Treat your guests to delicious food and great service at Te Papa. Select from our extensive range of catering menus, or talk to us to arrange a unique, tailor-made menu perfect for your special event.

Our menus

Enjoy outstanding, innovative cuisine made from the freshest local produce. From conference catering, to a wedding banquet, or a simple working lunch, we have menus to suit your pocket and palate.

A chef puts the finishing touches to a dish


Te Papa Venues Head Chef Ilavarasu Rajendran, 2019. Te Papa

Compliments to the chef for a beautiful spread and also for catering for our special dietary needs. The meal was gorgeous.

– June, Springboard

Tailor-made menus

Tell us about you, your guests, and your event, and we’ll personalise a perfect menu for your occasion.

Past tailor-made creations from our team of chefs include:

  • a German marketplace with four food stalls – a fishmonger, butcher, delicatessen, and cake shop, for a function celebrating an exhibition of 19th–20th century art from the Städel Museum
  • an 11-course degustation menu, featuring wagyu beef finished with 80-year-old balsamic vinegar, and ending with a white Toblerone mousse
  • sugar statues of Richie McCaw and Sébastien Chabal shaking hands, for an All Blacks and French rugby teams function.
Te Papa Catering - Table setup


Photo courtesy of Big Mark Photography

Included catering equipment and services

You’ll receive a range of equipment and services as standard, included with your venue hire.

  • Venue hire and set-up
  • Dedicated function staff before, during, and after your event
  • Tables and chairs
  • White table linen
  • Crockery, cutlery, and glassware
  • Security

For daytime functions:

  • Iced water, mints, pads, and pens
  • Lectern, whiteboard, and flipchart

For dinner functions:

  • Printed menus and seating plans