Wanaka Events Venue

Criffel Station is so much more than a standalone Wanaka events venue. Our numerous exclusive locations and experienced events team bring superb high country hospitality to events of all kinds including Special Occasions, Meetings & Conferences or Health & Wellness, capacity ranging from 5 to 500 attendees.

Additionally, we have an extensive range of items available for hire including tables with rustic wooden table tops, seats for up to 170 guests, beautiful props and numerous giant lawn games.

Meetings and Conferences

Criffel Station sits in the foothills of the Pisa mountain range and provides a beautiful and transformative setting for your next business meeting or event. We are conveniently located 10 minutes from Wanaka CBD and we’re just down the street from the Wanaka airport, approximately one kilometre. Our main venue is the Criffel Station Woolshed. Its versatile indoor/outdoor configuration makes it ideal for customising the venue to fit your event needs. Whether you’re planning an intensive strategic meeting, a large corporate meeting, a business conference, workshops or a team building retreat, the Woolshed’s flexibility ensures the space can be configured to your specific needs so that your team or group is comfortable and able to perform at their best.

Through our long history living and operating a Wanaka events venue within the Central Otago region, we have a wealth of knowledge to make sure your event is a success. Criffel Station’s experienced, professional event planners are experts in morphing our flexible space into the perfect venue for your next business event so you can be confident that your experience will be excellent.

We can host a number of business events including:

  • Meetings and corporate planning workshops
  • Executive retreats
  • Team building getaways
  • Conferences and incentives


The Criffel Station Woolshed can hold from as little as an intimate meeting of 10 guests to as many as 150 guests for a product launch or presentation style meeting.

Food and Drinks:

The team at Criffel Station work with a select group of catering services that we bring in based on the type of event and needs. Together we ensure that all your food and beverage needs are well provided for so you don’t have to worry about it.

Technology and Display:

With 15 years’ experience delivering events of every nature, we are well equipped to meet all your tech, electrical, video, presentation, and display needs. We only work with the best and partner with experts who always deliver no matter the challenge or request.

Outdoor Venues:

Our extensive on-site facilities, in addition to The Criffel Station Woolshed, include our outdoor venues – Stone Hut Terrace, Kanuka Grove and Pin Oaks or Henry’s Hut, an intimate high-country cabin. These venues feature a mix of stunning settings and views spanning from Roy’s Peak to Lake Hawea, and capacity ranging from 5 to 500 attendees. Our event planning team can work with you on how to use our outdoor settings to put on a highly professional, impressive event.

Optional Considerations:

Our Faculty – Criffel Station partners with a select group of professional coaches and experts from diverse fields. We refer to this group as Our Faculty, who can provide team building / team bonding experiences. Their programmes feature leadership training, management skills, personal development and team building delivered through a variety of expertise – from immersive survival experiences, to corporate and personal health insights, to sports performance psychology, to regenerative deer farming experts – let Criffel Station lift your next business event to the next level.

Day into Night – Criffel station can help you celebrate your business, your team, and your customers. We can convert the Criffel Station Woolshed from a business venue into a night time gala or relaxing wind things down dinner setting. Our event planners can organise it all or assist you in finding just the right food/styling/entertainment services.

Curated Just for You – if your business event requires a bespoke touch, a one-of-kind type experience, we can work with you to understand your needs and deliver an event like no other – from helicopters, to peak-top claybird shooting, or yoga and ayurvedic time-out sessions – leave it to us, we can make it happen.

Special Occasions

Special occasions and private parties, whether an anniversary, birthday celebration, Christmas party, work function or reunion, all call for a unique venue in the perfect location. With Criffel Station there is no need to create atmosphere at a venue, Criffel Station provides both the unforgettable venue and the stunning backdrop to create your ideal special occasion or party. With our range of unique and versatile indoor/outdoor event spaces and an excellent range of optional add-ons to choose from – Criffel Station can cater for any group from 5 to 500 guests.

Whatever your special occasion, we can offer you the perfect Wanaka events venue that will help make your celebration memorable. Our secluded settings create a unique environment for any style of event from smaller groups wanting a private function or party, right through to larger events for 21sts, 40ths and 50ths, staff parties, reunions, anniversaries and family gatherings. Let out expert event planners help you create your next unforgettable gathering.

Health and Wellness

Personal and workplace wellness has seen a considerable increase in importance over the past decade, and with good reason with productivity, engagement, positivity and overall performance all being impacted dramatically by one’s physical and mental health. Criffel Station provides a beautiful and transformative setting for your next health or wellness event – whether private yoga classes, guided meditation, health seminars with breakout rooms, or launch of new wellness product – many have come to Criffel Station to hold their health and wellness event because of our inspirational and uplifting setting.

Our unique venues will provide your guests with an unparalleled feeling of exclusivity, harmony and balance through the continuous emphasis placed on indoor-outdoor flow and potential for open-air settings. Our main venue, the Criffel Station Woolshed, provides a “blank canvas” to allow nature in and keep the everyday hustle and bustle stress out. Tap into the knowledge of our highly experienced event planners to organise your next event.

Here at Criffel Station, we take the importance of health one step further, integrating One Health principles across all that we do on the station. Our ultimate goal is to provide a healthy and balanced ecosystem for our people, land, water and animals. It is under these principles that we operate our numerous Wanaka events venue and function spaces and host our guests – in a way that is in harmony with our natural environment.


Criffel Station reserves the right to cancel or amend any tour to suit weather conditions and farming practices, or if minimum numbers are not met. Strict safety procedures are observed at all times, however there remains an element of inherent risk. Criffel Station will not be held responsible for personal injury, loss or damage to equipment. Prices are subject to change.

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