Wellington VenuesWellington Venues

Over the years, DJ Richard has entertained at dozens of venues across the Wellington, Kapiti and Horowhenua regions, from The Pines on the the south coast, to Greenmantle Estate in Kapiti, to many of the hotels and function centres in the CBD. Here are some of the photos from a few of the celebrations that Richard has entertained at in the greater Wellington Region.

Wellington Venues
Here are some of the places and venues where Richard has worked in the Wellington, Kapiti and Horowhenua regions, either as DJ, MC, or both in recent years. Please click on the links to view pictures or to go to the venue’s website.
Foxglove Ballroom, Wellington Central

Foxglove Ballroom Wellington Venue

Foxglove Queens Wharf Ballroom
A venue that is well worth considering for your wedding in Wellington is the Foxglove Queens Wharf Ballroom. I’ve been in there a few times and when I was there for a corporate event recently I shot a 360 degree panorama, which you can view here.

If you’re planning your wedding (or any other type of celebration) in Wellington and are still looking to book your venue and your DJ or MC, why don’t you get in contact and we can arrange a meeting at Foxglove? It’s a lovely spot, whether it be a wedding, corporate event, client evening, product launch or party. The staff are friendly, professional and attentive and the food? Superb.

Here are a few photos from a recent wedding I entertained in the ballroom. It really is a special location, one of Wellington’s more unique spots.

Greenmantle Estate Luxury Lodge in Kapiti


One of the absolute jewels in the Wellington Region wedding industry crown is Greenmantle Estate.  This 5-Star luxury lodge combines total privacy with sumptuous luxury, exquisite grounds, and is the most breathtaking location for your wedding ceremony and reception. Catering for receptions of up to 60 guests in impeccable style, you’ll have your friends and family talking with great passion about your memorable wedding day at Greenmantle.

Massey University Great Hall, Wellington


One of the largest and most spectacular venue spaces in Wellington, Massey University’s Great Hall is truly a location worthy of a splendid celebration. At 35m x 15m and with a massively high ceiling, the venue can seat 300 with absolute ease, or up to 600 for a cocktail function.

The venue’s acoustics are extremely challenging with an echo that lasts over 7 seconds, which mean that conventional speaker systems typically cause issues with intelligibility of sound. Luckily the Bose L1 miniature Line Array speakers that Richard uses are perfectly suited for the high ceilings and hard surfaces of this venue, as the sound doesn’t get distributed up and down, just forwards and to the sides.

Brentwood Hotel, Wellington Airport

What a fun night at Wellington’s Brentwood Hotel!  A nationwide conference was happening and the disco themed dance was a chance for them to blow off some steam and socialise with other people in the industry. Light the Fuse set up their illuminated disco dance floor, DJ Richard brought his 16″ mirrorball out of partial retirement and after dinner cranked up the Bose L1 sound system with a night of funky disco sounds. It was a great night and disco came back alive!

The following year, the same clients booked DJ Richard and The Brentwood again, but this time the theme was Country & Western. Some of those pictures are in here as well.

Although not a 5 star establishment, the Brentwood is very busy and popular because of its excellent value, convenient facilities and proximity to both the Wellington CBD and Wellington International Airport. It’s just a quick cab or bus ride to either.

Here’s the playlist for the night in case you’re interested:

Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-7) (16:44)
Led Zeppelin – Black Dog (4:47)
Dire Straits – Telegraph Road (13:48)
Chris Rea – The Road To Hell (Parts I & II) (4:18)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Keep On Chooglin’ [Live] (12:48)
The Temptations – Papa Was A Rollin’Stone (6:44)
Joe Cocker – Delta Lady (2:47)
Tina Turner & Ike Turner – Proud Mary (5:23)
Andy Kim – Rock Me Gently (3:19)
Cold Chisel – Cheap Wine (3:12)
Little River Band – The Other Guy (2:43)
Eagles – Heartache Tonight (4:22)
Jimmy Barnes – Higher & Higher (2:50)
Three Dog Night – Mama Told Me (Not To Come) (3:15)
Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (4:02)
Abba – Fernando (4:01)
Doobie Brothers – Black Water (4:02)
Van Morrison – Full Force Gale (3:09)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Hey Tonight (2:34)
Little River Band – Cool Change (4:51)
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Southern Cross (4:35)
Eagles – Tequila Sunrise (2:49)
Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (5:43)
Jim Steinman – Rock & Roll Dreams Come Throug (5:27)
Meatloaf – Hot Summer Night (Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth) (4:07)
David Bowie – Jean Genie (4:03)
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop (3:09)
Abba – Dancing Queen (3:44)
Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (4:38)
Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing [80’s Remix] (3:26)
Frankie Valli & Four Seasons – December 63 (Oh What A Night) (5:12)
Commodores – Machine Gun (2:36)
Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie (3:27)
Forrest – Rock The Boat (5:09)
Bus Stop – Kung Foo Fighting (3:41)
Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (6:19)
Abba – Gimme Gimme Gimme (4:44)
Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (6:46)
John Paul Young/Barry Manilow/Doobie Brothers/Chic/Donna Summer – Love Is In The Air/Copacobana/Long Train Running/Le Freak/Hot S (21:49)
Andy Kim – Rock Me Gently (3:19)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary (3:03)
Stealers Wheel & Reservoir Dogs – Stuck In The Middle With You (3:15)
Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling (2:46)
George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag (3:13)
Elvis Presley – Devil In Disguise (2:16)
Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music (3:38)
Kinks – Lola (4:01)
Three Dog Night – Joy To The World (3:27)
Hollies – Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress (3:13)
The Doors – Roadhouse Blues (4:01)
Rolling Stones – Satisfaction (3:42)
Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta – Grease Megamix (4:46)
Smokie – Living Next Door To Alice (Who The Fuck Is Alice) (3:31)
Cher – The Shoop Shoop Song (2:42)
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (4:48)
The Jacksons – Can You Feel It (5:35)
Earth, Wind & Fire – September (3:31)
Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything [Beats Intro] (4:22)
Paul Nicholas – Heaven On The 7th Floor (2:42)
Village People – YMCA (’93 remix) (3:38)
Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force (6:31)
Gonzalez – Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet (4:07)
Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive (6:19)
Rick James – Superfreak (3:16)
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennet & GoonRock) (4:19)
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera) (3:20)
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass (Clean Version) (3:06)
LMFAO – Sexy & I Know It (3:15)
Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire [Sex Is On Fire] (3:22)
Killers – Mr. Brightside (3:41)
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl (3:00)
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline (Live) (3:58)
John Cougar Mellencamp – Hurt So Good (3:31)
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer (3:50)
Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls (3:11)
Baha Men- Clip – Who Let The Dogs Out (0:07)
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life (4:36)
Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Islands In The Stream (4:04)
Donna Summer – Last Dance (5:47)

The Boatshed venue in Wellington

Over the last 25 years I’ve entertained dozens of times at The Boatshed in Wellington, mostly for weddings, but also for corporate clients, Christmas parties and special events. It’s a great venue with a sensational outlook of the harbour on one side and the lagoon and city on the other. On a calm night there are few places with a better view in my opinion. Here are some photos of some of the celebrations I’ve entertained over the years at this iconic venue in Wellington city. It should be noted that there is a fresh new, lighter colur scheme inside since most of these photos were taken.

Amora Hotel, Wellington

Amora Hotel Wedding & Event Venue

Here are some photos from weddings DJ Richard has entertained at the Amora Hotel (formerly The Duxton) wedding venue in Wellington. The Amora team will look after you superbly and DJ Richard can tailor the perfect entertainment solution to suit the smallest group in the suites to the largest capacity crowd in the ballroom.

Ohariu Farm, Wellington

DJ Richard has entertained several times at Ohariu Farm, which is around 20 minutes from Wellington CBD.

They can tailor your wedding to suit your budget and requirements, and can seat up to 250 guests. They have indoor and outdoor ceremony options, with a large wrap-around veranda looking out to stunning views of the countryside. It is a reasonably spacious venue where reception room can be partially separate to the dance floor & bar.

They can provide transport, buses and accommodation, with an onsite cottage available for married couple.

Wallaceville House in Upper Hutt



One of the most well-loved and busiest wedding venues in the Wellington Region is undoubtedly Wallaceville House, near Upper Hutt. Wallaceville House is a fantastic all-round wedding venue. You can hold your wedding ceremony, reception and have your photographs taken without having to travel off site. They can also provide quality accommodation for your wedding guests.
There is a choice of two wedding reception venues – The beautiful upstairs Ballroom which caters for weddings of 50 to 130 guests and for smaller numbers, the downstairs old-school Jepson Room which opens up to a gorgeous outdoor area and features a large open fireplace.

Wallaceville House in 1968When photographed in 1968, the former Jepson homestead was known as Mahoney’s Receptions. Neil and Sue Kenny bought the house, near the bottom of the Wallaceville Hill Road, re-named it Wallaceville House on September 3, 1984, and developed it as a wedding and conference centre.

The October 18, 1993 ‘Upper Hutt Leader’ said a two-storey 16-motel unit was under way, and due to open early in December; the units had opened the previous week. On September 29, 1999 the ‘Leader’ printed a picture of the Kennys, and announced that the business had been bought by two couples; Lynne and Bruce Graham brought in Cheryl and Clive Graham, of Wellington; Clive being Bruce’s uncle.

Here are some photos from some of the literally dozens of lovely weddings DJ Richard has entertained at Wallaceville House wedding venue in Upper Hutt.

The Pines, Wellington


One of the evergreen venues for entertainment in Wellington is The Pines, with spectacular views overlooking Houghton and Princess Bay. I’ve entertained there many times since 1987 and have always had great nights there, from the early dine & dance cabaret style evenings with the late Dalvanius Prime through to school balls, 21st birthday parties, company and social club events and of course, weddings.

Here are some pictures from events and celebrations I’ve entertained in recent years at The Pines.

Gear Homestead in Porirua

Since 1986 I’ve entertained dozens of times at Gear Homestead, at weddings, social gatherings, birthdays and conference dinners. It surprises me that I have so few photos these events at this gracious old homestead.

The venue is a great spot, but it has a few challenges, in terms of size, layout and acoustics, but I’ve got great discrete solutions for all of these things. Here are a few of the pictures that I do have.

Boomrock in Wellington

Boomrock is a remarkable location just out of Wellington city. It can be reached by car, bus or helicopter and is an excellent place for weddings, corporate events, team building and private parties. For your wedding, Boomrock combines one of New Zealand’s most exotic locations with delicious cuisine, fine local wines and impeccable service. But best of all, it’s out of your hands. We take your thoughts, hopes and aspirations, then deliver your perfect wedding day. No fuss, no stress, no problems.

A typical Wedding at Boomrock begins by collecting guests from your desired pick up location (within the Wellington region) and transferring them to the Lodge. Your ceremony will take place on the lawn with stunning views across the Cook Strait.

Optional activities, such as claybird shooting and extreme golf can be available for your guests to enjoy throughout the afternoon, while the Bridal party have their photos.

The evening continues with a sumptuous meal, while you enjoy the evenings celebrations with your friends and family. Boomrock accommodates up to 90 seated guests or up to 130 in a cocktail environment. DJ Richard’s discreet Bose sound system is absolutely perfect for the intimate size and layout of the venue, and it is just a few minutes drive from Richard’s home.

Boomrock_2016 from Boomrock.

The Winemaker’s Daughter venue in Te Horo

I’ve entertained a few times at The Winemaker’s Daughter wedding venue in Te Horo (near Otaki in Horowhenua), and have enjoyed the slightly rustic, but undoubtedly beautiful dining space. Weddings there tend to be relaxed, fun and a little informal, as befits the laid back feel of the place. My wireless DMX controlled LED uplighting adds a wonderful tone to the space also, as I can match the wedding theme colours earlier on during the meal, then change the colours and intensity later at will to create an entirely different feel for the dancing phase.

After the most recent wedding I entertained at this venue, the couple wrote the following lovely email to me;

Danielle and I would like to extend a grateful thank you to you for your service on New Years Eve at our wedding. Your expertise came through and you delivered on your promise. To us the whole night went splendidly and we are very happy. There have been many compliments on how well you were able to keep everything flowing seamlessly and the music set the atmosphere through the night very well.

Your additional help through out the night with other little things was very well received and appreciated. We will be recommending you to anyone who needs an MC or DJ.

So thank you once again.

New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington

In the mid 2000s, the Resene Paint company threw spectacular end of year parties for Architects, Builders, Designers and Painters to say thank you for a successful year. These parties were always greatly anticipated and invitations were excitedly cherished. In 2006 and 2007, DJ Richard was booked to accompany Uncle Monkey band to entertain the 800 or so guests at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington

The impressive, purpose built performing arts facility Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre is home to the New Zealand School of Dance. The parties were always great fun, and DJ Richard would start the evening off, then play in the band’s breaks to ensure that the energy level stayed high, while providing even more variety than the incredible Monkey Boys provided. The global financial crisis finally put a stop to the Resene parties, but it’s hoped by many that a return to this sort of client appreciation celebration will start up again now that business confidence and performance are again up and improving.