Positively Wellington Venues: Michael Fowler Centre

Positively Wellington VenuesEvent TypeEventMusicalsConcertFamilyTheatreOtherExhibition / TradeshowDanceSportsWeddingOperaComedyBusiness EventsBanquets or Gala EventsCocktail FunctionsFloor TypeFloor TypeBanquetClassroomCocktailExhibition (3m x 3m)TheatreU ShapedSportsfloorBoardroomCapacityCapacityUnder 100100 – 300300 – 500500 – 1000Over 1000

Boasting a unique design
and impressive acoustic auditorium this venue
hosts conferences
and concerts in
equal measure

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Wellington’s main stage for international conferences and leading performing artists, this much-loved part of the Wellington skyline sits right at the heart of the capital city’s civic and cultural precinct. Boasting a three-level glass facade and finished throughout with native timbers and Italian marble, “the sheer magnificence of the internal space” has seen the Michael Fowler Centre win numerous architecture awards.

Unique features:

  • The main Auditorium seats up to 2,209 for concerts and has a classroom capacity for 1,035 persons
  • Adjacent to the main Auditorium are three supporting breakout rooms
  • There are over 2,000 hotel beds within a five minute walk of the centre, and up to 4,500 beds within a 10 minute drive
  • A public car park with more than 75 spaces is conveniently located adjacent to the centre with direct access to the venue
  • The vibrant wall hangings in the main foyers represent the different moods of the Wellington weather.

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Show me rooms that would be good for… SELECT EVENTMusicalsConcertFamilyTheatreOtherExhibition / TradeshowDanceSportsWeddingOperaComedyBusiness EventsBanquets or Gala EventsCocktail FunctionsMichael Fowler Centre AuditoriumFinished throughout with stunning native timbers, the two levels offer clear views of the stage from every seat.Fletcher Challenge FoyerThe Fletcher Challenge Foyer is the main entrance to the Michael Fowler Centre. Perfect for art and trade exhibitions, and as a registration area, this space also works well for cocktail functions.Renouf Foyer 1 and 2Located on the first floor this versatile space offers plenty of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s ideal for dinners, cocktail functions, presentations and as a breakout space for conferences. It can be used as a spacious open area or split into two separate rooms. PromenadesLocated on the first and second floors of the Michael Fowler Centre, the Promenades have wonderful panoramic views.Lion Harbourview LoungeThis popular venue is located on the second floor of the Michael Fowler Centre and has floor-to-ceiling windows which provide breathtaking views over Wellington’s harbour.Frank Taplin RoomCurving around the northern end of the Michael Fowler Centre on the first floor, this is a small room with plenty of natural light, and access to both the Auditorium stage and dressing room areas.Fay Richwhite VIP LoungeThis is a luxurious and intimate space ideal for use as a boardroom or for pre and post show hostings.

Fine art. Fine venue.

PWV are proud to manage the gallery function space ‘Academy Galleries’.


Free wi-fi

Keep your finger on the pulse during an event – we now offer free access to wireless internet for delegates in our conference venues (Shed 6, TSB Bank Arena, St James Theatre and the Michael Fowler Centre).

Contact our sales team on 04 801 4207 for more information.


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