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Nelson’s premier conference hotel

Are you looking for the perfect setting for your next conference or event? Consider Rutherford Hotel Nelson.

Nelson is renowned for its stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, making it an ideal destination for conferences, weddings, and private functions.

We are committed to ensuring the success of your event, regardless of its size or nature. We believe in flexibility, and our dedicated team will go above and beyond to meet your every need.

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Conference rooms

From intimate gatherings and small business meetings to large conferences of up to 700 guests, Rutherford Hotel Nelson is a versatile venue to suit your specific requirements.

  • Maitai Room: Flooded with natural light and an adjoining outdoor courtyard, perfect for banquets, trade events, or multi-day conferences. Equipped with state-of-the-art AV facilities and two separate foyers for added convenience, the Maitai room can accommodate up to 450 guests in banquet style.

  • Maitai 1: One half of the Maitai room, suitable for events of up to 220 guests in cabaret style with courtyard access.

  • Maitai 2: One half of the Maitai room, ideal for events with up to 130 guests in cabaret style with access to a private pre function space.

  • Riwaka Room: North-facing with private bathroom facilities and courtyard access, suitable for smaller board meetings or up to 40 guests cabaret style.

  • Waimea / Wairau Room: Features an in-built dance floor and accommodates up to 180 guests in a banquet setting.

  • Heaphy Room: An intimate setting with ample natural light, perfect for a boardroom meeting or events of up to 30 guests cabaret style.

Venue Capacity

Maximum numbers without audio visual and additional furnishings.

Conference facilities

Modern AV equipment

Modern AV equipment

Well-equipped business centre

Well-equipped business centre

Flexible room layouts

Flexible room layouts

On-site coordination

On-site coordination

Conference facilities

Sufficient on-site parking

Sufficient on-site parking

Wireless broadband connectivity

Wireless broadband connectivity

Capacity for up to 700 people.

Capacity for up to 700 people.

Custom catering menus

Custom catering menus

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Take a 360° tour of Rutherford Hotel's event facilities

We have a range of options to suit your next event. Use the upper left menu to select a room. Click, drag or swipe to look and move around each room.

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