The Langham Auckland unveils The Great Room

Guest Writer

26 Feb 10 ( The Great Room at The Langham, Auckland, the newest and grandest ballroom and conference venue in the land, will befittingly host CheeseFest ’10, the greatest cheese festival in New Zealand.

The Langham will open the doors on its brand new NZD$8 million facility for CheeseFest on Wednesday 3 March, giving all guests to the event the opportunity to see The Great Room in its entirety for the first time.

The 1200 square metre venue is pillar less and one of the largest event spaces in New Zealand. It has the capacity to seat 900 guests banquet style and 1400 guests theatre style in a room that can move effortlessly from a day time conference venue to an elegant evening dinner space. With a range of smaller meeting rooms supporting the venue, The Great Room can also be divided into four sections and will offer a multi-faceted event space of a truly international standard.

“We are delighted that The Great Room at The Langham, Auckland is open for business and that we can celebrate with CheeseFest ’10 as the first official event. The Great Room will set a new benchmark in event excellence in New Zealand and is destined to be the greatest room in the land with its heady combination of grandeur and glamour mixed with versatility and value,” says Jeffrey van Vorsselen, Managing Director of The Langham.

With plenty of room to host stands from every New Zealand cheese company and the 400 plus cheese they have entered into the Cuisine Champion of Cheese Awards, The Great Room is set to become a centre of food and beverage excellence itself.

“The Great Room is not simply a room. It is total concept from start to finish, using the highest quality materials and fabrics in its construction, state-of-art audio visual installations, innovative design and in terms of food and beverage, it will offer restaurant quality cuisine at all times. In support of the culinary offering, we will be unveiling a ‘Bill of Fare’ (range of banquet packages) that will further complement the environment and on a scale unseen before,” says Mr van Vorsselen.

“We believe there is a large market in New Zealand and overseas requiring a true five-star conferencing and ballroom experience in Auckland. With The Great Room, we will also have a great asset from a tourism perspective, as we can attract high quality and large scale events and conferences, like CheeseFest, to the city.”

The 1200 square metre room showcases over 100 remote controlled pin spotlights in the roof, six large electronic screens, wireless internet connection, electronic signage and an integrated sound system - to name but a few of The Great Room’s extensive AV features. Multi-Media Systems Ltd is the onsite AV supplier to The Great Room and The Langham has worked closely with the company throughout the extensive project. In keeping with the hotel’s sumptuous interior design and soft furnishings, The Great Room’s look and feel has been translated into a timeless experience with lush yet versatile colour palettes and fabrics – and of course with the hotel’s signature chandeliers. There will be 33 exquisite crystal chandeliers featuring in The Great Room.

CheeseFest ’10 Wednesday 3 March 5pm - 8pm
This is the unique opportunity for the public to taste, buy and learn more about award winning NZ cheese. Only NZ$30 a ticket buys a glass of wine and unlimited tasting. CheeseFest also features the Cuisine Artisan Award winners. Tickets are available from . Door sales will also be available on the night.

For further information about The Great Room and for bookings or inquiries please contact:
The Events Team at The Langham, Auckland or tel: (0064) 09 300 2901

For interviews with Jeffrey van Vorsselen, Managing Director of The Langham please contact:

For a digital ‘walk through’ of The Great Room please refer to the video at:

For further information about The Great Room and meetings and events at The Langham please refer to our website at:

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