Host your next event with the stunning backdrop of the Nelson Harbour and The Cut. The Aurora Lounge is available to hire in a variety of different formats / rates depending on the type of event. Please note, the hire period needs to include all the time that you require access to the lounge – eg. for deliveries, set-up and pack-down.


Weekday Rates (Mon-Thurs)

Hourly rate3-5hrs (daytime only)$70/hr
Corporate8am – 5pm$360
Evening6pm – midnight$360
Full Day8am – midnight$450
Celebrations of Life / Tangi / Memorialsflexible$300
Small group / short meeting feeflexibleContact us
Community GroupsflexibleContact us

Weekend Rates (Fri-Sun)

Friday Wedding / Party8am Fri – 8am Sat$750
Extra Prep6pm Thurs – 8am Fri$250
Extra Pack-Up*8am – midday Sat$250 if available
*Not bookable in advance. Can be arranged 2 weeks prior to your event if there are no conflicting bookings
Saturday Wedding / Party10am Sat – 8am Sun$1000
Extra Prep6pm Fri – 10am Sat$350
Extra Pack-Up8am – midday Sun$350
The Big Weekend”4pm Fri – 4pm Sun*$1500 total
*Please contact us if timings don’t quite suit – there is flexibility here.
NB. A 25% Discount is available on Saturday / Big Weekend hires during the winter months of June, July and August.
Sunday Wedding / Party10am Sun – 8am Mon$750
Extra Prep*4pm Sat – 10am Sun$250 if available
Extra Pack-Up8am – midday Mon$250
*Not bookable in advance. Can be arranged 2 weeks prior to your event if there are no conflicting bookings

All hires are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Hire.

NYC Aurora Lounge Bare Venue Hire Rates

Included in the hire rates

  • 96 padded chairs*
  • 12 x six seater rectangular tables (1500 x 750)*
  • 12 x four seater square tables (750 x 750)*
  • Cleaning (basic clean – if excessively messy/dirty, extra cleaning will be charged)
  • 1x 240l General Waste Bin
  • 1x 240l Glass Recycling Bin

*You can hire-in chair and table covers from Continental Events (or similar) if required.

Extra Charges

  • Additional Cleaning $50.00 per hour 
  • Extra Rubbish $15.00 per liner

Payment Details

  • Deposit – to confirm booking 50% of the hire fee
  • Bond – This is refundable on the 20th of the month following the event.
  • Bonds are determined on a case by case basis depending on the type of event. As a guide, a weekend evening event (party/wedding etc…) would normally be $1000. We do accept 21st Birthday parties on a case by case basis, with a minimum bond of $2000.
  • Bond and balance are required no less than 14 days prior to the event.


  • Nourish Catering is our in-house caterer. All catering must be organised through Nourish.
  • For more details click here
  • Please contact Chanté direct on or 0212161184
  • The lounge may be hired for non-catered and self-catered events but with no access to the kitchen.

Alcohol & Licensing

The Aurora Lounge is unlicensed and a venue where you can supply your own alcohol to guests FOC. Should you wish to run a cash bar for your event, you will need to arrange a special license. We recommend contacting a provider such as Nelson Venues or Pop Up Events.


The maximum number of people permitted is 185. To achieve the numbers below, extra tables and chairs would need to be arranged. Suggested capacity in different formats:

Event styleSuggested capacity
Banquet (dancefloor & stage)90
  • Lounge dimensions – 14m x 15m
  • Dance floor dimensions – 5m x 9m
  • Bar Area:
    • Commercial Glass Steriliser – please follow instructions!
    • Sink
    • Chillers
      • glass front:       length 2.3m    height 750mm    depth 600mm
      • under bench:   length 1.9m    height 800mm    depth 600mm
  • Bathrooms
    • Mens – 1x toilet cubicle, urinal, 2x hand basins
    • Ladies – 2x toilet cubicles, 2x hand basins
  • Accessibility – A platform lift, rated to 400Kg or 3 persons, allows wheelchair access from the lower deck and the main landing between Nahm and the Aurora Lounge.


There are many way you can set up for an event in the lounge, and it will depend on the type of event, your numbers, whether you are using club tables and chairs or hiring in, etc… However, here is a visualisation of a 100 person wedding, including top table, band & dancefloor, buffet / grazing table, using 10 seater round tables (hire in from Continental Events).

Below is an example of a layout for ~100 using the club tables and chairs, with covers and a few extra tables and bar leaners hired-in. Tables can be moved aside after the meal to clear the dance floor.