The Soundshell, Wellington Botanic Garden - venue for hire

You can hire the Soundshell in Wellington Botanic Garden for weddings, formal outdoor functions or ceremonies.


The Soundshell sits inside the Founders Entrance to the Wellington Botanic Garden on Glenmore Street in Thorndon.

An ideal space for small wedding groups (under 20) and formal outdoor functions.

Find out more about venue hire at the Botanic Gardens:

Venue Hire at Botanic Garden and Otari-Wilton's Bush (366KB PDF)

Capacity 500 people
Cost $120 non-refundable booking fee. Other fees may apply.
Availability Anytime, but no amplified music is allowed after 10pm. Unfortunately, the Soundshell cannot be hired exclusively.
  • Toilet
  • Power
  • Disabled access in Main Garden.
  • Vehicles are not permitted in the Garden.

Hireage conditions

  • Marquees can't be used at the Soundshell.
  • Please remove all rubbish at the end of your event.
  • No ball or frisbee games, and no spikes in the ground.
  • Barbeques can't be used at the Soundshell.

Booking and payment

To request a booking at this venue, complete the appropriate booking forms:

If you have already secured a booking, you can pay online:

Pay for botanic garden venue