of Invercargill or north of Whangarei. Click here for more information about our services. If you’re looking for a little team building ideas, you can check out our article on Team Activities in Auckland. Or maybe you know a gentleman about to get married, in which case you’ll love our article on Buck Party Ideas in Auckland.