College House is a wonderful venue for conferences, seminars, workshops or weddings. It is only available during university vacations.

We are a five minute walk from the University of Canterbury and a seven minute drive from the airport. There is shopping nearby, including the Westfield Riccarton Mall, and we’re very close to public transport.

Your delegates will enjoy our beautiful park-like surroundings, our celebrated Warren & Mahoney buildings, comfortable rooms and top quality food.  

You will appreciate our friendly and experienced staff looking after you and your event.

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 Conference, Meeting & Event Facilities

The Study Centre seats up to 200 people and we have a number of other rooms suitable for smaller groups.


We can accommodate 159 people in newly renovated, comfortable and warm single rooms. Each floor of our 11 houses has three to five rooms that share a bathroom and kitchenette.


Healthy, seasonal, restaurant-quality meals are planned and prepared on-site.  We provide catering for any sized group for any occasion: breakfast, morning tea, a working or buffet lunch, a formal dinner or a wedding reception.


With its striking interior spaces and glorious garden setting, College House is a wonderful setting for a wedding: the ceremony and the reception. There are stunning settings for photographs and excellent facilities for groups of different sizes.  

Recent Conferences and Events

Organisations we have hosted recently include:

  • New Zealand Special Olympics
  • Grey Power
  • Royal School of Church Music
  • New Zealand Historical Association
  • New Zealand Women’s Cricket
  • New Zealand Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society
  • Oceania Athletics
  • The Society of Friends

004The Common Room

DSCF2533A typical bedroom

Downer Conference 2016