National Aquarium of NZ Exhibition Hall - Venue for hire
Napier Hawke’s Bay, Aquarium Venue.
Looking for a venue that truly amazes your guests? The Exhibition Hall of the National Aquarium offers an extraordinary atmosphere for any function. A huge glass wall to the Oceanarium provides the backdrop to the large, circular room. We can even set your bar up on the tank holding the giant squid.
The is a flexible event space and we can cater for a formal dinner or a cocktail party, presentation or unusual event. Your guests can take the underwater travelator through the Oceanarium, and you can add on additional options such as a tour of the exhibits, some close encounters with the animals or include a diving display.
We can help you build a theme and create an evening that’s memorable for everyone.
This venue is available for evening functions 5pm-12pm. Other times may be available.
Catering, entertainment and other equipment or services are additional charges – prices on application.
For a smaller meeting room at this venue, see the National Aquarium Function Room.
- In-house catering
- Onsite parking
- Sound system
- Tables & chairs included
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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.