Venue Hire & Event Space
GridAKL/Wynyard Quarter/Innovation Precinct


We know events, and have designed and crafted venues with your every need in mind. Affordable, functional and stylish, right in the heart of Auckland’s Innovation Precinct. Our event spaces are perfect to hire for your conference, seminar, workshop, roundtable, cocktail event, panel event, exhibition or product showcase.

GridAKL / John Lysaght Building / Event Space

Seating 100 theatre style, 110 cocktail style and 40-60 workshop style, the GridAKL Event Space is the ultimate venue for your next event in Auckland.

The event space and Tech Café space is divided by a movable wall, so if you have a large scale event in mind talk to us about using both spaces.

  • Stage and flexible furniture suite included in hire.
  • Kitchenette with fridge and bar leaner for you to use.
  • Plug and play AV set up, including corded microphones, projector and retractable screen.
  •  Flexible catering options.
  • Central location, easily reached by public transport.
  • Seperate entrance from laneway if needed.
  • Complimentary wifi.

GridAKL Tech Cafe

After our cafe closes it makes the perfect casual event spot – great for small meet-ups, casual round table discussions or more creative, sprawling workshop sessions.

  • A suite of cafe furniture perfect for break out sessions, round table events and more.
  • Complimentary wifi for you and your event guests.
  • Plug and play audio visual set up, including a projector, projector screen and wired microphones.
  • Seperate entrance from laneway if needed.
  • Pin-able wall for presenting info and ideas.

Download our spec sheet

What kind of projector do we have? How big is our stage exactly? It is all in our spec sheet! If you are after more info, let us know and we will be happy to help out.

Check out how to get here

Find out the easiest way for you and your guests to get to your event at GridAKL / John Lysaght Building from local parking, through to options for busses and more.

See more of our space

Just want a little bit more of a sneaky peek into our spaces? We understand! Just click the button below to check out images from both the Café and event spaces. Need more? Get in touch with us!

 GridAKL / 12 Madden Street / Event Spaces

The Workshop

An expertly designed event space capable of hosting seminars, exhibitions and functions for up to 299 people cocktail style, 200 theatre or 150 classroom / banquet style.

  • Great catering options
  • Fully serviced bar located just outside the room
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Plug and play AV including dual projectors with 130” screens and wireless mics


Available after 5pm, our open plan Members lounge makes the perfect event space capable of hosting a group of up to 200.

  • Purpose built café and bar facilities
  • Contemporary furniture options
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Built in AV including a projector, 150” dropdown screen and wireless mics

The Powerplant

Positioned on the ground floor, this multipurpose space can accommodate a group of up to 80 people.

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Great catering options
  • Built in AV including projectors, screens and wireless mics

The Accelerator

A great pop up creative space for networking or brief presentations with beautiful wooden, stadium style seating 

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Great catering options
  • Built in AV including projectors, screens and wireless mics

Meeting Rooms 

12 Madden St Meeting Rooms

A range of different and flexible meeting rooms offering seating arrangements for 4-14 people

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Access to the members bar and café
  • Great catering options
  • Built in AV including screens and teleconference facilities


A great easy to use plug and play AV set-up that has all the bases covered.


Flexible furniture perfect for everything from a workshop to a cocktail event, or panel discussion.


Onsite cafes and fully-serviced kitchens, meaning great quality food and coffee when you need it.


Versatile spaces that have everything covered, from cocktail events for 299 through to intimate roundtables for 20 or less. We can tailor our services and spaces to meet your needs.


Catering options that work for you. From DIY through to local restaurants and onsite professional catering options.

Need more Information? Please contact us!

GridAKL / 12 Madden Street:

Kelly Numan

GridAKL / John Lysaght Building

Eva Perrone

Some of our frequent events and meetups

“The Design Kid’s have held multiple events at the Tech Cafe and will continue to do so, the space is perfect for meet ups as it’s easily interchangeable for the various events we have. Crystal is a star and always has everything ready for when we arrive, she’s very accommodating for last minute changes. Our speakers have had awesome experiences commenting on the laid back and inviting nature of the space.”


— Kayleigh Bartlett – TDK