Wharewaka Function Centre is a fully equipped functions venue.  The building named "Te Raukura", is also commonly known as "Wharewaka" and is an award winning venue, offering five function spaces, with a combined ground floor capable of catering large events, for up to 500 Cocktail style, but suitable to all function configurations including events such as; meetings, exhibitions, dinners, classroom, banquet and cocktail events. 

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Ground floor meeting rooms for hire | Makaro, Gallery, Karaka

First floor meeting rooms for hire | Matiu and Mokopuna


The Wharewaka Function Centre, meeting rooms are named after the three Wellington Harbour Islands that the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust owns and co-manages with DOC. Matiu (Somes) is the biggest Island, Mokopuna is the smaller island next to Matiu, and Makaro (Ward) is further over. Legend has it that both Matiu and Makaro Islands received their original Māori name from Kupe, the semi-legendary first navigator to reach New Zealand and get home again with reports of the new land. He named them after his two daughters (or, in some versions of the tale, nieces) when he first entered the harbour about 1000 years ago.

Opened Waitangi Day 2011, this building offers a unique mix of tradition within a contemporary context.  The venue was built to house and showcase, two ceremonial waka taua and waka ama, hence its description as Te Wharewaka o Poneke (Waka House).  Complimented by an in house cafe, this is a waterfront function centre with great indoor outdoor flow.

Te Raukura 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.

Some of the things people say about us ..."The staff are just wonderful. So helpful, friendly and professional. They made us feel really at home. And the venue itself is absolutely fantastic - great light, stunning views - a very inspirational setting. And the food is light and healthy. I cannot recommend it more highly." Ross Bell Executive Director NZ Drug Foundation (June2013)

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Friday night at Karaka...
Karaka Café is a beautiful, modern, fully licensed 100-seater café, open 7-days a week, for casual dining and is available for private hire in the evenings.  Karaka offers delicious breakfast, lunch and platter menus with a modern cultural twist in some of our menu items.  Enjoy the ambiance of our beautiful indoor environment or the outside bistro dining with the terraced grassed areas on Frank Kitts Lagoon.  Our cafe is located in the Wharewaka Function Centre.  A must do for locals and visitors. Read more