Conferences & Events
An Event Venue Like No Other
Nestled in the heart of a busy heritage attraction and museum is the West Coast’s largest conference and events centre. Shantytown Heritage Park is home to the West Coast Events Centre which has two large facilities that can host small, intimate meetings to large corporate events reaching up to 650 delegates.
On-site catering, fully licenced bar, large carparks and the ability to offer several options as breakout rooms allows the West Coast Events Centre to host all types of events from weddings, day meetings, multiple-day conferences, gala dinners, tradeshows, balls and productions.
The traditional Miners Hall features a production stage and has the capacity to host up to 250 people banquet style, which is ideal for award ceremonies and entertainment.
Hire prices range from $350 - $500
Welshman's Conference Centre
The Welshman’s Conference Centre is situated in the private and tranquil surroundings of the West Coast native rainforest and can seat up to 250 people theatre style, or can be split into four breakout rooms.
Hire prices range from $90 - $350
Other on-site buildings such as our faithfully restored 1866 Interdenominational Church, authentic Masonic Lodge and Victorian styled classroom are available for small breakout meetings on request.
Hire prices range from $100 - $300
21st century facilities are available, while the 19th century village offers a world of difference for your event.
Complimentary WIFI surrounds the village and conference facilities. Full mobile coverage is accessible for all networks.
On-site audio-visual equipment is available for hire. Ask our team for an equipment price list
The Golden Nugget Saloon adjoining the Miners Hall is ideal for pre-dinner or post meeting drinks.
Enjoy espresso coffee and a fine range of teas along with a traditional selection of café food from King Dick’s Café. Delegates can also treat themselves to our traditional old-fashioned lolly selection.
Full Shantytown Experience
With over 30 shops and buildings to explore, delegates to the West Coast Events Centre receive complimentary entry to Shantytown’s heritage attractions.
Treat your delegates to an authentic West Coast experience. Let our experienced gold claim team teach your delegates the art of gold panning. A strike is guaranteed! Ask about our group discount rates.
Steam Train Rides
Delegates are welcome to ride Shantytown’s complimentary steam service. Request our current timetable or ask about our chartered services.
Old Time Photo Services
Dress up in the costumes of yesteryear and pose for a sepia portrait – a great team photo opportunity!
Food & Beverage
At The West Coast Events Centre, we are fully committed to ensuring that you receive the highest quality cuisine, service and dining experience.
We can work with you to accommodate your budget, taste and style requirements. All catering at the West Coast Events Centre is prepared fresh on-site and Shantytown’s King Dick’s Café is open seven days a week during business hours for additional refreshments.
A full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available from the Golden Nugget Saloon or a full drinks service can be offered anywhere on the premises.
What Our Customers Say
“Our Awards Celebration and Gala Dinner at Shantytown is a formal black tie event and attracts an audience from major corporate sponsors around New Zealand. It enjoys a reputation for being a high end evening with superb wining and dining. This could not have been achieved without the expertise, guidance and professionalism of The West Coast Events Centre team and the stunning venue.”
Helen Wilson, Event Manager
West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards
“Organising a conference from afar can be challenging, but the team at The West Coast Events Centre made it easy and seamless with great communication and advice. Efficient and helpful down to the smallest detail, they organised everything from AV and theming, to on the day assistance for smooth running.”
Jodi Turton, Events Manager
Straterra Inc, Wellington.