• 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

Health and safety 

Ensuring a safe workplace is important to us. You and your exhibitors must comply with the requirements of the Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992, including:
  • following the instructions of Te Papa staff
  • keeping fire exits clear
  • making sure all electrical gear is Portable Appliance Tested (PAT) and tagged
  • taping down all electrical cords


Te Papa is a non-smoking venue inside and outside, including on balconies.


Our staff are trained in a wide range of emergency procedures and will manage any emergency situation.

Restricted items

Written approval is needed to bring in restricted items. Please talk to your functions coordinator if you wish to bring in:

  • potentially offensive material
  • weapons or other equipment that may cause harm
  • food and beverage (for sale or sample), including coffee machines
  • animals, including domestic pets
  • any large pieces of equipment over 2x2 metres and/or 30 kilograms

Prohibited items

Items prohibited for safety reasons include:

  • flammable liquids or accelerants (eg petrol, diesel, CNG, LPG)
  • items or equipment that produce flames or extreme heat (including candles and cooking appliances)
  • smoke machines
  • helium balloons.

’Wanena’ medicinal preparation, Mother Mary Aubert manufacturer, circa 1895, Gift of the Sisters of Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Island Bay, 1990. Te Papa

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