Auckland Conventions, Venues &

Aotea Centre Unveils Striking Digital Artwork

Presented across two 65m² floor-to-ceiling screens, the large-scale digital artwork ihi, by renowned New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana, was unveiled at the Aotea Centre in Auckland by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in January 2020.

Commissioned by Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), ihi retells one of Māoridom’s oldest stories and is one of the largest and most significant works of contemporary Māori art in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The permanent installation is part of the Aotea Centre’s recent interior refurbishment, where its modern and open design, expansive foyers and configurable function spaces make it a world-class venue for conferences, dinners, exhibitions and tradeshows, in the heart of the Auckland CBD.

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Phone: NZ 0800 54 98 98 | AU 1800 54 98 98


Auckland Museum

World Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is almost here!.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world. The global showcase opens at Auckland Museum on Friday 28 February 2020.

Direct from the London's Natural History Museum, the 100 winning images featured in this year’s exhibition illustrate the majesty and vulnerability of life on our planet. Whilst inspiring curiosity and wonder, the images also remind us of the fragility of our planet and our responsibility to protect it.

Private viewings of this stunning exhibition are available in conjunction with venue hire from the 1st of March to 10th May 2020. To check availability and request a quote please contact the below:

Phone: +6421 448 370 

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AUT Events

New year, new name, new look!

AUT Hospitality Services is excited to announce a new name, AUT Events!

Operating under a commercial arm of Auckland University of Technology, AUT Events’ journey began in 2004 as an in-house caterer for internal departments. Today, it offers end-to-end event and conference management, including venue, catering and audio-visual solutions – on or off site – by their team of experts.

Offering a multitude of venue options at the city campus located in Auckland CBD, it is ideal for a range of occasions from boardroom meetings, day workshops to cocktail receptions and gala dinners.

2020 calendar is filling up fast! Contact AUT Events today to discuss your Conference and Event needs. For more information, visit the new website at

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Phone:  09 921 9676




Castaways Resort

New Year. New Chef. New Menus at Castaways Restaurant & Bar

2020 is off to a fantastic start with the appointment of new Head Chef, Bruce Thomason, at Castaways Restaurant & Bar.

Bruce Thomason brings extensive experience and an adventurous background to the the team at Castaways after spending years as a chef for Heritage Expeditions operating out of Christchurch on their ice-strengthened expedition ship for adventure tourists. Not only has he cooked around the world but he has also worked as Head Chef at Solitaire Lodge, Tree Tops Lodge, and Bistro 1284 all in Rotorua.

Bruce is passionate about having a sustainable and ethical paddock to plate philosophy and this can be seen in Chef’s new summer menus now being served at Castaways Restaurant & Bar. Every dish has been thoughtfully created and products sourced carefully to ensure maximum flavour while adhering to this important ethos.

“With Castaways location on remote Karioitahi Beach south-west of Auckland,we are acutely aware of the importance of respecting our
environment,” says General Manager John McNaughton. “It was
incredibly important that our new Head Chef had these same values
and we are so excited to work with Bruce, his new menus are proving to
be a hit already.”

Castaways Restaurant & Bar is open 7 days from 7am until late,
serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as morning and
afternoon tea, and with a tapas menu coming soon.

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Phone: 09 236 5041


Celebrity Speakers

International Women's Day – Sunday 8 March 2020

International Women's Day is just around the corner and we are proud to represent trail-blazing women with inspiring messages to share.

Get in touch with the Celebrity Speakers team to discuss speaker options for your next event.

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Phone: +64 9 373 4177



Crowne Plaza Auckland

Seamless Hotel + Transport Experience in the Heart of Auckland: Crowne Plaza Auckland and Cityhop launch new partnership

In the search for modern and sustainable business travel experiences, Crowne Plaza Auckland and Cityhop kicked off the new year with an exciting new partnership – creating exclusive benefits to guests booking via Crowne Plaza’s website or concierge desk. Both are well-known presences in the Auckland CBD – one being awarded as NZ’s Leading Business Hotel for three years in a row (2017-2019) and the other being widely known as NZ’s very own drive-by-the-hour, hop-in-and-go car sharing service.

Crowne Plaza Auckland guests can enjoy Cityhop’s first hour for free, besides having access to reduced rates and no subscription fees. Fuel and insurance are included and guests can make use of any car in the area – including 2 electric vehicles conveniently located within the Crowne Plaza / Atrium Carpark building, duly charged and ready to go to any meeting or destination in or out of town.

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Phone: +64-9-375-5200




Holiday Inn Auckland Airport

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what about an immersive 360o virtual tour?

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport is the largest hotel conference venue in South Auckland and has just rolled out a brand new 360 Virtual Tour of its Conference & Events spaces. By adopting a more technologically advanced platform, the hotel now showcases its conference rooms giving a true sense of space, capacity and layout.

The immersive experience is integrated with a 360 virtual tour of the hotel as whole, including public spaces and different room categories. What shouldn’t go unnoticed is the premium quality of the 360 images – each shot being composed by up to 18 crisp, high-resolution HDR photos seamlessly put together to bring an astonishing degree of realism.

The navigation is user-friendly, helped by a built-in floorplan to help conference organisers get their bearings around the venues.
Besides being optimised to both mobile and desktop screens,
it is impressive that the tour is VR-ready and will wow early-adopters
of Virtual Reality technology. More enhancements are being promised
by Holiday inn Auckland Airport, so stay tuned.

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Phone: +64 (0)9 275 1053



SO/ Auckland

SO/ Auckland’s Club Signature and Social Club Terrace are now officially open!

New to SO/ Auckland Hotel, Club Signature is a luxurious and vibrant space with VIP service for guests. WORLD design director Benny Castles has contributed his artistic design expertise to this private haven drawing inspiration from the city’s volcanic landscapes and furnishings with rich textures and bold avant-garde designs.

The iconographic use of the SO/ Auckland emblem and pattern throughout the Club Signature tells the story of the hotel’s locality with guests experiencing a similar, yet more relaxing, hypnotic feeling as when they enter the hotel’s lobby MIXO.

“We wanted to make the hotel’s Club Signature Members feel the exuberance and sophistication that is true to the spirit of SO/ Auckland. It is a space like no other in Auckland, both exclusive and welcoming, inner city elegance and intimacy paired with the most
unique hidden outdoor terrace providing guests with a fresh urban
viewpoint. WORLD has touched this pace with a little colour and
curiousness just in case you need distracting from work or
company with your cocktail,” says Benny Castles – SO/
Auckland’s Signature Designer and Director of WORLD.

Located on the third floor of the hotel, the Social Club
Terrace is now available for private hire for your next event.
Contact our team to learn more or to book.

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Phone: +64 9 379 1868



The Events Group

2020 Corporate Event trends

Collaboration is a top trend for workplaces in 2020. Remote working and increased flexibility is becoming prominent in workplaces. The Events Group has three fantastic events to help improve collaboration within today’s workplace environment. It’s more important than ever before to bring your whole team together for team collaboration days! Here are our top 3 events that can help facilitate this:

Our clients have all reported improved team work after these events and they’ve had a great time in the process. Connect with our team to find out more.

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Phone: Meredith Drucker 0275916222