When it comes to creating really memorable events, an important factor to consider is the venue. Rotorua has a number of venues with unique features, many of them taking advantage of the natural and geothermal beauty that surrounds us.
Redwoods Treewalk, Whakarewarewa Forest
Maximum capacity: 30
Redwoods Treewalk is an ideal space for accommodating 20-30 for a casual stand-up event.
The tranquil location in Whakarewarewa Forest is the perfect place to awaken with nature by hosting a breakfast meeting or winding down with a cocktail and canapés function in the evening.
This award-winning, eco-tourism walk is 700 metres long, spans across 28 suspension bridges, 27 platforms and takes about 40 minutes to complete. With the height of the walkway ranging from 9 to 20 metres, you’re presented with a unique, bird’s eye perspective of the forest below and the treetops above.
The venue can also be combined with the Redwoods Under the Sails venue nearby (see below).
Black Barn Tuahiwi, Lake Tarawera
Cocktail: 200 | Banquet: 140
Event goers at a Black Barn Tuahiwi function enjoy an atmosphere of intimacy and elegance with a down-to-earth, relaxed Kiwi charm.
Sixty-five acres of native bush are set high on a ridgeline overlooking a pristine lake and out to the mountainous wilderness beyond. You could easily be fooled believing you’re out back in the high country blocks, when in fact you’re just 15 minutes from the business and tourism hub of Rotorua.
Outdoor features include landscaped native gardens, fire pit, large deck and extensive lighting that reveals the beautiful bush setting by night.
The private setting is surrounded by native trees, birdlife, and farm animals with supreme views overlooking Lake Tarawera and Mt Tarawera.
Redwoods Under the Sails, Whakarewarewa Forest
Cocktail: 350 | Banquet: 220
Enjoy an open-air space beneath canopies and amid giant Californian redwoods.
Redwoods Under the Sails is perfect for hosting breakfasts, team building, product launches, conference dinners or evening cocktails.
Guests rave about the natural beauty surrounding them, as they soak in the tranquillity, fresh air, and peacefulness.
The venue can also be combined with the Redwoods Treewalk venue nearby.
Te Puke A Ruahine, Geyser Marquee, Te Puia
Cocktail: 70 | Banquet: 50
Gather under the stars, deep in the heart of Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, with the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser, Pōhutu Geyser nearby.
The Geyser Marquee is the perfect setting for an intimate and awe-inspiring encounter with the unique environment, the people of this land and their stories. Dine under the marquee, then finish the evening with a glass of wine on the stone terraces naturally heated from the geothermal activity below.
Native Bush Camp, Off Road NZ
Maximum capacity: 140
Follow your team-building activities with a lunch or dinner at Native Bush Camp, a rustic venue that’s the perfect setting for a catered feast in the wilderness.
Set amongst beautiful native forest, the large covered dining area accommodates groups of all sizes, up to 140, in all weather.
Hidden Forest Venue, Skyline Rotorua
Theatre: 120 | Cocktail: 250 | Banquet: 180
Where else in the world would you invite your guests to Luge to an event?
Hidden Forest Venue is located halfway down the Scenic Luge track, making guests’ arrival a memorable and fun part of any gathering. Upon reaching the destination, guests are then ensconced in nature within a custom-built marquee with views of the towering Californian redwoods and native birdlife.