Begonia House Foyer

The Begonia House Foyer in Wellington's Botanic Garden can be hired for functions and weddings.

Built in 1960, the Begonia House is a stunning venue located just minutes from the central city within the Lady Norwood Rose Garden at Wellington Botanic Garden.

The Foyer is available for weddings and civil unions, formal and corporate functions, conferences, exhibitions and formal dinners after it has closed to the public.


  • up to 90 people seated
  • 120 people standing
  • main foyer area (minus the semi-circular window bay) is approximately 113m2 (8.7m x 13m)


$200 non-refundable deposit – hire time is calculated from the closure of the glasshouse to the public

  • 4 hours - $750 (minimum 4 hour hire)
  • full evening (hire ceases at 1am) - $1100

Refundable Bond required dependant on function style. Contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre for more details.


  • From the closure of the glasshouse to the public until 1am
  • Functions in the Begonia House Foyer do not include access to the Lily House.


  • Four power points
  • Fixed bench seating for 12 people
  • Catering kitchen with bench space, water heater and sink (note: no oven or refrigerator)
  • Toilets
  • No sound system or tables and chairs are provided


  • Disability access through Lady Norwood Rose Garden
  • Car park next to Lady Norwood Rose Garden
  • Car park access through Centennial entrance, Glenmore Street

Hireage conditions

  • Functions must be pre-booked and include time for setup and clearing away.
  • Self-catering is not permitted.
  • Music must be kept to a reasonable level, especially after 10pm – all music must stop by 12 midnight.
  • The venue must be left clean and tidy.
  • Clients are to remove all belongings and rubbish at the end of the function.
  • No confetti, rice, flower petals or glitter are to be scattered anywhere in the Begonia House or garden.
  • Battery-operated candles only, no open flames.
  • No barbecues inside or in front of the Begonia House.
  • The Botanic Garden and its buildings are smoke free.
  • Premises to be vacated and locked by 1am.

Frequently asked questions about getting married at the Gardens (112KB PDF)

Bookings requests

To request a booking at this venue, complete the booking form and email it to the Venue and Bookings Coordinator at

Wellington Botanic Garden and Otari-Wilton’s Bush site booking form (567KB PDF)

If you've already secured a booking and have been issued a reference number, you can pay online.

Pay a booking fee