Our function venues can cater for between 40 to 400 people with many options available. We employ our own catering staff in our function centre, and offer a wide choice of menus from $20pp, ranging from intimate cocktail functions to extensive lunch and dinner buffets, plated meals and suppers.

Function Venues & Info

Function Venues & Info

Seven venues to choose from to suit your particular style and needs

Function Menus

Function Menus

Seven venues to choose from to suit your particular style and needs. Menus effective from April 2021

Venue Rates

Venue Rates

Venue and room set up for your function ranging from $300 to $920 incl.GST


Making your function a real occasion.

Under the NZ Government COVID-19 Protection Framework ‘ORANGE’, Riccarton Park Function Centre requires that all people that enter the venue provide their “My Vaccine Pass’ at entry to prove that they are double vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Our entry point is staffed with a person or persons responsible for ensuring that all people entering the event: (i) has their “My Vaccine Pass” scanned or sighted and that this proves that they are double vaccinated; and

(ii) that every person entering the event scans the Government COVID Tracer QR Code for the venue or enters their name and contact phone number in the register provided for that purpose.

Evidence of a negative COVID test is not acceptable for entry.

Discretion is provided in the admission of children aged 11 or under, as they have not had the opportunity to receive the COVID vaccination.

Discretion is also provided to allow admission of a person who holds a medical exemption in relation to the COVID vaccination, but only if that exemption has been provided by the Director General of Health.


Choose our function centre and you’ll enjoy a beautiful parkland setting with a wide selection of indoor venues and outdoor areas. Our facilities can cater from 40 to 400 people with many options available. Whether you require a modern look, an elegant old-fashioned room, or an outdoor setting, we have a venue to suit your style and particular needs. And our catering options range include intimate cocktails, buffets, served and seated, or themed menus with dine and dance. We welcome your enquiry, please call today.

Riccarton Park is an ideal venue for your:

  • Private function
  • Reunion
  • Company dinner
  • Charity ball
  • Cocktail party
  • 21st party

Our Function venues with more

With all the benefits of the Riccarton Park location:

  • Quiet, park-like surroundings
  • Spacious, attractive gardens
  • Good natural light in venues
  • Committed catering staff and tailored menus to suit
  • Free car parking
  • 15 minutes from the central city
  • 8 minutes to the Christchurch international airport
  • Close to a variety of accommodation options
  • Venues catering from 40 to 450 people
  • Indoor and outdoor flow

Your venue hire will include:

  • Room set-up
  • Assistance with seating plans
  • Professional service staff
  • Crockery & glassware
  • Present table
  • All cleaning
  • Linen & Serviettes
  • Cake table
  • Use of grounds & gardens
  • Microphone & Lectern can be supplied for some rooms.
  • We work with Strawberry Sound for the majority of your Audio Visual requirements - view pricing

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Pricing information

Riccarton Park can help ease concerns over your function or event costs by offering a simple pricing system. This is based on venue hire, menu price per person plus beverage consumption. Venue hire is charged on a per day basis. We are confident that you will find our prices very competitive.


Two standard beverage lists are available i.e. on account basis - items are charged out at bulk rates based on consumption and a cash bar or running tab – drinks are rung on to the tab limit or guests pay for their own consumption. Our beverage lists are a guide only and we are more than happy to provide alternatives on request.


Our beverage price includes the following:

  • All bar service staff
  • Glassware
  • Equipment & handling


A variety of menus are available. Our menu price per head includes the following:

  • All foodservice staff
  • All crockery & equipment

Riccarton Park reserves the right to review beverage or menu prices should your conference or event date fall outside the price validity period stated on our menu or beverage lists.

tea house

The Tea House

Suitable for seated dining from 60 to 100 persons and cocktail functions from 80 to 150 persons. Sited to the west of the Grandstands in its own separate park setting, The Tea House is Riccarton Park's premium function venue. Built in 1903 and now restored to its original design, this stylistically Edwardian timber building features a wide veranda and two large roof turrets living the Tea House a pavilion-like appearance. Complimenting the exterior features, are the unique tongue & groove walls inside the venue.


The Show Gate

The delightful, old world charm of The Show Gate makes it an excellent venue for social functions for up to 300 persons (seated dining) and up to 400 persons for a cocktail party. The Show Gate has a dance floor and small stage area, which lends itself to a variety of entertainment options and is perfect for award presentations and company & school balls. An adjacent, fully landscaped Lawn Court area also provides attractive outdoor options.

the showgate
The Balmerino or Nightmarch Rooms

The Balmerino or Nightmarch Rooms

Suitable for 50 -150 persons seated dining in the Balmerino Room. Cocktail functions can accommodate up to 300 persons in the Balmerino Room and 350 persons in the Nightmarch Room. Both rooms are located within a modern, architecturally designed and functional complex that is ideal for social functions. With guests able to move between the rooms, numerous options are available for a variety of social functions. Bar facilities in the Nightmarch Room make it ideal for pre-meal or after dinner socialising. These rooms ideally lend themselves to company functions


Outdoor Areas

The use of these areas are free if a venue is booked. Outdoor tables and chairs are an additional cost. Riccarton Park's mature trees and grassed areas provide the ideal setting for a BBQ, picnic or company sports day.

We also have a range of hotels/motels nearby for those that need accomodation. See Accommodation in Christchurch & Canterbury and the range of Christchurch options when attending your next event at Riccarton Park.

riccarton park grounds

We make good things happen

Please contact us today to find out more about the venue.

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What People Think

Thank you to you and your team for organising our event, we have had fabulous feedback and will certainly look at holding future workshops at your venue.


Anja Woltmann


June 2021

We wish to thank your team for putting up a lovely Xmas lunch for our club yesterday. The ham was beautifully cooked and a good selections of condiments and salad to go with it. The Xmas tarts were delicious too. Having the function room opening to the outdoor area for lunch was a brilliant idea and I think those who did really enjoy that too.


S Wee

15 December 2020