The Boatshed Venue in Wellington

Since I started working as a DJ in 1986, I’ve entertained dozens of times at The Boatshed venue in Wellington. The events have been mostly 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.

Surrounded by panoramic water and city views, the Boatshed venue is ideal for your wedding reception, ceremony or private function. An additional deck area between the Wellington Rowing Club and Boatshed can be booked for your ceremony or for guests to enjoy their first glass of champagne on arrival.

The Boatshed venue offers a perfect location for your wedding photographs with the historic building or the steps leading down to the lagoon as beautiful backgrounds. Capacity for a seated meal is 200 people or 300 people for a cocktail function.

It should be noted that there is a fresh new, lighter colour scheme inside since most of these photos were taken.

Photos of the Boatshed Venue in Wellington

A great history

The Boatshed is administered by the Star Boating Club Preservation Charitable Trust whose core focus is to maintain the heritage building home of the Star Boating Club and support rowing.The Star Boating Club is understood to be the oldest surviving sports club in the North Island. The Boatshed/Star Boating Club building on the Wellington Waterfront has been home to the Club since 1886 and was registered as a Category 1 Historic Place by Historic Places Trust in June 2009.

The Star Boating Club building has been the shoreward destination for rowers since Wellington’s colonial days. A shifting presence in Wellington’s cityscape, the building has twice accompanied the tides of reclamation.

Built in 1874, it was designed to travel – being built on heavy bearers to enable it to be moved as Wellington harbour reclamation proceeded. In 1889 the building was towed behind a contractor’s steam engine onto the site adjacent to the Free Ambulance station building where it became known as Downstage Theatre on Cable Street. The final move was carried out in 1991 when The Boatshed became a focal point for the Lambton Harbour Waterfront Development along with its sister building, the Wellington Rowing Club.