The Atrium set up for wedding
With its stylish original exposed brick, stunning glass walls and vibrant contemporary furniture, the Atrium at Wintec is the perfect venue for awards dinners, exhibitions, corporate functions, large conferences and wedding receptions. Architecturally designed to house medium to large events, this flexible venue also offers several pre-function spaces; and its proximity to our other venues mean this space can be used alone or in combination as a multi-venue event. 


  • State of the art audio visual features including a 180" plasma screen video wall
  • Tiled flooring throughout the venue
  • A raised platform overlooking the Atrium floor – perfect for theatre and music events
  • Staging components
  • A Green Room
  • Various entry points for easy access
  • Bi-fold doors opening onto tiled courtyard
  • Contemporary furniture
  • AV support throughout function
  • On-site event support staff
  • Theming and lighting organisation and advice
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rates and capacity

$2200 inc GST 8am-midnight (community rates are available for eligible groups)  

The AtriumRoom DimensionTheatreClassroomBanquetCocktail
17.7m x 26.6m380200360500


Hireage cost includes:

  • Full event set up and pack away of all equipment and furniture in the venue 
  • Full AV and event support leading up to and for the duration of your event
  • 1.5m trestles on request
  • 20 x 1.8m round tables
  • Soft seating on request
  • Two-section bar with two single door fridges
  • Large video wall and two support screens, lectern with microphones and in house sound equipment
  • 10 1m x 2m stage sections
  • Free wifi for all guests
  • Full cleaning throughout the venue

Available at extra cost:

  • Lighting and theming organisation with the events team to specifically meet your budget and theme

Floor plans

The Atrium can be set up in a style to suit the needs of your event (click image to download some layout examples in PDF format):

Our past events

Vision Complete Earthworks Annual Cocktail Party

VCE is a family-owned and operated business based in the Waikato. Their annual cocktail party is a night where they thank their clients, staff, and families. This special night has grown over the years, and this year it was attended by over 250 guests.

VCE came to us with a clear mandate - design an evening where people will have fun and connect with each other.

We worked in conjunction with The Event Company and Kerr & Ladbrook to create an event proposal - we were so excited when the client trusted our vision completely and told us to go for it! 

On the night, guests were able to enjoy casino tables, an LED dancefloor, a DJ, pyrotechnics, magicians, a contortionist, stilt walkers, mirror people, a photo booth, cocktails down a specially made ice luge, and incredible food!

Some of the highlights of this event for us were: getting to see the looks on the faces of everyone as they walked in the door, the incredible indoor fireworks put on by Sounz Good DJs, and getting to experience a night where every person in the room was made to feel appreciated, valued and special by the people throwing the event. It was a night that we will never forget!

The Atrium wide view shot of interior set up for casino night event

Wintec Honorary Degree Ceremony 2019

In June 2019 we had the privilege of hosting a very special event for two exceptional Waikato men - Dallas Fisher and Sir James Wallace. Both men were conferred with honorary degrees - Dallas Fisher, Master of Applied Innovation honorary degree, and Sir James Wallace, Master of Arts honorary degree.

We wanted both of our honorary recipients to be represented in various elements of this event, so we enlisted the help of Montana catering to create a special three course plated menu for their director Dallas Fisher. It was designed to represent where he grew up and his journey with food. It blew everybody’s socks off! Appearances were made by an amuse bouche of Kina custard and karengo crumb, Horopito smoked lamb, Hangi cooked beef shortrib, and a gorgeous kumara steamed pudding with manuka hokey pokey.

Sir James’s presence was felt and celebrated with some very special art pieces lent to us by the Wallace collection for the evening. As we wanted the art to really shine, we kept the room setup clean and elegant with the help of the Event Company - crystal candlesticks, chandeliers, and warm lighting let the art and the Atrium shine. The evening was topped off with stunning classical music from the Amoroso String Trio.

Sir James Wallace and Dallas Fisher at Honorary degree ceremony 2019

David Sidwell Honorary Medal Event

The name David Sidwell will be recognisable to many people in the Waikato region and no wonder, the performing arts maestro and manager at Wintec’s School of Media Arts has been a prominent force across music and theatre for the last 40 years.  It will surprise no-one that his achievements were formally recognised with the bestowment of an Institutional Medal on Tuesday 13th August 2019.

In order to ensure that this special evening was a true reflection of David and his enormous contribution to the Arts, the Atrium was transformed into a fabulous jazz lounge, complete with moody lighting, gorgeous theatre draping, red carpets, and intimate seating.

For this event we teamed up with Kerr and Ladbrook, who provided a signature cocktail for the evening - 'The Sidwell', as well as stunning Spanish style tapas and sharing plates. We also worked with the Hamilton Beer and Wine Company to source some gorgeous Spanish wines; ACLX to create the incredible staging, lighting and sound setup; and The Event Company and Phoenix Decoration Hire to help us bring our vision of the Atrium Jazz Lounge to life!

Of course a jazz lounge is nothing without music - and this event did not disappoint. Guests were treated to performances by Casey Messent (Gordon Chesterman Scholarship 2019 recipient), Alexandra Wiltshire, Pamela Wallace, Yotam Levy, Scot Hall and David on piano. Guests also heard a snippet from the new musical Mum’s Kitchen written by David and Wintec tutors Jeremy Mayall and Nick Braae.

David Sidwell Insitutional medal Wintec

Our services

We provide more than just a venue! Check out what we have to offer to help make your event special:


Event support

We have a full time event team on-site to help with all of your event needs including bookings, planning, setup and AV needs.

Theming and entertainment

Let us help you with all of your theming and lighting needs. Our team will work with you to provide competitive theming and lighting options that work perfectly for your event. 


We pride ourselves in offering sophisticated audio-visual technology that is simple to use! With onsite AV and IT support our technology is constantly monitored, maintained and kept up to date. Our on-site AV technicians are available to support your event – from video conferencing to internet satellite television access. On top of this we provide free wifi for all guests free of charge. 


Our round-the-clock security team will ensure your event is secure and your guests are safe. If needed, we can supply additional security for your event.


We have selected some of Hamilton's most established catering suppliers to be the preferred caterer at your next event. Our caterers are equipped to handle any sized function and provide your event with high quality, innovative cuisine and exceptional customer service. Choose from one of their popular menus or have one specially tailored to suit your requirements. 

Meet the team


Stuart Challis

Stuart Challis

Events Manager

021 242 0939

(07) 834 8800 ext 8775

I have been lucky enough to call the Waikato Home since 2011, but my Central Otago homeland still has a little piece of my heart. 

I have been working in event and venue management for over 20 years and I love talking shop about any tiny aspect of your event … truly, I love this stuff! 

My specialist Mastermind topics would be basketball from the late 80s early 90s, and Batman or James Bond films (love George Lazenby’s 007 but we don’t talk about George Clooney and his Bat nipples). When not at work you can find me walking our westie Rosie with my wife and two girls, coaching their basketball, or being at one with my thoughts on my mountain bike or paddleboard.

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Kate Laurich

Events Coordinator

(07) 834 8800 ext 3280

027 345 2667

I have recently joined the events team at Wintec and am loving every minute of it! My background includes customer service and wedding coordinator roles - both of which I loved! I am passionate about exceptional customer service and my goal is that all of our clients have the best experience possible when they book an event with us. I love the fast paced, high pressure environment that working in events brings - you never know what each day is going to bring.

Outside of work I love to spending time with my husband and our zoo (Stanley the English bulldog, Garfield the Persian, and Macaroni the rabbit). I also love to spend time with my very large Croatian family, eat good food and drink great wine, go to the beach, and try and squeeze the gym in there somewhere as well!

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Ben Stocker

Audio Visual and Events Technician

(07) 834 8800 ext 3049

I love the ever-changing and innovative work environment here at Wintec Venues, with a background in audio engineering and music composition. I really enjoy the creative aspects of my role. I am passionate about people and ensuring that our clients receive both technical and customer service of the highest quality. I enjoy creating with lighting and audio and the way they can transform and influence a space. I look forward to working with you to help plan, design and execute the visuals and audio for your next event.

Outside of work, I enjoy making music and skating with my friends.

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Sarah Kington

Events Administrator

(07) 834 8800 ext 3288

I’ve had the privilege of working part time in the venues team since 2012. I love the fact that there tends to be no two days the same, the flexibility my role offers, and the passion my fellow colleagues demonstrate when putting awesome events together and seeing the end result.

I grew up in Hamilton and live on three acres with my husband, two children, an extremely boisterous English Staffy, a cat, and a couple of steers in the paddock. Outside of work I am a strong supporter of my children’s sporting and school activities (taxi driver), I enjoy gardening as a stress reliever and love a glass of Pinot Noir to wind down my day.

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Karen Morton

Centre Co-ordinator

(07) 834 8800 ext 8883

I began working at Wintec in 2004 in a similar role, and then was fortunate enough to join the venues team in 2011. Since then there has been a variety of clients through The Training Space and we especially appreciate our longstanding clients.

I have been living in Hamilton for 24 years, have two adult children, two cats (Phil & Lil), and an elderly cocker spaniel. I enjoy going to live theatre and the movies, following our Magic netball team, doing the odd gym session and some of the lighter walks around the Waikato area.

Location and parking

City Campus: Conference Rooms, The Long Room, The Atrium, Bill Gallagher Centre (Events Rooms One and Two)

Our City event venues are easily accessible by foot, car or public transport. View the map below or download the Venues Map here.


Being situated in the heart of the city allows a number of parking options for you and your guests. There are a number of commercial parking buildings close by and onsite parking is also available on request.

Rotokauri Campus: The Training Space

View the map below or download the map here.

Training Space visitors, including facilitators and participants attending courses are required to pay for parking, capped at $4.00 per day.

Please park in the Staff/Student car parks # 1 and 2

  • Purchase your parking direct from the parking meter on site, vehicle registration number required
  • Parki App  (recommended)

Parking enforcement is carried out by an external contractor, if there are any issues with a P&D machine please phone 0800 2273 7275 (0800 CAREPARK) for assistance.

Free parking on Gilchrist Street and Akoranga Road, if available. Free two hour parking is available in the visitor car park off Gilchrist Street.

Please note: Our policy is that smoking is not permitted on any Wintec campus, site or car park.

Contact us


Wintec will store your contact details to respond to your query, keep a profile of your interactions with Wintec, and send you promotional material.

City venues

Kate Laurich

(07) 834 8800 ext 3280


Rotokauri venues

Karen Morton

(07) 834 8800 ext 8883