An award winning multi purpose function centre building, offering many services...

WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS..Following the earthquake on Monday 14th November, we have had our structural engineers through the venue for inspection and we are pleased to advise we have been given the all clear to operate as normal.  We look forward to welcoming all our friends, customer, event organisors into our beautiful venue, for your functions, events and waka or walking tours.  Our fantastic events team are here waiting for your call 04 499 8180 | email us here.  Nau mai, haere mai.

Te Wharewaka Tapere - The Function Centre, an award winning and fully serviced functions venue for 20-500 persons.  Offering five function areas, with a combined ground floor capable of catering to large cocktail events.  This is a must see, versatile venue, suitable to all function configurations including events such as; meetings, exhibitions, dinners, classroom, banquet and cocktail events. Click here for the Wellington Functions virtual tours page -OR-  Click here to make an enquiry.

Te Wharewaka - The Wharewaka (waka house) is viewable from all sides, and open on occassion to the public during the day.  Waka are launched into the lagoon for ceremonial occasions via the slipways.  Waka ama are also used on a regular basis for training and competition.  2015 sees the launch of our Waka Tours and Walking Tours exploring Te Whanganui A Tara (Wellington Habour) and the waterfront. Read here about  Te Wharewaka o Pōneke tours or make an enquiry at

Te Wharekai - The Eating House, Karaka Cafe.  Our onsite chefs cater to all your function needs and we have a cafe open 7-days a week, offering a modern take on some of the traditional foods of Māori, along with delicious cafe style foods.

Check out our promotional video below for a great overview of this venue and our services.



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The Building

Commonly referred to now as Te Wharewaka, this building was given the offical name of 'Te Raukura' at an opening dawn Ceremony on Waitangi Day, Sunday 6 February 2011.  'Te Raukura' is of special significance to descendants from Taranaki iwi of Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga.  Previously the area where the building is located was harbour frontage to Te Aro Pā, one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington up until the 1880s.  The building sees the re-establishment of a Māori presence on Taranaki Wharf, notably absent on the waterfront since that time.   The elements of the building include whakairo or carvings and modern renditions of traditional design which transform the building symbolically into a ceremonial waka (canoe) linked to the ancestor Kupe and the voyaging traditions of the Pacific peoples. Within the whare, Rongo, the god of Peace, reigns. It is in this atmosphere, under a cloak of peace, that people interact with one another and with the spirits of their ancestors (Te Marae by Hiwi and Pat Tauroa, 1986, Reed, Auckland, p. 92.)

Wharewaka is located on Wellingtons waterfront, within close proximity to top hotel accommodation and parking and has full in-house catering and beverage services, making this the venue of choice for conferences, functions and events.

Contact Us

Interested in making a booking? Need information?
Or want to arrange a walk through? Fill out our request info form and the event manager will answer all of your questions.

We will attempt to answer all emails within 24 hours. If you can't wait phone numbers are listed below.