The Plaza

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The plaza is the ultimate blank canvas waiting for you to bring your creative ideas to life.

Whether you’re planning a gala dinner, cocktail function, exhibition or product launch – it will be an event to remember at the Opera House Plaza.

A light, adaptable and modern indoor/outdoor venue, the Plaza is 600msq and features a retractable roof and excellent street profile. We also have gas heaters for hire.

We can help make your event a success at the Opera House Plaza. Contact us on phone 871 5000 or email


The entertainment space off the Opera House Plaza has a brand new name: The Eastbourne.

The winner of a competition to name the space was announced on Friday. Julie Hart, the manager of Hastings Women’s Refuge, was thrilled to win the naming competition. Her prize is a catered dinner for up to 10 people in The Eastbourne.

Ms Hart’s entry beat 120 submissions.

The Eastbourne is the space next to the Opera House Plaza formerly leased by Opera Kitchen which has moved a few metres down into the historic HB Electric Power Board building.opera-kitchen

The space that is combined with the use of the plaza area, maybe as a relaxing zone away from the main event area or can be hired on its own to host a smaller special event.

The naming comes as plans for the earthquake strengthening of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House continue.


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Catering Options

Dish-049Dish Foods Ltd are our exclusive catering partners based on-site within the Hawke’s Bay Opera House building.

The team bring together many years of experience in catering for events both large and small and will personally work with you to customise a menu specifically tailored to meet your requirements and budget.

The Hawke’s Bay Opera House team and Dish Foods function managers will communicate extensively with you throughout the planning stages of your event and on the day itself to ensure everything runs smoothly and according to plan.

With Dish Foods catering your function, you can relax with the knowledge that the team will oversee everything.