Weddings, The Playhouse Cafe - Restaurant, Theatre, Live bands and Functions, Weddings


You can get married here at Nelson's Best Wedding Venue!

We are on to WINTER HOURS! Thursday to Saturday 11am till late. Sundays 11am till 4pm. If you have a large party we will open up any day of the week for bookings.

Check the schedule to make sure we are not closed for a wedding or private function before you come on out.

We do have FREE VENUE HIRE for your event/wedding/private function till Mid November on available dates. Contact us on 5402985 to see what we can do for you.

Whats coming up for July and August at The Playhouse

Thursday 24th July: Sun City Rockers Night, call for more details.

Friday 25th July: Paul Madsen's 80's Tribute night, $25, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm. Come and watch one of NZ≠s best entertainers perform all the 80≠s classics Duran Duran, Culture Club ,Billy Idol, Bon Jovi,Michael Jackson, George Michael, Ah-HA and much more.

Friday 1st August: Coal Town Blues, $25, additional $20 buffet available and blackboard menu. Play from 8pm, Dinner from 6pm. A play written by Mervyn Thompson. Performed by Chris Green. Coaltown Blues depicts both the tragedy and comedy of poverty and politics; the struggles throughout Mervyn‚s childhood in a West Coast mining town. It is both a celebration and a lament for the working class roots from which he sprang. Phone 5402985 for bookings.

Saturday 2nd August: International Blues Music Day, $30, additional $20 buffet available and blackboard menu. Dinner from 6pm, Music from 6pm. Sitting limited to 70 diners only then standing room only. Featuring Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps, The Boogie Train,West Coast Blues Band, Denny and Stamp, Russ Mattsen, Ralph Bennett-Eades. Come and celebrate the regions best Blues Musos and the amazingly versatile genre that is Blues Music! Phone 5402985 for bookings.

Sunday 3rd August: Rock n' Roll Out The Vote, FREE, 12pm till 8pm. Tamati Coffey, Harmony Aquarian, The Dions, Introvertigo, Jucinda Ardern, Damian OConnor and many more musicians and politicians on hand. Great day of politics and music to encourage people to GET OUT AND VOTE!!! Phone 5402985 for bookings.

Friday 8th August: Jib Jam 2014 Snowboarding event, FREE, Doors open 530pm, warm ups 6 till 630, Comp from 630 till 730, Finals 745 till 8pm, DJ's from 830 after prize giving. Massive ramp and rail set up, heaps of fun for the whole family. Black board menu available on the night plus hot chips and refreshments available all night.

Friday 22nd August: MUNTED: A play about the Christchurch Earthquake, $20, additional $20 buffet available and blackboard menu. Play from 8pm, Dinner from 6pm. That‚s also the title of a theatrical response to the Canterbury 22 February 2011 earthquake, derived exclusively from interviews with those who experienced it, including Cantabrians, members of the media and other New Zealanders. Three performers bring 15 people to vivid life in this hour long show: From a dentist buried in a hole filled with liquefaction, to a TV cameraman stuck on the roof of his building, to a school teacher and a four year old boy ˆ these are shared stories of hope and loss, finding laughter amongst grief, and a strengthened community in the heart of a shaken city. Phone 5402985 for bookings.

Saturday 23rd August: Rocky Horror Evening, Hugh Neil and Friends, $20, additional $20 buffet available and blackboard menu. Show from 8pm, Dinner from 6pm. Dress up and do the time wrap, great night out of interactive theatre, prizes for best dressed. Group discounts available.

Friday 29th August: Too Many Chiefs, Andrew London and Friends. $20, Full menu available from 6pm, Music from 8pm. From a chance meeting in a Paekakariki cafe in 2012, four singer/songwriter bandleaders hatched a cunning plan to join forces and present a show featuring their favourite original songs, without their usual 'Indians'. Although working in slightly different genres the Chiefs discovered enough common ground to compile a repertoire that brings together elements of jazz, country, folk, blues and good old rock'n'roll, and showcases some of the best songwriting New Zealand has to offer.

Sat 30th August: Zenda Belly Dancing 20th year celebration.$15, $10 for seniors, Kids Free. Full menu available from 6pm, Music from 8pm. ZENDA Belly Dance Celebrates 20 Years with a show at the Playhouse The 10 ZENDA troupe members and some ZENDA student dancers will perform a variable visual variety of dances. ZENDA was formed by Gretchen Howard in 1994 to perform in the Wearable Art show. Show proceeds will go to the Nelson Brain Injury Support Group.


Wedding, Birthday, anniversary, mid winter Christmas, reunion, business seminar or charity fund raiser.

Thinking of holding an event in 2014? Why not have it at one of the most unique and best set up venues in the region.

From May 1st until November 1st The Playhouse is offering FREE VENUE HIRE for large groups wanting to hold an event at the Theatre Cafe! (Saturday nights excluded but considered depending on date and numbers at the event, conditions may apply)

With all the features this venue offers, that is hard to beat.

The restaurant can sit up to 100 inside and 120 cocktail style.

Massive garden to relax and mingle in the sun.

Amazing food for all tastes and price ranges prepared by our wonderful Swiss owner/chef Manuela Fuhrimann.

Fully licensed bar.

Built in PA system, projector, stage and lighting for you to use at no extra cost.

Nic Roland, owner/manager, can also help you plan your event, sourcing the right entertainment, transport options and menu for your function.


Welcome to The Play House Café.

This fabulous venue is a short drive from Nelson, just off the Motueka highway near Mapua. Out here we believe in good food, good entertainment and good times.

Great Outdoor Setting

With a beautiful outdoor garden the Café allows groups or individuals to find a secluded spot in the shade or come and socialise around the many wooden and stone tables.

Ideal Function Venue

The venue is a fantastic setting for your wedding, birthday, staff function or any other reason you feel like having a celebration.

Allow your guest to enjoy the lovely gardens and be served in our artistically decorated restaurant. From large groups of up 120 to intimate gatherings, we have the solution for your needs. Live entertainment happens here all year round, so please check our What's On page to find out about all the upcoming events here at The Play House Cafe.

Any Bands and plays wanting to perform here at The Play House please Contact Us