Exploring premier meeting and event venues in Christchurch

 Saturday, June 3, 2023 


The ‘Garden City’ of Australia, Christchurch is also the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand.

Archaeological excavations and cave findings show that the area was first discovered by the moa-tribe as early as 1250 CE.

Years later, immigrants Dean Brothers established a farm in Riccarton. This farm is considered to be the first instance of European Settlement in the area. In July 1856, Christchurch became a city by royal charter making it the oldest city in New Zealand.

With so many convention centres and meeting points alongside amazing local attractions, Christchurch is set to be back as one of New Zealand’s premium MICE destinations. 

Christchurch Town Hall

It is one of Christchurch’s “Most recognisable pieces of architecture,” set against a beautiful riverside backdrop. It is open for conferences, meetings, exhibitions as well as dinner parties, cocktail functions and special private occasions. The venue stands as one of the largest conference spaces in the city and can accommodate up to 2250 guests. The town hall offers six spaces to select from which includes Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, James Hay Theatre, Limes Room, Victoria Room, Avon Room and Boardroom. The venue has been reconstructed over the years to embrace advanced facilities like soundproof systems, integrated technologies and projector screens.

Tait Technology Centre

Situated just stone’s throw away from the Christchurch Airport, it is an ideal venue for hosting conferences. With an award-winning architecture, the centre is known for its flexibility and versatility. The Level 1 Conference rooms are interconnected and come with a makeshift facility. These rooms can be separated and combined as per requirement. The spacious Atrium on the ground floor can accommodate up to 250 guests. The rooms have natural lighting and remarkable architecture. In addition, the large outdoor courtyard provides the facility of organising recreational activities.

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

It is an ideal location for a comfortable stay in Christchurch for those visiting the city either to work or relax. Situated centrally in a location adjacent to the iconic Cathedral Square, the property is only 20 minutes away from the airport. The city’s local attractions like the Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Casino and Re: START Mall are in close proximity. Additionally, there are five meeting rooms which can accommodate 130 heads. 

Pavilions Hotel Christchurch

Located on the main northern access route in Christchurch, it is the perfect spot to blend work and leisure. The venue is only 1.7 km away from the city and is only 30 minutes drive from the airport. The hotel comes with few conference rooms ideal to host meetings, seminars, interviews, training sessions, business events or private parties. It also offers a full catering service during the events and boutique-style hospitality for the guests.

Natural calamities like earthquakes and disasters have always been a part of Christchurch. As a result, the MICE industry of Christchurch has suffered drastic losses over the years. But Christchurch has always focused on fighting against the odds and has constantly rebuilt itself.

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