Ballroom at Ormlie Lodge - Venue for hire


Hawke’s Bay: ballroom venue

The traditional ballroom at Ormlie Lodge is a gracious space with the old-fashioned charm of a long history, meticulously presented for modern use. It has a parquet dance floor, raised stage for your band and a grand piano, with beautifully draped curtains, elegant furniture and twinkling chandeliers.

Come for a wedding, a party, or make an impression with your conference or corporate event.  You can gather in the comfortable bar or stroll around the extensive gardens, Ormlie is made to be explored and enjoyed.

Ormlie Lodge is the elegant former home of Gertrude Smith, built for her in 1899 by her wealthy father, William Nelson and is one of the classical historical homesteads of Hawke’s Bay. It is centrally located raised on the hill in Taradale, close to the Napier airport and the twin cities of Napier and Hastings.

Ormlie offers gourmet cuisine and is fully licensed, you must add catering when booking facilities. Enquire for an event package.

Boutique accommodation available.

For an outdoor event, please see our Garden at Ormlie Lodge.



  • Accommodation
  • In-house catering
  • Licensed
  • Onsite parking
  • Projector or Screen
  • Stage
  • Tables & chairs included
  • WiFi

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Napier City

Napier City

Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier’s special point of difference.

A national disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. On the morning of February 3rd 1931 a massive earthquake – 7.9 on the Richter scale – rocked Hawke’s Bay for more than three minutes. Nearly 260 lives were lost and the vast majority of buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the quake itself or the fires that followed.

Rebuilding began almost immediately, and much of it was completed in two years. New buildings reflected the architectural styles of the times – Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco. Local architect Louis Hay, an admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright, had his chance to shine. Maori motifs were employed to give the city a unique New Zealand character – for example, the ASB bank on the corner of Hastings and Emerson Streets features Maori koru and zigzags.

Napier is one of Hawke’s Bay’s “twin cities” and has a great range of accommodation and activities.


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