Horncastle Arena

Horncastle Arena is one of New Zealand's largest purpose-built indoor sporting and entertainment venues allowing it to play host to sporting teams, international concerts, large exhibitions, trade shows, conferences and gala dinners.

Horncastle Arena is located in Addington, an easy 15 minute drive from the airport. The Arena is one of New Zealand's largest purpose-built indoor sporting and entertainment venues. When it is not playing host to sporting teams or world-renowned artists, it is used to host exhibitions, meetings, trade shows and gala dinners.

With a seating capacity of almost 9000, the Arena can be configured to provide seating options for any number of events from large standing rock concerts to intimate and seated plenary sessions. There is 4000 square metres of flat floor space and additional space available in the backstage area and within the concourse areas.

The Arena is the South Island's only venue that consistently hosts and delivers gala dinners for up to 2 500. Features include large on site kitchens and well appointed conveniences. The simple design, flexible space and high ceiling of Horncastle Arena allows for themes to be created easily delivering high visual impact.

Eighteen corporate suites convert easily into meeting rooms for 2-20 people and are ideal for interviews, board meetings, presentations or for small intimate gatherings.

Access is key for large entertainment rigs and exhibition requirements, and with ample height clearance and loading room it means that Horncastle Arena is easy and straight-forward for loading and unloading. 3,000 on-site car parks further complement ease of access into the venue for your guests and visitors.

Behind the scenes there are six team changing rooms, four performers' dressing rooms, television production platforms and a dedicated fenced service area with space for outside broadcaster vans. A four sided LED graphics scoreboard is positioned above Centre Court.

Horncastle Arena is owned and manged by Vbase; a locally-based organisation with a portfolio of Christchurch’s largest and most popular venues, including Christchurch Town Hall, Horncastle Arena, Hagley Oval, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand and Orangetheory Stadium.

The Vbase team are with you from the start. From physical setups to technical solutions and award winning catering, they have the experience and knowledge to help you with all requirements and determine the best solutions for your event.



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Location and contact information

Horncastle Arena
55 Jack Hinton Drive
PO Box 13144
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Sarah Jane Cave
Event Planning and Delivery Manager
Phone: (03) 339 3599

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