Where to hold your Christmas party in Wellington

2020 has been a long exhausting year, and we all deserve a great party to end this year. We have come up with a variety of flexible venues that can suit any group size and budget. Wellington offers a great selection of bars, restaurants and unique function spaces. We have picked the top 7 places in Wellington to hold your Christmas party.

Te Papa

Make your Christmas party unique and memorable this year with Te Papa. Give your guest a different experience than any regular bar or restaurant. Te Papa has a variety of beautiful venues where you will be surrounded by modern art and architecture, decorated with Maori inspired art. You can also modify the packages based on your requirements. Book minibus and driver hire in Wellington for the maximum comfort of your guests. 

Christmas Lunch Private Function includes a cocktail and BBQ buffet for up to 50 people. Dinner Party Private Function offers a glorious sit-down dinner of a minimum of 75 people. For an evening of cocktails and canapes for 75 to 150 people, go for Cocktail Party Private Function. Te Papa also provides Christmas at your place service where you can get delicious food delivered to your doorstep.

Coene’s Bar and Eatery

Coene’s Bar and Eatery offers Wellington’s best harbourside views. It is a perfect place for a casual Christmas party. It lies at the iconic Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. They offer banquet, platter and canape style parties. It can accommodate 90 guests for a sit-down dinner and 115 for cocktail style party. The open deck will provide your guests with an excellent waterfront view.  The food here is a mix of various cuisine made with fresh local ingredients. The team at Coene’s is very professional and helpful. 

Southern Cross Garden Bar

Southern Cross Garden Bar in Te Aro is a favourite amongst the locals. They specialise in arranging wide varieties of private functions. The staff is friendly and cooperative. Cosy space suitable for everyone. Choose from five areas where you can host your party, private or semi-private depending on your preference. These areas are The Porch, The Gallery, The Guest Room, The Lounge, and The Tree Hut. 

The Porch is perfect for a casual Christmas gathering of up to 40 people. It is a semi-private cosy space with open fireplace, and blankets if the weather gets chilly. The Gallery is ideal for a sit-down dinner of up to 25 people. The furniture arrangement is flexible, and they will also provide a privacy shield on request. The Guest Room comes with a dedicated bar and sound system, suitable for larger parties up to 50 guests for sit down dinner. If you want to have a cocktail party, then The Lounge has a spacious area for up to 45 people. The Tree Hut is a welcoming outdoor space for an intimate dinner of 20 to 45 people. You can also combine different area for a large Christmas party. 

Foxglove Bar and Kitchen

Foxglove Bar and Kitchen is a gorgeous space with an old-world charm. It lies at the centre of wellington’s Queens Wharf, overlooking the ocean. The three separate bars Reflects the glamour of 1940, and each bar has a unique sense of charm and history. 

The Queens Wharf Ballroom is massive and main event space with a capacity of 150 to 300 people, a private entry and a deck. The Games Room will give direct access to the main bar. Here you can host 45 guests seated and 70 cocktail style. For a big event, Foxtail Whyski Den can host a private function of up to 100 people. 


Olive is a popular hot spot on Cuba street serving modern New Zealand cuisine. It is famous for its beautiful and green courtyard space. The unique, friendly ambience is chic and relaxing. They cater to all kinds of functions, be it canapes and drinks or a sit-down dinner party. There are two function spaces, a dining room and a garden. 

If you are planning an intimate Christmas dinner parties for your close group of friends or family, then the Dining Room is ideal for that. The Garden gives a unique outdoor experience for a party of up to 20 people. Two and three-course set dining menus are exclusive for private functions. Chef Jamie Morgan uses seasonal local ingredients cooked with traditional and contemporary technology to create a balanced menu.

The Arborist

The Arborist is a stylish venue, suitable for both cocktail and dinner parties. You can hire either the Rooftop or the Private Function Space downstairs. The Private Function Space can host up to 45 seated and 65 standing guests. There is an area outside the Private Function Space which you can incorporate for additional guests. Rooftop is only available for a private function of up to 50 people. There is an added advantage of on-site catering team which will take care of the food. The event team is passionate and willing to guide you through the planning process. 


If you want your Christmas party all about good food and drinks, then Apache is the ideal place for that. Apache serves modern Vietnamese cuisine with a french twist. They are open for private functions. They offer a set banquet menu for large bookings. Dishes on the menu are ideal for sharing. The beverage menu includes New Zeland and Vietnamese wine and beer. Even with the modern take, the flavours of the dishes stay loyal to authentic Vietnamese taste – sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and salty. In a nutshell, Apache is a simple place serving fantastic food.

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