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Grand Millennium Auckland Unveils Enchanting Ballroom Makeover

26 March 2024: Grand Millennium Auckland has unveiled its ballroom transformation following an extensive makeover that features a custom-designed lighting sculpture by James Russ Studio, an 11.5m LED wall, and updated interiors.

Adorning the entire ballroom ceiling, The Sky Garden lighting sculpture handcrafted by James Russ Studio featuring over a million meticulously hand-assembled LED lights has transformed the space into a realm of enchantment.

Drawing inspiration from graceful spring blossoms of pink, purple and white wisteria flowers, the lighting sculpture embraces viewers in an immersive experience, adaptable across three dimmable settings. According to James Russ Studio, “the Sky Garden stands as a testament to artistry, innovation, and perseverance. As light dances and bounces off every surface – a sensation akin to ‘floating in a glass of champagne’ – it captivates those below.”

The bespoke carpet design is inspired by the Wai o Horotiu stream that charts its course under the city and flows to Te Waitematā harbour. Changing colour tones reflect a widening of the river connecting to a sense of place and grounding the ballroom’s interior and experience to the past, and the city’s future.

The Grand Ballroom is one of the largest ballrooms in Auckland ideal for catering to a 1,000-guest cocktail function, 800 delegates for a theatre style conference or a 550-guest banquet. The 830sqm space can be separated into four sections for smaller events that are all accessible via the pre-function area with views of Auckland city.

Grand Millennium Auckland General Manager, James Billing, says, “We’re ecstatic to showcase what is arguably one of Auckland’s best ballrooms for captivating conferencing, weddings, and gala events. The new design is even better than we had envisaged thanks to our refurbishment partners, James Russ Studio and Material Creative who have brought to life our vision, elevating the elegance and grandeur that has always been here.”

To celebrate the new-look ballroom, Grand Millennium Auckland is offering complimentary usage of the LED wall for gala dinners with 300+ people booked and held in 2024.

Grand Millennium Auckland is superbly located in the city centre close to landmark venues The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square, the city’s largest outdoor civic space. The hotel is a 600m walk from the New Zealand International Convention Centre opening mid-2025. Whether staying for business or leisure, hotel guests will appreciate being situated in the heart of cosmopolitan Auckland with some of the city’s finest dining, shopping, and entertainment venues within easy reach.

The 4.5-star hotel presents 452 spacious rooms and suites with floor to ceiling windows (that open) flanked around a central atrium flooded with natural light. All rooms feature a coveted bathtub and modern amenities for a comfortable stay. Extensive hotel facilities include an indoor heated pool, gym, executive lounge, business centre, undercover cark parking with EV charger and versatile meeting and conference facilities spanning across 15 spaces catering for events up to 1,000 people.

The hotel boasts its own dining precinct with five venues including Ember restaurant, Katsura Japanese Cuisine, The Aviary lobby bar, Estelle’s bar, and sensory dining in the dark experience Dans le Noir? Auckland Airport is 30-45 minutes by taxi and public transport is easily accessible from the hotel.

Grand Millennium Auckland is part of Millennium Hotels and Resorts New Zealand a hospitality group with 18 hotels throughout New Zealand. The group has partnered with Save the Kiwi, a leading conservation charity dedicated to the preservation of New Zealand’s national icon, kiwi. Every time a guest chooses the daily ‘no room serving’ option at any Millenium, Copthorne, Kingsgate or M Social hotels in New Zealand, the group will donate a meal for a kiwi at Save the Kiwi’s kiwi creche in Napier.

Capacity Chart

Conference RoomArea SqmCeiling HeightBanquetBanquetBanquetBanquetBanquetBanquetBanquet
Grand Ballroom8303.0-5.7m8004005501,000 – – 440
Millennium I2345.7m 200 96120200 48 36 96
Millennium II2255.7m 200 96120200 48 36 96
Millennium Ballroom4595.7m 400 200240400 100 70 216
Millennium Ballroom
& Annexe
5803.0-5.7m 500 234360500 – – 296
Tasman I1053.0m 70 405070 24 22 40
Tasman II1463..0m 120 5080120 36 28 64
Tasman Ballroom2513.0m 200 100120120 70 50 96
Tasman Ballroom
& Annexe
3723.0m 240 140170200 78 50 152
The Boardroom453.0m 20 151020 14 14 8
Pre Function Area2062.7m – –50180 – – –
Estelle’s26020.0m – –140400 – – –
Coromandel1382.4m 80 505080 30 30 40
Aucklander1603.00-5.7m 120 70120120 36 36 96
Tui 1404.5m 15 15 20 20 12 14 16
Tui 2604.5m 30 203030 18 20 24
Business Centre
Boardroom 1
272.8m – –10
Business Centre
Boardroom 2
302.8m – –10
Business Centre
Boardroom 3
242.8m – –10
Business Centre
Meeting Room 1
122.8m – –4
Business Centre
Meeting Room 2
122.8m – –4
Pool Deck240Rooftop – – 150

Key Distances

Town Centre – 2 minutes walk
Auckland Domestic and International Airport – 35 minutes drive
Auckland Town Hall – 2 minutes walk
The Civic Theatre – 2 minutes walk
Aotea Square – 2 minutes walk
M Social Auckland – 5 minutes drive
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City – 5 minutes drive

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