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The Substation

259 Milton St
Christchurch, 8023
+64 27 4455 588
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Venue Facilities
  • Additional Meeting Rooms
Layout Options
  • Banquet 200
  • Cabaret 60
  • Cocktail 290
  • Theatre 100
  • Boardroom 100
  • Classroom 70

This venue is one of a kind and boasts both character and beauty in its own way.

Milton St Substation was first built in 1928 and recently renovated to become one of Christchurch's premium events and conference venues. The high ceilings and brick walls make it a great place to create, inspire and have your event vision come to life.

Areas and Rooms

The historic façade remains untouched while the grand doors lead you through to an entirely different and pleasantly surprising interior.

  • On the ground floor the spacious lobby leads into the large industrial basement’esque room or head from the lobby up to the mezzanine that overlooks the lobby and sun soaked outside deck.
  • All areas lead to the festoon-lit courtyard to the north-facing rear of the building.


  • The kitchenette offers caterers a private space to prepare & cook meals.
  • Three stylishly modern indoor bathrooms and two outdoor bathrooms.


  • The entrance doors allow vehicles to drive inside the lobby or utilize the speak-easy door for an elusive entry.
  • A flagpole allows a unique opportunity to customize a flag to be seen by all in the greater South of Christchurch.

Available Rooms:

  • Long tables, timber tops and white chairs set for a function. String fairy lights loop between the exposed beams


    Layout Options:

    • Banquet 180
    • Cabaret 60
    • Cocktail 250
    • Theatre 100
    • Classroom 70
    • Boardroom 90
  • Workshop set up, delegates sit at round tables facing the speaker at presentation


    Layout Options:

    • Banquet 80
    • Cabaret 50
    • Cocktail 90
    • Theatre 80
    • Classroom 60
    • Boardroom 50
  • View looking down into the courtyard where delegates network and enjoy drinks

    Full venue

    Layout Options:

    • Banquet 200
    • Cocktail 290
    • Classroom 70