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Whirinaki Whare Taonga

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A spectacular venue for a memorable daytime or evening event

Whirinaki is an award-winning arts, culture and events centre based in Te Awakairangi ki Uta / Upper Hutt.  

With a striking three-level glass facade fronting a magnificent interior space, state of the art sophisticated theatre, large hall, unique meeting rooms and fully equipped commercial kitchen, together with an ever changing suite of contemporary eye-catching exhibitions, Whirinaki is a sophisticated and inspiring venue for any event. 

Host your event surrounded by spectacular, contemporary New Zealand and international artworks in an architectural space that oozes charm and drama.  The impressive spaces have been designed to be flexible and are ideally suited for performances, corporate events, lectures and conferences, cocktail parties, weddings, seated dinners, intimate meetings as well as sporting events, conventions and public expos.

At Whirinaki you can use the on-site caterer Dough Bakery, choose your own caterer, or cater your own event making it flexible for commercial and community events. 

The team can support you to deliver the very best event.  As the home to the Upper Hutt i-SITE, the team can also  provide logistic insights into any transport, accommodation or leisure activities associated with your event.

Venue Spaces

Gillies Group Theatre 

Home to our beautiful Steinway, this contemporary 200 seat intimate performing arts venue is flexible for 40 at tables and 84 seated.  Includes full green room and dressing suite.

Professionals Recreation Hall 

For the larger function, the 22m x 45m Civic and recreation hall has a capacity for 800 seated, 500 at tables and 1120 standing.  Complimented with a foyer, commercial kitchen and breakout space.

Rotary Foyer

Premium adaptable function venue to host your event with contemporary ambience and comfort.  The indoor/outdoor flow is ideal for capacities of 150 seated, 100 at tables and 250 standing.

Gibbs Court 

Enjoy cocktails overlooking the city from our indoor/outdoor courtyard with upto 50 guests. 

More Info:

View the venue hire brochure in the 'attachments tab' above.
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836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt, 5140

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