Venues & Facilities

Ōnuku Marae offers a stunning carved Whare Tīpuna (ancestral home), a new and contemporary Whare Kai (dining room), and beautiful original church and lush peaceful grounds.

Ōnuku Marae is five kilometres from the township of Akaroa and an 80 minute drive from Christchurch. As one of the largest event, conference and accommodation facilities on Banks Peninsula, we create unique cultural experiences with all the comforts and hospitality of a modern venue. Our venues include:

Karaweko – Whare Tipuna (Ancestral House)

Opened on 5 February 1997, our Whare Tīpuna is named Karaweko after a young man who was captured at the sacking of Ōnawe Pā and later returned to Ōnuku to lead our people.


Seating capacity: 100 people

Sleeping capacity (Noho marae): 75 people maximum

Amīria Puhirere - Whare Kai (Dining Room)

Our Whare Kai (Dining Room) is named Amīria Puhirere after a great and inspirational Tāua (Grandmother) from Ōnuku who was also Karaweko’s Daughter.

Opened in 2016, the wharekai includes a large commercial kitchen, dining space with capacity for up to 250 people (seated), up to 350 (standing), a conference facility and 2 breakout meeting rooms. The wharekai can also be divided into smaller spaces for small groups.

Seating capacity - Theatre: Up to 250 people

Seating capacity - Banquet: Up to 200 people

Standing capacity - Cocktail: Up to 350 people

Break out room 1: Up to 15 people

Break out room 2: Up to 30 people

Whare Karakia o Ōnuku (Ōnuku Church)

Across the road from the marae, stands the red and white historic Whare Karakia o Ōnuku (Ōnuku church). The foundation stone for the whare karakia was laid in 1876 and the building officially opened in 1878 as the first non-denominational church in New Zealand. The opening was attended by many including Māori from iwi all over New Zealand. Intended as a place of worship for Māori and Pākehā, the church drew the two communities together.

Seating: 30 people


Set in the beautiful scenic landscape away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Ōnuku is the perfect venue for your next hui, function or conference. Our facilities include:

  • AV integrated including data projector, sound (internal and external), large screen, TV and microphones
  • Whiteboard, flip chart
  • WIFI, internet and teleconferencing (ZOOM)
  • On-site Defibrillator
  • Plenty of off-street car parking