Well, didn’t the festive season just creep up on us like a snowball to the face?! Season’s greetings, Auckland. After the initial shock of the fact that you’ll have to do all of your Christmas shopping in just four weekends (the horror), take a moment to realise you’ve probably forgotten to plan your office Christmas party. Ho, ho, holy sh…
Just because you’ve left all the fun and games to the last minute, doesn’t mean you have to settle for a table at your local pub. We’ve pulled together this handy list of awesome to have your Christmas party in Auckland that will make your festive activities all sorts of jolly.
The Sawmill Brewery
To really get into the holiday swing of things, sometimes you need to get out of town. Situated in Matakana, The Sawmill Brewery is the perfect spot to escape the Christmas hype. The beers are cold, the food is divine and there’s beanbags for relaxing… what’s not to love?! Oh, and if that’s not enough, the selection of brews is massssive!
Jump aboard a ferry to Waiheke Island and make a beeline for Casita Miro. Taking inspo from Spain and the wider Mediterranean, this stunning restaurant is all about tasty tapas and Spanish sherries! Choose from the four course fiesta menu or the five-course estupendo menu. Christmas = sorted.
The Garden Shed
For a beautiful (and delish) Christmas do, look no further than The Garden Shed. The garden sanctuary doubles as one of the most beautiful restaurants in Auckland. Their stunning courtyard area can host up to 65 people. What’s more, the area is covered and heated—perfect for that dodgy December weather.
The Sapphire Room
Hosting many of the most glamorous events in Auckland, The Sapphire Room is Ponsonby Central's own dose of fabulosity. The wooden floors and industrial windows transport you to a NYC-style loft. For the perfect Christmas function, have your event catered by The Platter Collective.
White + Wong’s
White + Wong’s has not one, not two, but SIX (!) function spaces catering for groups of six to 40. Our fave area has got to be their aptly named water-view room that boasts views of the glistening Waitemata Harbour. It’s the perfect pozzy to eat countless dishes of noodles, curries and dumplings—some of the best in Auckland, too.
The Wine Cave
Well, hello The Wine Cave—it would quite frankly be rude not to mention you on this wonderful Chrissy list. Providing a unique and fun experience, if there’s one thing we can guarantee it’s that your wine consumption will rise at a hefty pace. The team also offer extensive catering from appetisers to buffets right through to seated plated meals. Take your pick, amigo.
Locals favourite rooftop bar, Dr Rudi’s is the essence of classy casual. The brewers corner is the ideal spot for a get together for 25-30 peeps. Boasting sea views while conveniently located right next to the bar—dehydratation just ain’t an option, kids. Or, for a function with up to 200 humans, choose the lanes with free (yep, free!) use of both bowling allies. Pre order some tasty nibbles or the set menu and you’re good to go.
The trendiest spot for your Christmas function, Gypsy Caravan keeps things smooooth. We’re talking casual vibes, colourful themes and a hella good menu. With five different event options, Gypsy Caravan caters for up to 350 people! The crystal ball private dining function is hard to go past, featuring a private bartender and all the yums. FYI you could prob wear your santa hat and fit in fab.It's one of the best places to host your Christmas party in Auckland this year.
The Glass Goose
Wanting to take your festive cheer to the CBD? Make a reservation at The Glass Goose. They cater for everything from corporate work functions to Christmas draaanks with your nearest and dearest. What sets this venue apart from your average is the ‘up-skirt’ view of the Sky Tower from the courtyard’s garden-like oasis.
Also in the city, Everybody’s caters for, err, everybody! The historic theatre space has a large open-air courtyard and spilt level dining areas. Book your par-taaay here and choose between a set menu (feat. buttermilk fried chicken and pan-seared market fish) or a grazing menu (feat. grilled halloumi sliders and braised lamb shoulder nuggets).
Ok so, it specialises in Russian-inspired slow-cooked eats, and naturally, vodka. How could we not mention the Vodka Room? To make it even better (as if delish food and a celebration of vodka weren’t enough), you can hire out the venue for all your Christmas shenanigans. You have the option to hire out the function room with a bar fully equipped to make everyone and anyone very happy, or one of the karaoke rooms #workhardplayhard.
Modern, sophisticated and elegant. There’s really no other way to describe The Orange…other than well, orange? At this space you can guarantee that your Chrissy event is a-class. Their events coordinator will sort literally errything for you. Plus, The Orange team with The Great Catering Co. to ensure the menu is fit for the finest of foodies. If Jamie Oliver were invited to our function, we’d host it here.
Soul Bar & Bistro
Somehow wine just tastes a whole lot better at Soul Bar. It may be the unbeatable views or the food (AKA the oysters) that do it, either way, this truly is an inner city escape. Their function room doesn’t fail to impress with glass screens separating the room from the bar, it accommodates up to 30 guests with a set menu. Otherwise, the outdoor terrace can seat 40 guests while the interior restaurant seats up to 80! All fabulous choices if you ask us. It's a great place to host your Christmas party in Auckland this year.
One of the best Asian-fusion joints in town is offering up their funky space to hold your Christmas dos, and we could not be happier! Christmas is a time to celebrate, what better way to do so than at Mekong Baby?! Whether you opt for the private dining room, the intimate booth or the function room—there are several amaze options and your event is bound to be a hit!
Located in Parnell, the sophisticated and dreamy atmosphere provided by Cibo is one we highly recommend. Catering for a wide range of events, the lovely folk at Cibo are guaranteed to ease any Christmas host/hostess stress you may be experiencing! The picturesque venue includes an outside option of the private courtyard with a surrounding fishpond or an equally amazing indoor space.
Pilkingtons have their own events manager who will literally plan things right down to the photographer or live DJ. With seating options up to 100 people and standing up to 200, choose from the set, grazing or canapé menu. Think kingfish sashimi, duck confit and chocolate soufflé tart to finish—you’ll be known as the party planner of the year. Hah.
The Tasting Shed
Take your Christmas spirit out West to The Tasting Shed. Book their open-air cabana and, once your belly is filled with delish eats and drinks, lounge under sun umbrellas on the lawn’s beanbags. FYI your tastebuds are about to go on the adventure of their lifetime.
Have your Christmas party in Auckland at New Zealand’s most-awarded winery (impressive title, huh?). Villa Maria’s carefully crafted Christmas functions cater for groups of 20 to 200 people and include canapes and bubbles followed by a three-course menu. What’s more, they also provide Christmas crackers—yay!
In keeping with the location, this dining spot draws inspo from the proximity to the sea. Host your Christmas event here and enjoy the delish food and the gorgeous seaside décor that celebrates the summer/holiday season. Christmas in NZ = Summer Vibes. And The Franklin has you sorted!
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Image credit: Kellie Blizard at The Garden Shed