• As experienced functions managers, the Te Papa team provides a robust template which covers all details of organising an event. Their support and attention to detail made all the difference in the smooth running and effectiveness of each conference – as well as the enjoyment of the organising team!
    Angela Ryan, Director, Mana Education Centre. 21 February 2011
  • As well as the impeccably able staff, the spaces that Te Papa offers for events are superb. The presentation of the spaces and amenities is of a consistently high standard which raised the sophistication and atmosphere surrounding our conference.
    Angela Ryan, Director, Mana Education Centre. 21 February 2011
  • Te Papa have a wonderful team of Conference and Event professionals, fantastic catering, and onsite facilities that are second to none. In choosing a venue for my clients I need to ensure that all will run smoothly, after all – it’s my reputation on the line. Te Papa is therefore a first choice venue for me.
  • The Te Papa team has the attitude that each Conference or Event is special and will therefore strive to make sure it is a success.
    Dean Bradley
    Convention Management New Zealand Ltd
  • We always receive such positive feedback from our delegates, who never fail to have a great experience at Te Papa. It's definitely a venue with a difference with an ideal central, waterfront location.
    Michelle Kane, Conference Manager, Conference and Events Ltd
  • Te Papa definitely has the WOW factor and helps attract delegates to conferences. The spaces are great to work in, the staff always extremely helpful and the food is first class.
    Louise Watson, Conference Manager, Conference and Events Ltd
  • The event went off without a hitch and the feedback from all who were there has been overwhelmingly positive. The overall experience with Te Papa has been wonderful - the planning and professionalism through to the execution cannot be faulted.
    Grant, Ellie, Shalimar and the GJ Gardner Team. 28 February 2013
  • We had our wedding reception in the icon room and we couldn't have asked for a better experience.
    Angela Prestidge - Bride
  • We had a wonderful experience holding our wedding at Te Papa! From the booking process to the big day itself, we found the staff to be most helpful, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We initially booked Icon at Te Papa for our reception but after realizing that our wedding fell on the same day as the Homegrown concert, we decided to hold our ceremony there as well. Glenn Lust did a fantastic job coordinating the day. He found a stunning space for the cocktail hour while Icon was switched over from ceremony to reception area. Meanwhile we took our photos in the beautiful backdrop of Te Papa’s pond, which was nicely secluded from the concertgoers. The food was absolutely perfect! Every dish was cooked to perfection and our guests still talk about it! Glenn and his team executed our vision perfectly and we are thrilled to recommend Te Papa to anyone looking to hold their party in a stylish venue operated by highly skilled and talented people!
    Julie Anne & Matthew

Our spaces are your spaces

Our spaces in Te Papa


From unique wedding venues to trade shows and large functions!

Come to our place where your guests can enjoy your hospitality surrounded by the stories and treasures of a nation. Te Papa is remarkable and our seven purpose-built Wellington venues are very much a part of its life and heart. 

Our spaces are contemporary and flexible, welcoming and spectacular. The location is perfect. Front and centre on Wellington’s magnificent harbour – close to all the major hotels, so your guests can enjoy a short stroll along the waterfront on their way to and from your event.

See one of our unique venues become a spectacular dinner venue

A time-lapse transformation of the Wellington Foyer in preparation for the Matariki Ball 2011.


Our spaces at a glance

The table below gives you an overview about each of our venues.  You can learn more by following the links.

Space At a glance
IconAn elegant and versatile space with wonderful natural light, private balcony, and stunning harbour views.
Learn more about Icon
Icon34 - 250 people.
Soundings TheatreA fully equipped multi-media audio-visual facility with a large deep-sprung stage. Superbly comfortable tiered seating.
Learn more about the Soundings Theatre
Soundings Theatre328 people.
Soundings Theatre Foyer200 people.
Te Huinga CentreA standalone conference facility with separate entry and spaces easily configured to accommodate many different situations and seating arrangements.
Learn more about Te Huinga Centre
Angus Rooms 1 & 2   21 - 60 people.
Rangimarie Room 134 - 140 people.
Rangimarie Room 224 - 80 people.
Rangimarie Room 310 - 40 people.
Rangimarie Rooms 1 & 248 - 250 people.
Rangimarie Rooms 2 & 324 - 100 people.
Rangimarie Rooms 1, 2 & 348 - 300 people.
 OceaniaDesigned around New Zealand themes, Oceania is a huge, versatile space ideal for trade shows, product launches, conferences, and banquets.
Learn more about Oceania
Total area60 - 600 people.
Rooms 1 & 2 combined45 - 150 people.
Room 119 - 75 people.
Room 219 - 75 people.
Amokura GalleryBigger space, greater heights, this remarkable venue is available to hire for your special events and functions. In the past it has showcased some of our most successful exhibitions, and now you too can utilise its impressive architectural grandeur for larger conferences, trade shows, dinners or cocktail parties.
Learn more about Amokura Gallery
Amokura Gallery200 - 800 people.
Themed spacesUnique spaces available outside of museum opening hours.
Wellington FoyerGrand, elegant and spacious, this mighty room at the heart of Te Papa is a spectacular setting for a showcase, gala dinner, or ball. 500 - 800 people.
Learn more about the Wellington Foyer
Te MaraeThe Marae is Te Hono ki Hawaiki – its connection to Hawaiki is as the place of our spiritual origins. This spiritual idea of Hawaiki means all people can regard the Marae as a place for them to stand – a place to which they can belong. 200 - 250 people.
Learn more about Te Marae
Signs of a NationA dramatic, intimate space that lights beautifully at night to create an ambience both elegant and welcoming. 50 - 120 people.
Learn more about Signs of a Nation
Te Papa Café350 people.
Amphitheatre (outside)230 people.
Bush City Centre60 people.
Espresso Bar120 people.
Boulevard250 - 400 people.
Aorangi Room50 people.
Aorangi Terrace (outside)100 people.

Wedding ceremony venues

Whether you want to find the best wedding venue, or just need some unique wedding venue ideas, Te Papa can help.

Get in touch with us today. Our flexible venues provide the perfect environment for your special day, or can be used for business meetings, functions and other parties.


Let us look after your next function: Call us on (04) 381 7272 or get in touch through our enquiry form.