Wedding venue: Wellington Foyer

A large dramatic function space at the heart of the Museum. Wellington Foyer features an enormous circular window overlooking the city and makes a lovely backdrop for your bridal party table. There’s plenty of space in the foyer for you and your guests to dance the night away.

  • Capacity 100–450
  • Grand, elegant, and spacious
  • Plenty of space for a band
  • Granite floors
  • High rise ceilings
  • Available from 6pm (Wellington Foyer is usually a public museum space)

Sample wedding floorplan for Wellington Foyer

Sample wedding itinerary for Wellington Foyer

6pm Wellington Foyer closes for setup
6pm MC arrives
5.30pm The couple arrive and photos are taken around Te Papa
6.30pm Cake arrives
7pm Guests arrive
7.05–7.30pm Drinks served in main entrance
7.30–7.40pm Guests are seated in Wellington Foyer
7.40–7.45pm Welcome and housekeeping 
7.50pm Couple enter the room
8–8.30pm Entrée service
8.10–8.20pm Speeches
8.35–9.25pm Mains service
9.30–9.40pm Dessert service, tea and coffee
9.35–9.55pm Open floor speeches
9.35–9.55pm Cake cutting
10–11.45pm DJ/band
11.30pm Bar closes
Midnight Venue vacated

Enquire or book your wedding

If you’d like to make an appointment to visit Te Papa, we can arrange a dedicated wedding coordinator to show you the venue spaces.

To enquire, please fill out our online form or phone +64 (04) 381 7272.