Auditorium (Taiwhanga Kauhau)

Our spaces

Learn about each of the spaces available at the Tikiwai Conference Centre.

A space for every kind of event

The Tiakiwai Conference Centre offers a variety of diverse, complimentary spaces. All spaces can be used separately or together in various combinations to suit your event needs.

Each space features:

  • the latest AV technology, and
  • dedicated equipment and furniture.

Prices and packages
Venue services


Auditorium (Taiwhanga Kauhau)

Rated as 'one of the best small auditoria in the Asia Pacific region' our state-of-the-art Auditorium features:

  • unique, acoustic-enhancing design
  • 170 seats with fold-out leaner tables
  • the latest AV systems supporting pre-set and custom modes
  • lectern with mic, confidence monitor, and AV user interface
  • hearing induction loop and wheelchair seating
  • AV control room
  • configurable stage with dedicated furniture
  • presenters’ preparation room with private stage access
  • roving, lapel, and earset microphones
  • digital signage
Empty auditorium showing seats, podium, and beautiful wood panelling.
View of the Auditorium facing the stage.

Seminar rooms — Thorndon and Pipitea

The Thorndon and Pipitea Rooms are situated opposite our Auditorium, and with a plate-up kitchen just around the corner.

Our seminar rooms can be used separately as small meeting rooms or can be combined to form a large space ideal for Auditorium overflow audiences, breakouts, or self-contained presentations, meetings, and workshops. Both rooms feature:

  • ceiling-integrated speaker system
  • lighting supporting various modes
  • ceiling-mounted projector and motorised screen
  • basic lectern
  • wireless microphone with stand
  • whiteboard
Rooms set up in a classroom style.
Thorndon and Pipitea seminar rooms combined in a classroom style.

Tiakiwai Foyer

The Tiakiwai Foyer provides direct access to event facilities on the lower ground floor, including the Auditorium, Seminar Rooms, and plate-up kitchen.

Although not a self-contained event space, the Tiakiwai Foyer can be used as a breakout space or to host Auditorium overflow audiences, and can be conveniently accessed via our Aitken Street entrance.

The Tiakiwai Foyer features:

  • assorted soft seating
  • a reception desk with coat-check, and
  • a multi-screen display that supports digital signage and live-streaming from the Auditorium.
Tiakiwai foyer
Tiakiwai Foyer photo taken from the entrance on Aitken Street.

Te Ahumairangi Foyer

Our Te Ahumairangi Foyer welcomes visitors to the Library and provides direct access to many of our event spaces and attractions. on our ground floor, including the multi-award winning He Tohu exhibition, our exhibition spaces, shop, and more.

This open, dynamic space can be configured with AV technology, furniture, and other equipment to accommodate large-scale receptions, ceremonies, banquet dinners, and cocktail functions.

An event in the Te Ahumairangi foyer.
Te Ahumairangi foyer set up for an event with the Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala-Marsh.

Programme Rooms — Te Wehenga and Malaga Pasifika Rooms

The Programme Rooms are conveniently connected to Te Ahumairangi Foyer, and are ideal for presentations, meetings, and workshops.

Much like our Seminar rooms they can be used separately or can be combined to form a large space, however only Te Wehenga has AV equipment.

Rooms set up with chairs facing a podium.

Turnbull Room

Branching from Te Ahumairangi Foyer, the Turnbull Room is a small, boutique space rich with possibility.

The Turnbull Room features polished wooden floors and marble pillars that give it a unique feel, this space can be configured to suit a variety of intimate events.

Room with polished floor and white marble walls.
Turnbull Room.

Supported configurations and capacities

Choose from our wide range of contemporary and versatile spaces.

The capacity of our spaces is designed to ensure the safety of your attendees so pick a space that will suit the size of your event.

Ground floor — Te Ahumairangi

Space Size (m2) Theatre Classroom Cocktail Banquet U-shape Cabaret Boardroom
Te Ahumairangi Foyer 208 180 80 250 120 - 80 -
Te Wehenga Room 63.3 40 36 40 - 18 - 18
Malaga Pasifika Room 50.9 40 36 40 - 18 - 18
Programme Room — Te Wehenga and Malaga Pasifika combined 114.2 80 60 80 54 30 36 30
Turnbull Room 55 40 30 35 24 - - 20

Lower Ground Floor — Tiakiwai

Space Size (m2) Theatre Classroom Cocktail Banquet U-shape Cabaret Boardroom
Auditorium 225 170 - - - - - -
Thorndon Room 60 40 36 40 - 20 - 20
Pipitea Room 60 40 36 40 - 18 - 18
Tiakiwai Seminar Room — Thorndon and Pipitea combined 120 80 60 80 60 35 36 35

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Feature image at top: Auditorium (Taiwhanga Kauhau) at the National Library.