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The exterior of Karaka Cafe at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke over the water.

Managed by Wellington Functions and located a two-minute walk from Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre and Te Papa, the venue offers four contemporary spaces catering for up to 500 guests. This venue provides both indoor-outdoor flow on the ground floor and stunning views on the first.

The Karaka Café is also available for private hire over the quieter autumn and winter seasons. Full onsite food and beverage operators mean they can offer a great experience, underpinned by cultural values.


  • Waterfront location.
  • Close to Te Papa and the city centre.
  • On-site Karaka café.
A meeting room set up for an event at the Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Function Centre.

Rooms available

Spaces Floor area Ceiling height Theatre Banquet Cocktail Boardroom U-shape Cabaret
Te Puni Room 167m² 4.5m 140 100 150 30 35 72
Mokopuna Room 70m² 4.5m 50 32 50 20 25 24
Mākaro Room 215m² 3.0m 280 240 300 - - 147
Matiu Room 167m² 4.5m 140 100 150 30 35 72
Karaka Café -   - 100 160 - -