The Bruce Mason Centre – Gem of the shore

Hidden away in the heart of Takapuna Beach, the Bruce Mason Centre was opened in 1996 by then Governor General Sir Michael Hardie Boys GNZM GCMC. The venue has taken a leading role in arts and entertainment on the North Shore of Auckland and is named after one of New Zealand’s greatest playwrights, Bruce Mason, best known for The End of the Golden Weather. Visitors have access to memorabilia on site which include his desk and typewriter located in the Promenade Cafe. The design of the Bruce Mason Centre is light and airy, with a summery feel as the windows when open make for wide space and stunning views of Rangitoto Island & the Hauraki Gulf.

This impressive and unique venue seats 1164 patrons and caters for all performing arts, conferences, exhibitions, banquets, meetings and weddings; also conveniently a short drive from Auckland CBD.  The auditorium has a reputation for world-class acoustics and clear sightlines to the stage. A variety of shows are regularly hosted at this venue with upcoming events such as the Big Show on the Shore and One Night of Queen as it is versatile with seating space and stage layout.

Unique to the centre is the ability to convert the auditorium to one of Auckland’s largest flat floor banquet areas, capable of seating 500 guests for award dinners and gala functions.  An eye catching feature is the display of monthly art exhibitions in the foyer by local artists, adding to the ambience and keeping guests entertained while waiting for show doors to open. Car parks are ample, with 350 spots adjacent to the centre making it a hassle free and easy experience attending an event.

More than simply a performance venue, the Bruce Mason Centre has six fully equipped meeting rooms and two spacious foyers, offering conference facilities for 6 to 1090 delegates in several size adjustable rooms.  The Centre also provides an experienced event management team, on-site caterers and in-house technical staff to assist with creative ideas, queries and themes.

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