Michael Fowler Centre – Wellington Convention Centre

With a distinctly unique design that is a much-loved part of the Wellington skyline, boasting a three-level glass facade and finished throughout with native timbers and Italian marble, this venue is the Wellington stage for both international conferences and leading performing artists alike.


Unique Features:

  • The main Auditorium seats up to 2,210 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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  • Renouf Foyer 1 & 2

    Situated on the first floor of the Michael Fowler Centre this is our most versatile space.

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  • Fay Richwhite VIP Lounge

    This lounge with natural lighting is an intimate space ideal for use as a boardroom or for pre and post show hostings.

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  • Fletcher Challenge Foyer

    The 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.

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  • Michael Fowler Centre Auditorium

    Finished throughout with native timbers, the two levels offer clear views of the stage from every seat.

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  • Civic cafe and bar

    Civic cafe and bar is located in the Wellington Convention Centre’s main foyer and offers a contemporary menu selection throughout the day. Special concert dining is catered for, and pre-concert drinks are popular with patrons.

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  • Promenades

    Located on the first and second floors of the Michael Fowler Centre, the Promenades primarily provide access to the auditorium.

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  • Lion Harbour View Lounge

    This 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.

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  • Frank Taplin Room

    Curving 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.

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