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Our facilities hire

We provide modern purpose-built meeting and conference facilities that are ideal for a variety of corporate events, from small meetings, all-day workshops and seminars to cocktail functions.

The building, built in 2012, is conveniently located in Thorndon, Wellington and is built to state-of-the-art earthquake-proof standards. Each room offers natural light and pleasant surroundings.

Our capable and helpful team will assist you to ensure a successful function.


 AronuiLectureTheatre  Whare Hui 1  Whare Hui 2  Whare Hui 3
Aronui Lecture Theatre Whare Hui 1 Whare Hui 2 Kete o te Wānanga

We are located at 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington. (A 5-10 minute walk from train and bus stations and with easy access from the motorway onto Murphy Street).

On weekdays during business hours there is no onsite parking.

There is metered street parking on Murphy Street.

Room Hire Rates, Sizes and Capacity

Rooms are hired on an hourly rate; minimum 3 hrs. All prices are exclusive of GST.

Standard hours of hire are 8.30am-4.30pm. Bookings outside these hours may incur extra charges.

The lecture theatre is situated on the ground floor with air conditioning, built-in projectors and screens in three positions, hearing loop, wheelchair access and can be opened onto an external garden courtyard.

The meeting rooms are situated on level 1 with both stair and lift access. These rooms are air conditioned, offer fixed whiteboards/projection screens with floor hubs for electronic equipment. The individual rooms can be opened to form one larger room if required.

The third meeting room on the ground level is ideal for conferences, meetings and cocktail functions. It includes an interactive presentation panel.

Capacity may be limited when catering is required. The schedule below shows maximum numbers without catering. Please contact our events coordinator to discuss capacity if catering is included.


Aronui Conference Room 180 150 80 165 50 35 80 200
Whare Hui 1 40 - - - 16 - - 80
Whare Hui 2 40 - - - 16 - - 80
Whare Hui (Joint Kete 1&2) 80 - - 50 20 - - 160
Kete o te Wānanga  100 40 30 50 25 18 - 170

Room Layouts

Room layouts

Also for Hire:

  Minimum charge (up to 3 hrs) (GST excl) Over 3 hrs (GST excl)
PC Package (includes the use of laptop computer, pointer, data projector and screen or interactive presentation panel) 70 100
Electronic whiteboard Included
Whiteboard Included
Wireless Internet Access Included
Teleconference Unit (direct costs including technician time will be on charged if RSNZ audio conference facilities used) 20 40
Videoconference Unit (direct costs including technician time will be on charged if RSNZ videoconference facilities used) 100 150
Lectern with microphone 25 40
Handheld/lapel microphone 25 40
Flipchart stand & paper 25 40
Pad/paper/pens $1 per person
Security charge (needed for all hires outside office hours) $50

Audio Visual Facilities

Fully integrated audio-visual facilities are available to cater for most requirements. The lecture theatre is fitted with three high resolution data projectors and drop-down screens. If you are bringing your own laptop for use in the lecture theatre, please test it on our system before the event.


Catering is provided by external parties. We are happy to organise this for you for morning/afternoon teas and lunches (please see the notes above as catering may affect numbers).

We work closely with several very experienced and professional catering companies who are familiar with the facilities available.

  Per Person Charge
Tea / coffee $5 (up to 3 hrs, minimum charge); over 3 hrs $10
Water Included
Mints (if requested) No extra charge


To check availability, please email: rooms@royalsociety.org.nz or phone reception 04 4727421 to discuss. Download Facilities Brochure.

We look forward to hearing from you, and working with you to ensure the success of your function.