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Begonia House at the Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden is a scenic, popular place for weddings and events. There are a number of picturesque settings for hire. As it is a public garden, no part may be hired exclusively.
Functions, as well as photo sessions, must be pre-booked. Wedding photos can be taken anywhere in the Garden (bookings necessary), but photography sessions are not permitted inside Begonia House.
Small weddings - of around 20-30 guests - can be held almost anywhere in the Garden. Large weddings may be held on the Dell and Magpie lawns, Puriri and Linden lawns by the Duck Pond, and on Remembrance Ridge.
Please note, you're not allowed to spread confetti, rice, glitter or flower petals anywhere in the Garden.
Marquees are only permitted on The Dell between November and April, and must be erected by a marque company. The Garden does not provide marquees. More information on Marquees.
The foyer of the Begonia House is available for weddings and cocktail functions from 5pm, after the House has closed to the public. The foyer takes up to 90 people seated at tables (depending on your configuration), and 120 for standing receptions. You must engage a caterer to hire this venue and arrange your own seating and sound system. The temperature is 16 - 20°C. A catering kitchen is available.
Magpie Lawn - above the Glenmore Street West entrance and below the Mariri Road entrance - is a spacious summer venue for large functions. There are toilets 400m away in the Main Garden.
The Dell - behind the Begonia House - is a good size for large picnics, functions and public performances. Three-phase power and water is available, and there are toilets nearby. Service vehicles are the only vehicles allowed in this area. Amplified music must stop at 10pm.
The Soundshell - just inside the Main Garden - can hold up to 600 people and has a stage. Toilets are located nearby in the Main Garden.
The Treehouse Visitor Centre provides information and houses the Garden's administration office.
There is a seminar room that can be booked for seminars and workshops, but not social events. The seminar room seats up to 35 people in a theatre style seating arrangement, or 20 people around tables.
To book the Picnic Café, contact them directly.
Pay for a botanic gardens venue
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