Massey Venues

Wharerata for Wedding, Conferences and More

Palmerston North


Palmerston North

Conveniently located on Massey’s Manawatū Campus, this tranquil homestead and gardens provide a private and picturesque backdrop for any event. The idyllic setting and outstanding indoor-outdoor flow make Wharerata the venue of choice when hosting conferences, weddings, garden parties, gala dinners, and family celebrations.

We know you can’t go it alone when organizing a special event, so our experienced staff will guide you through the planning process to ensure everything runs to perfection. We offer a full range of services from professional catering (indoor, outdoor, and even off-site) with a superb on-site cafe and bar, beautiful rose gardens, marquees for outdoor events, and much, much more.

As a character venue and events center, Wharerata is simply unique! Match turn-of-the-century stately grandeur with contemporary features and stunning grounds and you have an icon in the Manawatu events landscape. Our personalized service guarantees you an enjoyable and stress-free experience, one our clients testify to.

With over 30 years experience, weddings are our specialty. We focus on celebrating you as a couple and are here to help make your day as stress-free as possible, with all costs upfront, ensuring no hidden extras for you.

We are a walk-in and walk-out venue, leaving you to supply us your decorations and we’ll do the entire setup and following clean-up at the end.

Our venue provides the ease of having everything in one location – from hosting your ceremony, photography locations, reception dinner, and dancing the night away.

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The room facilities were well-equipped
— Response + Recovery Aotearoa New Zealand (RRANZ)
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“In February, we hosted a weeklong workshop at the Massey Albany campus. Our workshop had both online and in-person presentations, as well as breakout workgroups. The room facilities were well-equipped with the technology needed for the presentations; and the space was more than sufficient for the participants to comfortably work in their breakout rooms. The on-site staff were extremely responsive to needs and were a joy to work with during the workshop. In leading up to the course, they were reliable communicators in helping us plan out the week. We definitely hope to be able to run future events here, as the service and venue were terrific. Many thanks to Andrea and her team!”
Using the space again
— Rhiannon NZAPP Auckland Heat Organiser
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“We hired the Massey AT2 theatre for a pole competition and are so glad we did. Andrea and her team were really helpful with providing all the information required and ensuring we had what we need for the day to run smoothly. The venue itself had all we needed in terms of audience seating, backstage options and a foyer for guests to hang out prior to doors opening. We look forward to using the space again in future”
Highly recommended
— Xero | Conference | 600 guests
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“I would highly recommend using Massey University as a venue, not only does it offer fantastic facilities, but having the venue facilitated by [Hospitality Services] has made it a flawless experience.”
A Success
— Cancer Society | Conference | 100 guests
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“I would like to thank you so much for the catering and the effort you went to, to make our conference a success. The food was amazing & presented beautifully.”
Beyond Expectations
— Wellington LoopEd Trust | Conference | 900 guests
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“The service that we had from Massey Venues went above and beyond expectations. Massey exceeded my expectations in every way.”