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Parliament venue: Banquet Hall

The Banquet Hall is a semi-circular space designed to host state banquets and receptions. Its considerable size makes it ideal for big events, seating up to 280 guests banquet style or up to 350 people in theatre style.

Book the Banquet Hall online or call +64 (0)4 381 7272


  Theatre style

Boardroom style

Classroom style

Café style

Horseshoe style


Formal sit-down dinner

Informal standing

Without catering 350 NA 200 200 350 NA 280 450
With catering 250 NA 200 200 250 NA 280 400

Tables and chairs set up for meal


Banquet Hall set for dinner, 2018. Photo by Kristin DeSousa. Te Papa

Banquet Hall set up theatre style


Banquet Hall set up theatre style, 2018. Photo by Kristin DeSousa. Te Papa


  • The Banquet Hall inner wall is adorned by a large three-dimensional mural by artist John Boys Drawbridge, portraying the atmosphere and sky of New Zealand
  • The tongue and groove floor is made from tawa, a New Zealand native timber laid in segments radiating from the core of the building
  • Plenty of natural daylight and high ceilings

Floor plans

View a panorama of the Banquet Hall

Contact us

Phone: +64 (0)4 381 7272