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Ilex Events Space

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Hidden away from the bustle of the city, Ilex stays true to the rich origins and beauty of the breathtaking Christchurch Botanic Gardens.  From design through to service, Ilex is passionate about creating unique event experiences with effortless attention to detail. 

From lavish parties to sit-down dinners and bespoke corporate events, Ilex offers four diverse spaces and additional services to fulfill all your event needs.

Designed to complement the nature around us this is a secluded sanctuary in the heart of Christchurch.  Whether you want to host drinks under a greenhouse glass-ceiling, dinner by the river, or party in your own tropical hideaway.

Absorbing the tranquillity of the Avon River views, the Ilex Events Space has floor to ceiling windows that invite natural light into every corner of the room.  This stylish, versatile space and private outdoor courtyard have a sense of intimacy and exclusivity, providing guests with a one-of-a-kind Botanic Gardens experience.

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In the evenings this space is brought to life, transforming into multiple indoor and outdoor entertaining areas.  Inside, floor to ceiling windows fill the room with light and views that overlook vast lawns and the luscious palm-filled nursery.  Outdoor guests are treated to an extensive outdoor area surrounded by nature, with bar and food stations setting the scene for a lively garden party.
 
  • 120 people for a sit-down function or, 180 people for a stand-up event
  • Covered outdoor seating for up to 200 guests

Cuningham & Townend House

Think champagne and oysters when imagining a function in this stunning heritage structure.  Built in 1923, it’s the largest house in the Botanic Gardens and also features the largest collection of tropical plants.  This unique, elegant venue is suitable for events year-round.
 
  • Up to 180 people for a stand-up event

Events are managed by Good Company, a true collaboration between some of New Zealand’s finest Events Superstars, Restaurateurs and Culinary designers. 

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