Wellington Venue List (Revised, updated, and wiki'd)

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A user-created list of possible larp venues for Wellington and surrounds, updated from Tetrajak’s original here. It has been divided into halls (suitable for theatre-style games), camps (suitable for outdoor / live combat games), and other / dream venues (e.g. trains, fancy historical stuff etc).

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Brooklyn Community Centre (18 Harrison St, Brooklyn)

Description: Hall, lounge, and smaller meeting room
Capacity: Hall 100, lounge 20, RSA room 10
Accessible? Yes - has ramps and wheelchair facilities
Cost: Hall $18/hr, Lounge $14.75/hr, RSA Room $12/hour
URL: http://brooklyncommunitycentre.org.nz/
Contact: coordinator@brooklyncommunitycentre.org.nz or (04) 384 6799
Notes: Defibrillator on-site

Vogelmorn Hall (13 Vennell St, Brooklyn)

Description: Nice wood-panelled hall
Capacity: Fits a 60-player game quite happily
Accessible? Maybe - has ramps, not sure about bathrooms.
Cost: $18/hr
URL: http://brooklyncommunitycentre.org.nz/
Contact: coordinator@brooklyncommunitycentre.org.nz or (04) 384 6799
Notes: NZLARPS gear is kept onsite, so easy to set dress

Petone Community House (6 Britannia St, Petone)

Description: 1 largish room downstairs, 4 of varying sizes upstairs. We usually use Room 6 (upstairs) or 3 (downstairs)
Capacity: Room 6 fits a 13-player game with GMs. Room 3 should fit a 20-player game.
Accessible? Downstairs only.
Cost: $25 for up to 3 hrs or $50 for the day (commercial rates; we can probably get community ones)
URL: http://petonecommunityhouse.org.nz/
Contact: office@petonecommunityhouse.org.nz or (04) 568 7798
Notes: Day-pricing makes this an excellent option for long events or running multiple small games.

Innermost Gardens (31 Lawson Pl, Mount Victoria)

Description: Hall with outside community garden
Capacity: Should fit a 30-player game, but limited car parking.
Accessible? Unknown
Cost: $50 for half-day or evening, $100 for full day.
URL: http://www.innermostgardens.org.nz/
Contact: innermostgardens@gmail.com

Northland Hall (126 5 Woburn Rd, Northland)

Description: Large hall, lower hall, upstairs meeting room
Capacity: Bigger than Vogelmorn.
Accessible?
Cost: Unknown.
URL: http://www.northlandcommunitycentre.org.nz/
Contact: bookings@northlandcommunitycentre.org.nz or 04 475 8511

Vogelmorn Bowls Club (93 Mornington Rd, Brooklyn)

Description: Former bowls club with multiple rooms on two levels, adjacent to public green.
Capacity: Would fit a 60-player game quite happily
Accessible? No.
Cost: By negotiation, but was $300 for a 7 hour hire for the whole thing.
URL: https://vogelmorn.nz/book-the-building-2/
Contact: vogelmornbc@gmail.com
Notes: NZLARPS gear is over the green, so easy to set dress

Huntleigh Guide Centre (44 Silverstream Rd, Crofton Downs)

Description: Hall with meeting rooms, kitchens, and native bush
Capacity: Hall sleeps 30 (see below). large meeting room seats 100. Two smaller meeting rooms
Accessible? Unknown
Cost: $80 for a morning or afternoon, or $100 for full day. Overnight hire $11 / person.
URL: https://www.girlguidingnz.org.nz/facilities/wellington-huntleigh
Contact: huntleighwn@gmail.com
Notes: Overnight hire means everyone tents or sleeps in the hall. May make a good location for day games.


Brookfield Scout Camp (562 Moores Valley Rd, Wainuiomata)

Description: Scout camp with 3 halls, various smaller spaces, bunkrooms/cabins, plus fields and bush.
Capacity: Sleeps over 100. Fletcher Hall can fit a 60-player game.
Accessible? Partly. Halls have ramps, but most bathrooms are not accessible.
Cost: Unknown. In 2014, exclusive hire was $1500 - $2000 depending on timing.
URL: http://brookfield.org.nz/
Contact: brookfield.camp@xtra.co.nz or (04) 564 1000
Notes: used by Hydra and Embers; used to larpers; some gear onsite.

Camp Elsdon (18 Raiha St, Porirua)

Description: Campground with 2 halls and bunkrooms/cabins, adjacent to reserve
Capacity: Sleeps 90. Dining hall should fit alarge game.
Accessible? unknown
Cost: Unknown
URL: http://www.campelsdon.co.nz/
Contact: info@campelsdon.co.nz or (04) 237 8987

Camp Wainui (203 Coast Rd, Wainuiomata)

Description: Camp with halls, bunkrooms/cabins, and native bush
Capacity: Sleeps over 100. Largest hall might fit a 40 player game.
Accessible? Unknown
Cost: Unknown, but lodge complexes are $250/night, so exclusive hire for a weekend will be at least $2000.
URL: http://www.campwainui.co.nz/
Contact: campwainui@xtra.co.nz or (04) 564 5305

YMCA Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre (184 Marchant Road, Upper Hutt)

Description: Camp with halls, conference rooms, bunkrooms/cabins, and native bush
Capacity: Sleeps 173
Accessible? Unknown
Cost: $25 / person / night. Halls and kitchens cost extra, and there is an additional $2,000 sole-useage charge for groups of less than 130 people. Complete pricing
URL: http://ymcawellington.org.nz/homepage/y-camps/communitygroupsfacilityhire/
Contact: camp@ymcawellington.org.nz or (04) 526 7338
Notes: Very expensive


Turnbull House (11 Bowen St)

Description: Heritage building with several large rooms
Notes: Currently undergoing renovation. Will advise when available again.

Minoh House (38 Normandale Road, Normandale)

Description: Heritage house / conference centre
Capacity: 45 seated. Small game?
Accessible? Maybe
Cost: $100 / half day; $200 / full day. Bond required for evening social events.
URL: http://www.huttcity.govt.nz/Services/Book-a-venue/Small-venues-and-other-spaces-for-hire/#Minoh%20House
Contact: Form
Notes: Only ground floor available for hire.

Silver Steam Railway Museum (Reynolds Bach Dr, Upper Hutt)

Description: Railway carriage
Capacity: 28 seated
Accessible? No
Cost: $195 for 135 minutes (exclusive train hire); extra people at $14 per person
URL: https://www.silverstreamrailway.org.nz/
Contact: Form
Notes: Also offer charters / general venue hire.


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For people looking for outdoor venues suitable for one-day live-combat games, there’s a guide to the tracks and recreation areas of Wellington:

http://tracks.org.nz/region/show/1


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