Soundings theatre

A large auditorium venue located inside Te Papa that can seat 328. This full-sized theatre is perfect for conferences, performances, and seminars and comes fully equipped with audio-visual equipment.

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Cabaret (8)room configuration capacity


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(3m x3m booth)room configuration capacity


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Capacity charts and floor plans

View the capacity charts and floor plans for Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

About the space

A large deep-sprung stage, with a full lighting rig, means this venue has seen the likes of Royal New Zealand Ballet and even Citizenship ceremonies. The museum-size lift allows for huge impactful displays – from cars to circus acts. Whatever you choose to use the stage for, guests will enjoy it in comfort with plenty of legroom.

After 6pm, there is additional cocktail foyer space available that can accommodate up to 200 people.


If you want outstanding food, our in-house chefs can accommodate anything from healthy breakfasts to indulgent degustations. Our philosophy is to nourish people and ideas with local, sustainable, and delicious cuisine. Explore the menus.

Or, head out enjoy Wellington’s world-class hospitality scene. Both our spaces are in the city centre with lots of food options nearby.

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Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre offers modern, light-filled spaces which can be customised to suit every event.


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