Our Spaces

Our Spaces

Based on the historic grounds of the former Corban Estate Winery and vineyards, we have a selection of unique venues for hire that attract a wide range of amazing community events, private celebrations, film and photography shoots, meetings and commercial use.


Our venue hire bookings are now available on the SpacetoCo online booking platform. Please see our SpacetoCo page for hire information and pricing for each of our venues.

Bookings and enquiries via: SpacetoCo

For large-scale events please email: venuehire@ceac.org.nz

Viewings by appointment only, please message via SpacetoCo

 View of Old St Michael's Church from outside

Old St Michael's Church

Capacity: 50 seated/80 standing

With a beautiful, paved entranceway the deconsecrated Old St Michael’s church provides a stunning venue for any event. Bench seating offers the chance to sit and chat whilst waiting for the wedding party's arrival or a spot to enjoy a well-deserved break away from a workshop.

Located on the main lawn of the Estate, the Church's surrounds offer the opportunity to throw out a picnic blanket in the sunshine or seek shelter under the plentiful tree canopy.

Quaint in size, its polished floorboards, tongue-and-groove wall panels, and leadlight windows nod to its rich history and former life across Great North Road, where it was originally built and stood for many years before being relocated to our historic site.

The Church is perfect for intimate gatherings, art workshops, celebrations, small civil ceremonies, film and television productions, and performances.

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 Opanuku Studios

Opānuku Studio

Capacity: 100 people

Opanuku Studio is a multi-functional space used regularly for dance rehearsals, wananga, workshops, and community events.

Located on the upper level of our Opanuku building with accessible lift - the Studio is light and airy with a mirrored wall, high ceilings, beams, and wooden floors.

The large frosted glass sliding doors can be opened to create more space and connect to the adjoining common area and adjacent kitchen and servery, or closed to make the space more private.

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The Barrel Store

Capacity: 100 people

The Barrel Store is located in the Still Building which runs alongside the Western Line train track. This historic space exudes character with original wooden interior roof framing, windows, and brick walls. Reinforced and strengthened in the mid-2000s saw the installation of concrete walls and floors, and industrial heavy-duty steel beams.

The footprint of the space is long and narrow with an entrance door at one end and original large wooden barn-style sliding doors at the other secured with chunky chain and padlock. These open onto the exterior wooden deck and bench seats perfect to enjoy during warmer months.

It is frequently used for private events (subject to approval), film, music, photography shoots, exhibitions, and weddings, as well as a making and studio space.

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 Outside by the main entry to Shed 2

Shed 2

Capacity: 350 people (dependant on use in adjacent shed)

Shed 2 has a unique history - originally built to accommodate the growth of the Corban Family Winery business from small to large-scale manufacture.

At 720sqm in size, the shed's basketball court markings are reminiscent of Basketball Auckland's tenancy of the space in the 90s. The space now lends itself to accommodate rehearsals, markets, community events, film, music, television shoots, and more.

Skylights provide a wonderful source of natural light during the day, and the walls lined with silver builders' paper behind raw framing offer a humble aesthetic.

Note: This venue is not available for weddings.

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 The Cellar's function room

The Cellar & Theatrette

Capacity: 80 people

Once used by the Corban Family to host wine tastings and tours, the Cellar is an underground space located in the oldest building on the Estate.

Entry from the Upper Cellar entranceway down a flight of stairs leads you into the lower L-shaped function room which provides ample room for performance, dancefloor, and dining areas for an intimate gathering. The red-painted concrete floors, wooden pillars, and white walls provide a unique backdrop for film students and professionals alike.

The function room leads down a few steps into the adjoining theatrette with tiered seating for a film screening or presentation. Given both spaces are underground, there is no natural light into them at all. The theatrette is also accessible from the Lower Cellar entranceway adjacent to the Public Bathrooms.

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