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Impressive and versatile: Christchurch Function Centre

“Impressive and versatile” – those are the words used to describe the Christchurch Function Centre at The Redwood. And versatile it certainly is, with its four unique function rooms.



The Prestons Room is the largest, catering for up to 300 guests for a cocktail-style event or for 200 banquet-style. The intimate Heartwood Bar is perfect for smaller events or an ideal space for drinks before dinner in the Prestons Room.

Add in the Styx Room and the Springs Room, as well as the beautiful outdoor gardens and courtyard, and any type and size of event can be accommodated. Christmas parties, birthdays, weddings, graduations, trade shows and dinners – the possibilities are endless and the team at the Christchurch Function Centre delights in helping guests celebrate.

The experienced chefs conjure up delicious menus and flexible catering options from buffet meals and à la carte dinners to platters and canapés.

Email the Events Manager for more information.



Charming rural event setting: The Oaks of Darfield

Enjoy the warmth of Kiwi hospitality in a charming, rural setting at The Oaks of Darfield, the perfect place for evening dining, casual lunches, private formal dinners, cocktail parties and boutique weddings.


Mixing tradition with fresh, modern influences, The Oaks of Darfield is a historic Canterbury homestead surrounded by a mature oak trees and boasting a large garden with a sunny courtyard – a spectacular venue ideal for large social gatherings like weddings and birthday parties.

No celebration would be complete without delicious cuisine! The Oaks is renowned for exquisitely fine dining, so you can sit back and let the talented team take care of the catering. They have your accommodation sorted with three luxurious guest rooms, all equipped with queen size beds, private bathrooms, flat screen televisions and free wireless internet access.

Due to popular demand, reservations are essential. Phone 03 318 7686 or visit



Tranquil conference haven: Rosebank Estate

Some of the best conference venues are closer than we think. Rosebank Estate is a tranquil haven only six minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from our CBD.



The venue rooms accommodate groups of 10 to 150, while the four conference rooms offer flexibility of seating style, set up in advance by Rosebank staff.

For gatherings of more than 100 delegates, the main function room in its wine cellar setting is combined with the marquee to make for a stunning, memorable conference; for smaller gatherings, the Riesling Room or Cabernet Cottage provides the perfect alternative.

Rosebank has ample free parking, the highest quality catering, Wi-Fi and all necessary conference equipment, such as sound systems, data projector, microphone, plus a stage for merchandise launches or guest speakers.

The ‘Conference After Five’ option offers dinner or canapés and the finest selection of wines from Rosebank Estate’s own vineyard.

Email or visit



Luxury at Latimer

Christchurch’s buzzing central city is home to Rydges Latimer hotel and its premium steakhouse restaurant Bloody Mary’s.



Rydges Latimer embraces the largest in-hotel conference venues in Christchurch – an entire floor dedicated to successful meetings and events. The spaces are flexible, catering to everything from top-tier corporate training to gorgeous weddings.

The 11 rooms are filled with natural light, contain in-built AV technology and free WiFi. Up to 400 guests can be catered to by dedicated professional event planners who organise every detail – from catering menus to decorations, to fit all needs and budgets.

Always a dining experience to remember, Bloody Mary’s also offers private facilities and stylish spaces to suit your mood and party. Hugh’s Whisky Library or Master Ridley’s Private Dining Hall have been recently updated and are looking fabulous. À la carte, buffet, cocktail or roaming menus are complemented by Bloody Mary’s exceptional service.



It’s happening at Universo

Owners of Universo, Madlen and Wayne Shaw, have achieved what eludes so many: sophistication and style in an atmosphere of family-friendly comfort and approachability.



Its three spaces – the café, restaurant and bar – can be used individually for functions, or you can have exclusive use of all three. The space seats up to 100 for dining, 140 for cocktails or up to 200 using the outside space in favourable weather.

Universo offers a set menu, canapé or cocktail-style catering. Christmas function bookings are available but going fast, and weddings and private/corporate events are a specialty.

While brunch is busy, Universo comes into its own for evening dining; the warmth of the russet and tan interior is complemented by the view of the twinkling city lights through the expanse of the Art Gallery’s glass walls.

Beautiful menus, patterned with cherished gallery favourites, offer fine food as well as sharing plates, while the café cabinet mixes old and new favourites.



The Vineyard at Rossendale

Endless possibilities: Rossendale Vineyard

Think of a chameleon and the way it adapts to suit the circumstances. Rossendale Vineyard has that same adaptability.



It’s such a versatile setting with its large main room, three smaller rooms, acres of outdoor garden area and ample car parking that it is ideal for any function or event.

The venue has hosted conferences, seminars, small meetings, product launches, corporate dinners, yoga retreats and school leavers’ dinners. Possible ways of using the spaces for groups from two to 200 are endless. If your function is a conference the provision of all necessary audio-visual equipment can be arranged.

And, at Rossendale Vineyard, it’s a given that you will be very well fed. Delicious, nutritious and interesting food is the hallmark of the venue.

Phone Rossendale Vineyard on 03 322 7780 or email and the friendly, professional staff will supply you with an obligation-free quotation.



Slice of paradise: Methven Resort

Situated against a breathtaking backdrop of the Southern Alps, Methven Resort offers an idyllic, exclusive event venue for creating unforgettable, seamless experiences.


Nestled within the perfect slice of New Zealand paradise, the resort is the ultimate venue for hosting conferences, weddings and other celebrations. Take your pick from their variety of function rooms, including Methven’s largest conference venue, which can accommodate up to 450 people, and let the dedicated team take care of the rest.

Delicious set menus using fresh, local produce can be tailored to suit your budget and requirements, and your accommodation needs are catered for with 47 affordable, warm and inviting rooms.

Soak up the spectacular scenery while relaxing in one of three outdoor hot pools or unwind by the crackling open fire in the piano bar as you peruse an extensive wine list and indulge in a delicious cheese platter.

Visit or phone 03 302 8724.



Welcoming and peaceful venue: La Vida Centre

Purpose-built and established by Life Church in 2006, La Vida Centre is a welcoming and peaceful venue offering amazing flexibility of space.



Facilities Manager Adrian Dinnissen says, “The heart behind La Vida was to welcome all of Christchurch – this is a place for the whole community to use”.

Conveniently sited in Upper Riccarton, with 20 eateries and the Bush Inn Centre at its doorstep, the quiet venue is set off the street – with 190 onsite carparks.

From leader’s debates, international artists, large corporates and government agencies to staff and product training, La Vida has become a regular venue for many.

The two-tiered auditorium caters to 725 and sports a triple-wide projector for presentations, has premium seating – with a comfortable two-hour commercial rating – and unique flexibility to rearrange the floor plan. The other three function rooms, and a fully equipped café and kitchen, welcomes outside catering and groups of any size.




Stress-free events

Event Coordinator is right up there in the ‘most stressful jobs’ lists, where it stands its own against airline pilot, police officer and broadcaster. Enough said. We’ve collected, collated and created a list of top tips for maintaining a cool head if event planning is next on your to-do list.



  1. Don’t budge on budget
    We know, we know, it sounds easier than it is, right? But this is one time that it’s critical that you become besties with spreadsheets and get comfortable crunching numbers because budget is critical to avoiding stress.
  2. Piece it together
    Events are a little like a large-scale Meccano set; A can’t be done until B is done, but B is reliant on X, Y and Z. Set a realistic plan of how it will fit together, then set small, manageable goals to make things simple and stress-free.
  3. In the loop
    Be sure to develop a clear communication plan between all those involved. Group chat, email or an online project management tool are great ways to collaborate, keeping communication lines open and ongoing.
  4. Back-up plan
    Spend a few extra hours coming up with contingency plans. You may not be able to control the weather or anticipate a tech failure, but you can come up with a plan to alleviate the stress if they do happen.
  5. Breathe
    You’re stuck to your budget, your back-up plans are in place and you’re set to rock the socks off your guests… but you’re still stressing! Stop, take a break and just breathe. Take a minute to reflect on what you’ve pulled off. You.



Revive yourself: Urban Revival

Sit back and relax at Urban Revival, a warm and inviting café nestled in the heart of the Silverstream subdivision.



Here you’ll find hearty comfort food to revive your body and mind, including scrumptious baked treats, raw slices and platters to share. Try a delicious Switch coffee as you peruse the menu – their gluten-free bacon and egg nests and creamy mushrooms on chef’s hash are popular choices. Head down on a Friday evening to enjoy a delicious dinner and a pint of one of their five refreshing tap beers or ciders.

Looking to host a small work ‘do’ or meeting? Take advantage of their beautiful private function room boasting a 14-seat dining table. The entire venue can also be hired for private functions and the team will happily take care of your catering needs. Urban Revival regularly plays host to a variety of events, so you can relax knowing your function or meeting is in capable hands.