Mix and mingle with your guests and let the Massey Hospitality Team do the rest! A choice of five function venues is available to reflect your style.


Tussock is the main Massey cafeteria. Tussock is available after 5pm weekdays, during University breaks, and in the weekend.

Upstairs from Tussock is the Flax and Fern Room which has good availability.

Te Ara Hihiko (The Path to Creativity) is home to the College of Creative Arts. The foyer, registration area and Gallery, and The Pit theatre are available for hire when they are not being used by the University.

The former Dominion Museum Building has two dedicated venues available for functions, the Great Hall and the Tea Gardens.

Hireage rates

The cost to hire Tussock is $750.

The foyer, registration area and the Gallery at Te Ara Hihiko can be hired for $300 for half a day or $600 for a full day.

Audio-visual equipment and wifi are often included in the hireage charges.

Rates are current as at April 2021, and included as a guide only. Rates will be confirmed by Massey University when a booking is made. Please note that amounts are exclusive of GST.

Maximum capacity

Tussock has a maximum capacity of 90 guests.

The Flax and Fern Room can be used as a seated area, or a standing-only venue, up to a maximum of 150 guests.

The theatre in Te Ara Hihiko, The Pit, seats 100.

The Tea Gardens can accommodate 300 guests.

Description including special conditions

The Massey Wellington Hospitality webpage describes the unique settings of the function venues. The former Dominion Museum Building has a Category 1 Heritage Listing. Te Ara Hihiko has won multiple design awards.

Tussock includes a large outdoor area and is perfect for more relaxed gatherings.

The Flax and Fern room is upstairs from Tussock, with lift access. It includes a balcony area. The Flax and Fern room is an ideal place for your guests to enjoy a drink.

The modern open-plan function space at Te Ara Hihiko includes a large foyer, registration area and catering area adjoining the long gallery area. The Gallery is available for exhibitions when there is no exhibition being shown. The Pit theatre is downstairs and seats 100. The Pit has fully retractable seating, and the whole seat bank is able to be moved to one side of the room.

The Great Hall and the Tea Gardens in the former Dominion Museum Building have a more formal ambience, reflecting their roles as important civic reception venues dating from the late 1930s. Facilities in the former Dominion Museum Building also include a 200-seat lecture theatre with a small stage and a grand piano. The lecture theatre is ideal for film screenings or panel discussions.

Function catering can be organised with the Wellington Hospitality team. PLEASE NOTE: The use of outside caterers is not encouraged.

Rooms that are hired after 5pm require a Massey staff member to be in attendance. The after hours staff charge is $30 per hour.

Massey University is a Smoke Free Campus.


The function venues often have audio-visual equipment and wifi included in the venue hire charges

Catering for functions is a specialty of the Massey Wellington Hospitality Team. Catering can be tailored to your event. Please contact Wellington Hospitality to discuss your requirements. Here is the link to the catering menu.

Massey has a catering liquor licence. Alcohol can be served either in the Flax and Fern Room above Tussock, or delivered to your on-site booked venue. Refer to page 4 of the Menu for details and pricing.

Outdoor area

Tussock has picnic tables outside on the lawn. The tables can be moved to make way for a marquee adjoining Tussock.

Te Ara Hihiko has paved areas outside the building, with limited seating.

The Great Hall and the Tea Gardens are upstairs venues. There are outside spaces on the ground floor in the grounds of the University or in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park adjoining the former Dominion Museum Building.


There are lifts in all the buildings with upstairs catering venues.

The Campus Map indicates where the accessible car parks are located.

Please check accessibility with Massey when booking.


The Massey Campus has Pay and Display parking available for visitors, 24/7. Please be sure not to park in reserved parks, named parks, or numbered parks.

Please refer to the Campus Map for the visitor parking areas.

Cycle parking

There is cycle parking available throughout the campus. Please refer to the Campus Map for push bike parking areas.

By bus

The No. 3 bus (Lyall Bay / Rongotai heading south & Wellington Railway Station heading north) is a frequent route, which runs every 10 – 15 minutes along Taranaki and Wallace Streets.

The No. 18e travels between Karori and Miramar, via Taranaki and Wallace Streets.

Likewise, the No. 27 runs between Vogeltown and Wellington Railway Station along Taranaki and Wallace Streets. The bus stops in each direction are almost opposite each other, beside Bidwill Street heading north, and near to the Massey Gym heading south.


Coming from the City, there is a pleasant walk through Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to the former Dominion Museum of New Zealand Building, at the north of the Massey Campus. Continue through the Wellington High School Campus to the main Massey Campus.

From Adelaide Road, follow King Street, where there is a walking route up through the Massey car parks to Tasman Street, cross the road and take Entrance E for the main Campus.

Please refer to the Campus Map for the pathways that are throughout the campus, this is a great way to enjoy the Campus gardens.

Physical address

Massey University, Wallace Street, Mt Cook, Wellington

Tussock and the Flax & Fern Room are located in Block 9 (the nearest entrance is Entrance E).

The Great Hall and the Tea Gardens are located in Block 10 (the nearest entrance is Entrance D).

Te Ara Hikiko (the College of Creative Arts) is located in Block 12 (the nearest entrances are Entrance C – level 1 – and Entrance E – ground floor).

Contact (to book or view the space)

Please fill in the ‘Contact’ form to enquire about making a booking.

By phone – 0800 Massey, ask for Hospitality Services in Wellington. (The Wellington switchboard number for Massey is 04 801 5799.)