Stunning church venue for concerts, weddings, events, photo shoots

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130 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
Min booking: 3 hoursUp to 300 people
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Community of St Luke

SpacetoCo Host since September 2019

Our intention is to offer our local and wider community opportunities to belong and for meaningful participation.

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About this space

Saint Luke’s Church is the perfect location to host a wedding, concert or performance. It’s also suitable for community events, theatre, art exhibitions and many other functions. Situated minutes from Remuera and Newmarket with free parking, hosting your event here could not be more convenient. We're a lively community consisting of many different groups and individuals who gather for a great variety of reasons. We seek to be a nurturing community and we recognise and value the diversity of the many people who are part of our Community and use our premises. We aim to meet the needs of all who would like to share and enjoy our community buildings, church and other resources. One of our pillars is music and we love hosting all types of concerts - from choral to pop bands.

The Church is a beautiful stone gothic building. Stunning stained glass windows surround the space, filling it with a glorious light and ambience. The church space is ideal for hosting regular or one off activities and concerts such as dance, drama, singing and music. It could be used for community meetings, art exhibitions or speaking sessions. The natural acoustics and ambience make it an ideal space for concerts and choirs. We’ve hosted rock bands to orchestras and are open to all types of music in our space.

The church space has original wooden pews for seating that can face around a central space or to the altar. There is a carpeted area at the back that works well for groups that need larger space.

Vital Statistics:
Pax: 300 max
Pews - approx 27 each seating 6-8 people
Extra chairs are available
Stained glass windows
Audio/speaker system
Free wifi
Grand piano - hireage fees apply. $10 concert rehearsal, $50 concert. Both payable directly to the Auckland Boy's Choir
NOTE: The piano is not to be moved. It is on brass castor wheels which can easily damage the wooden floor. Any repairs to damage caused by moving the piano will be at the hirers expense.

The church can be booked for morning, afternoon and evening sessions for a minimum of 3 hours. You need to book time for any set up and pack down time as well as your event. The church must be returned to how you found it as we have regular services and events.

During weekdays the centre is open from 7.30am to 10pm, with staff usually available from 7.30am until mid afternoon, to help, greet your guests and answer questions. Earlier starts or late finishes outside of working hours can be accommodated.
The community centre is open until the last booking has finished. How to access the centre will be communicated before your event starts.

Catering & Alcohol
We don't provide catering but we're happy for you to organise this. We recommend Jess Underground Kitchen who are located 3 mins walk away and have healthy and delicious options. Check out their catering options here: Link.
We have a shared kitchen space in the communal lounge where you can store and plate up food. There is a microwave, steriliser, oven, gas hob, hot water urn and a family sized fridge freezer.
Teapots, coffee plungers, milk jugs, crockery and cutlery, glassware, water jugs and some platters are all included in the cost of hire - but please bring your own food & drink supplies.
If you use the communal equipment, you must be prepared to clean it up after usage.

Alcohol: The sale of alcohol is not permitted on these premises, but you can bring your own to share with your guests. Wine glasses are available as part of the hire.

Regular bookings:
We'd love to host your group regularly. You can book multiple sessions and pay upfront, or message us if you would like to book ahead and pay monthly. We can help find a regular slot that works for you.

Information about Weddings:
Saint Luke’s Church is a beautiful stone gothic building. Stunning stained glass windows surround the space, filling it with a glorious light and ambience - making it the perfect location for your wedding. If you’re looking for the ideal space to create your dream wedding without breaking the bank, look no further. Anyone can be married in St Luke's. You don’t have to be a member of St Luke's, or be a Presbyterian, or be baptised. It does not matter if one or both of you are from another or no church background. Gay and lesbian couples are also welcome.

The church seats about 250 people on pews, and an extra 50 seats can be added if needed.

Our wedding package:
The wedding package is a fixed price of $1,100 inc GST that includes:

  • $300 non refundable deposit if booking cancelled less than 180 days before wedding

  • Use of the Church for 3 hours for your wedding ceremony

  • Our minister Glynn Cardy to conduct the ceremony

  • A 1 hour rehearsal, which includes time to set up any decorations

  • Our organist

You may organise the below yourself - but the fixed price is still the same:
Your own minister or pastor may conduct the ceremony
You may organise your own organist - although they must be approved by our organist
You may opt to play recorded music instead of having an organist

To book and pay in full ($1,100) for this package - first select a 3 hour block around your ceremony start time ($300) and then select the $800 wedding package at checkout. We will confirm availability before booking. Depending on availability, we’re happy to conduct weddings on any day between 6am and 10pm excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.

FAQs about weddings at St Lukes:

Does It Matter If One Of Us Has Already Been Married Or In A Civil Union?
No. A legally dissolved former marriage or civil union is not a barrier to a wedding in St Luke's.
If you are currently in a civil union as a couple, the civil union must be dissolved before you can marry one another.

Does It Matter If We Are Already Living Together?
No. Most weddings conducted in St Luke's are of people who have already begun living together.
We make no judgement on how other people have chosen, as responsible adults, to arrange their lives.

Do We Have To Have Attend Any Classes Or Courses?
No. We do however recommend you attend a course during your engagement period.

Do We Have To Come To Church At St Lukes Before Our Wedding?
No, but yes. We make no demand that you do this. However we would enjoy your company with us one Sunday.

Can We Write Our Own Vows?
Yes. In fact, you can incorporate whatever prayers, readings and music you like.

Which Door Would We Use?
The entrance in the tower facing Remuera Road (the glass doors) is used for weddings.
Wheel-chair access is available through the main entrance up the drive.

Can We Arrange Our Own Flowers?
Maybe, but.... we would prefer to use our own arrangers who would provide a large arrangement set on a pedestal at the front of the church, and a smaller arrangement on a table at the back of the church.

Can We Decorate The Ends Of The Pews?
Yes, by tying any decorations on, and removing them after the wedding.

Do We Need A Rehearsal?
Yes. Rehearsals are scheduled for an hour usually the day before the wedding day, and this time also includes placing any decorations in the church.

Using the community centre afterwards.
We have plenty of great spaces you can use for hosting your guests afterwards. These are priced in addition to the wedding ceremony package.
For informal light drinks and nibbles:
We have a sunny and homely area with outside courtyard and a kitchen that can be used for drinks and nibbles after your ceremony. This space has tables and comfy seating on chairs and sofas for up to 40. For standing it would work for up to 150.
We have a shared kitchen space in the communal lounge where you can store and plate up food. There is a microwave, steriliser, oven, gas hob, hot water urn and a family sized fridge freezer.
Teapots, coffee plungers, milk jugs, crockery and cutlery, glassware, water jugs and some platters are all included in the cost of hire - but please bring your own food & drink supplies.
If you use the communal equipment, you must be prepared to clean it up after usage, taking away all rubbish and recyclables.
You’re welcome to use a caterer or bring your own food and drinks. We recommend Jess' Underground Kitchen.

Alcohol is fine to be served as long as it’s not being sold

The space must be returned to how you found it after your celebrations - so please include enough time in your booking to set up and pack down after your event.
As this is not exclusive hire, there may be other groups accessing other spaces in the community centre.
To book this space for 2-3 hours after your ceremony - please select this option at checkout. For extra time, add on additional hourly rates.

Hiring the whole community centre:
The whole community centre can be hired for your after party. This includes the area described above, plus 2 large function rooms. With help from caterers, the wedding breakfast could be served buffet style or seated in any of the rooms, depending on your capacity. You would need to arrange linen and tableware for this.

The church could also be used for a band and dancing.
Please contact us for more information on shaping a package rate and availability for hiring the whole community centre.

Accessibility:
We have a designated disabled car park space and can reserve more if you tell us in advance. This room is easily accessible for wheelchairs, all on one level with an automatic door opening. We have a disabled toilet.
We're open for viewings in normal business hours - although our rooms are busy, so best to message us to check for a suitable time
Please note our car park is one way.

Location:
We're located on Remuera Road, a 10 minute walk from Newmarket and Remuera town centres.
We have 38 free car parking spaces.
If these are taken there is free parking on Bassett Road & Arney Road. Please note: Remuera Road has a clearway both sides, 4-7pm.
It’s 10 minutes walk to Newmarket train station.
From Newmarket you can easily connect with the inner & outer city Link buses.
There are bus stops going East and West to and from the city directly outside the centre.
An Uber would cost $15 from Britomart.
It's a 30 minute drive in good traffic to the airport.
We have a bike stand at the front door

What's nearby?
Many shops, restaurants and cafes in Newmarket Town Centre and the brand new Westfield Mall. Newmarket broadway has many boutique shops
We’re 3 mins from State Highway 1. Going South, we’re 3 minutes from St Mark's Road motorway on-ramp; going North, it’s 5 mins to the Gillies Avenue on-ramp.
Some of Auckland's top 50 cafes are within a 10 minute radius including Billi, Cali Eatery and L’Atelier du Fromage.
Our staff favourites for dinner are Remuera Thai Village and Safran in Newmarket. The Lumsden has a selection of local craft beers so your post event drinks are sorted!
We're a 10 - 15 minute drive from Auckland Museum and War Memorial, the Domain, the Parnell Rose Garden, Mt Eden and the world famous Eden Park.
We’re near many great accommodation options, and we’re a 10 minute drive from many reasonably priced motels and hotels on Great South Road and Newmarket.

Amenities

WiFi

Chairs

Family Friendly

Outdoor area

Free parking

Coffee / Tea

Toilets

Audio Speakers

Public transport close by

Kitchenette

Heater

Sound system

Available staff

Wheelchair Friendly

Friendly staff

Book library

Tranquil courtyard

Newspapers

Waiting area

Visit the church

Suitable for

Stage

Wedding

Meeting.

Filming

Networking

Studio

Performance

Function

Event

Fitness

Yoga

Birthday

Lecture

Celebration

Exhibit

Community

Dancing

Gallery

Meditation

Photo Shoot

Opening hours

All times are in the space's local timezone which is +13:00 NZDT

Monday

6:00am - Midnight

Tuesday

6:00am - Midnight

Wednesday

6:00am - Midnight

Thursday

6:00am - Midnight

Friday

6:00am - Midnight

Saturday

6:00am - Midnight

Sunday

6:00am - Midnight

Rules

People are expected to set up and pack down the room yourself. Leave it as you found it.

The grand piano is not to be moved under any circumstance. It is on brass castor wheels which can easily damage the wooden floor. Any repairs to damage caused by moving the piano will be at the hirers expense.

You need to pay for the time it takes to run your event, and set up and pack down. Please allow for this in your booking.

Please bring your own stationery including whiteboard markers and flipchart pens

If you use the kitchen equipment, this needs to be cleaned up after each break or meal as a courtesy to other centre users who are also using it throughout the day.

The staff appreciate a chocolate muffin. Colin likes a long black with1 sugar and Pamela likes a decaf flat white.

Guide dogs welcome
No smoking in the centre or on the grounds.

We encourage plastic free.

Defibrillator on site.

Evacuation plan - the assembly point is by the wooden fence in the main carpark. The centre has a number of exits.
If you’re in the courtyard and the lounge room you exist via the back gate.
The counselling rooms have their own fire exit.

The group leader must register at reception and provide a mobile that’s kept on during their session in case we need to contact you in an emergency.

Additional details

Cancellation policy

Cancel for free up to 2 days before the start of your booking

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