The Friends building

Friends Building

Meeting space for 20-45 people

Located close to the southern motorway and with free parking, the Auckland Botanic Gardens is a great option for meetings and small conferences. 

The Friends Building is a small house located next to the main carpark.  The location, open plan layout and access to a private deck for breakouts makes it a great space for group meetings.


The venue seats 45 people lecture style or up to 20 people meeting room style.


  • 6 tables and 45 chairs
  • a projector screen (bring your own laptop and data projector)
  • Whiteboard
  • Heat pump
  • Toilets
  • Accessible ramp to the entry
  • Kitchen includes an oven, hot water zip machine, fridge, and microwave (plates, cutlery and cookware needs to be supplied by the hiree).

Café Miko

Our exclusive onsite caterers, Café Miko can take the stress out of organising your event and have available a range of catering options for you.  


The Friends building is only available to hire for a full day on weekends or public holidays (8am – 4pm). It is available to hire for a full day or half day Monday - Friday (8am – 12pm or 12pm – 4pm).  



Community rate*

Commercial rate*

Half day hires
(not available on weekends or public holidays)

8am – 12pm

12pm – 4pm



Full day

8am – 4pm




*Community and Commercial rates

  •  commercial group is any group where the purpose is to operate a business and/or obtain profit or gain from its operations utilising the Botanic Gardens, its facilities or resources.
  • A community group will be treated as a commercial entity if the organisation or any individual is making financial profit or gain from the group activities. This includes all activities where the total charges made to participants are above that, required, to cover the costs of providing that activity (unless the activity is disclosed and approved by the Auckland Council as a fundraising activity).
  • Community group includes all religious groups, clubs, associations, societies, educational institutes and trusts.
  • A commercial social group is where no profit or gain is generated from the use of the Botanic Gardens, facilities or resources. The Manager, Regional and Specialist Parks and/or the Council reserves the right to decide on the commercial or non-commercial status of the applicant.  

 Read our terms and conditions of hire.

Theming your event.

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Make a booking

To enquire about a booking contact our visitor services team:

Phone (09) 267 1457 or email

The Friends Building
The Friends Building
The Friends Building - u shape meeting
The Friends Building - u shape meeting
The Friends Building - lecture style
The Friends Building - lecture style
The Friends Building - workshop style
The Friends Building - workshop style