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Our Venues

Unique spaces to host your next Christchurch function or event



Conference and Event Venue

About Haere-Roa

Set on the banks of the River Avon, Haere-roa is the latest addition to the
University of Canterbury’s beautiful Ilam campus. Purpose-built for student and community use, Haere-roa is the perfect place for your next event or function.


Ngaio Marsh Theatre. A renowned performing arts venue returns with state-of-the-art AV and performance specifications. Tiered seating or flat floor; a multi-function space with unlimited event potential.

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The Dr Ngau Boon Keat Tī Kōuka Room. North-facing with stone flooring and large windows, this premium space is light, modern and warm. Space for up to 220 guests standing or seated.


Haere-roa. Designed with tradeshows, conferences, and large community events in mind. The majority of the building is available for hire as one, accommodating over 1000 guests.


The Foundry. A lively and modern bar available for private hire with a wide range of beverage options, perfect for watering thirsty guests!

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Bentley's Lounge. A multi-purpose space with modern furnishings and full AV capabilities, complemented by a large covered balcony overlooking the Avon. Designed for workshops and private parties.


Central Street. Running the length of the building, this double-height, double-width ‘street’ connects our venues and can be used as a welcome or networking space.

Event Services

Haere-roa is a brand-new, multi-function event centre, housing four individually bookable venues and many smaller breakout and meeting spaces. Haere-roa’s venues are perfect for corporate celebrations, networking events, theatre productions, weddings, product launches, conferences, trade shows, live music gigs and everything in-between!

Events and functions are central to our organisation’s DNA. We plan and host hundreds of industry-leading events each year for student, community and business stakeholders. With this in mind, Haere-roa has been designed to be a versatile and flexible venue. This versatility combined with our experienced and dedicated team of event and hospitality professionals makes us a market leading one-stop-shop for all your event needs. We’re experts in helping to plan and run your event smoothly and successfully, leaving you with more time to enjoy the night!

Contact our team now to learn more about our industry-leading hospitality, audio-visual, and event coordination services.

Availability and Bookings

Haere-roa is predominantly available for hire by business and community organisations outside of UC term time. The below table highlights our availability in this regard. Should your planned event fall outside of these times, please feel free to contact us with your enquiry as under certain circumstances we may be able to help.
We also welcome external or UC enquiries with a tertiary education focus, inside term time.



  • Located between airport and CBD


  • Strong public transport and cycle links


  • Beautifully landscaped surroundings


  • Large car park and pick up drop off area


  • One-stop-shop (AV, hospitality,
    event planning & co-ordination)  |  03 369 0555  |

Ngaio Marsh Theatre
The Foundry
Dr Ngau Boon Keat Tī Kōuka Room
Central Street
The Shilling Club

Planning a function or event on campus?

Ask us how we can help!