• 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


Food brings people together. And good food and great service make any event memorable.

Treat your guests to outstanding, innovative cuisine at Te Papa, showcasing the freshest and the best of local produce. The same care and attention is paid in catering for a gathering of 500 as youd expect in an intimate restaurant.

Inspired dining

Executive chef, Bernd Lippmann, says Te Papa is such an extraordinary venue that it’s easy to be inspired. The atmosphere you can create in each of the spaces and throughout the venue just cannot be created anywhere else, he says. The opportunity for theming is unique.  And you are among the nation’s most beautiful, extraordinary, emotional, and creative objects.

For a function celebrating an exhibition of 19th20th century art from the Städel Museum, Bernd and his 20-strong team of chefs created a German marketplace with four food stalls – a fishmonger, butcher, delicatessen and a cake shop. For another function, they created an 11-course degustation menu featuring wagyu beef finished with 80-year-old balsamic vinegar and ending with a white Toblerone mousse. A function for the All Blacks and French rugby teams included sugar statues of Richie McCaw and Sebastian Chabal shaking hands.

Sample menus

The more we know about you, your guests, and your event, the more we can personalise a menu to suit. We’ll work with you to design a menu perfect for the occasion or you can select from our extensive range of catering menus.

Get a taste for Te Papa. Take a look at our menus here. 

Daytime menus

Evening menus


Menu packs



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