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.

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Te Papa Catering Staff


Photo courtesy of Big Mark Photography

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.

Our Packages include catering in their prices.

Daytime menus

Evening menus


(includes wine and beer)



Tailor-made menus

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

Our executive chef, Bernd Lippmann, finds it easy to be inspired by Te Papa’s extraordinary spaces:

The atmosphere you can create in each of the spaces and throughout the venue just cannot be created anywhere else. The opportunity for theming is unique.  And you’re among the nation’s most beautiful, extraordinary, emotional, and creative objects.


Tailor-made creations from Bernd and his 20-strong team have included:

  • 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

See our packages for further options

Contact us

Book a venue or function

Phone: +64 (0)4 381 7272