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


Book your spring wedding here at The Playhouse in September or October 2015 and receive FREE VENUE HIRE and a VERY SPECIAL GIFT TO THE VALUE OF $300 (Nibbles or Beverage voucher). Contact us now on 5402985 for further details.

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We are on SUMMER HOURS now...Tues and Wed 11am til 4pm Thurs - Sun 11am til late, Closed Mondays.

Feb 1st Sun: SALMONELLA DUB, After 20 years these guys are still one of NZs best live acts, and we stoked to be hosting them at one of the countries best venues. With support from Lady J it's gonna be a doozy! $40+bf. THIS WILL SELL 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 at The Playhouse

Sat 20th: Alice in Wunderlust, Verona Vega returns from Australia to present her hit burlesque show. Originally from Nelson she is now a professional Burlesque entertainer in Melbourne. A spectacular not to be missed. $20, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Dec Sun 21st : The Deep End: Christmas Special. Improvised Comedy at is best. You design the comedy by adding ideas to the wishing tree and then they make the funny! Great fun for the whole family. $15 for adults, $12 or kids. Dinner from 530pm, Show from 730pm.

Dec Thurs 25th : Christmas Day European Style Buffet (sold out), Huge Christmas Buffet at The Playhouse, 3 course buffet, including seafood entree buffet, 3 meat mains buffet and yummy dessert buffet. $70 per adult, $30 for kids under 12. 11am start. Bookings essential.

Dec Fri 26th : Back Yard Cricket Competition, Boxing day classic! Great fun for the whole family. Teams of 5. Starts at 1pm sharp. Midday warmups and signup. Free to all. Bookings recommended.

Dec Sat 27th : Boogie Train, (half full) Nelson's BEST blues band, get the real deal here, guaranteed dancing for all. $15, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm. Bookings recommended.

Dec Sun 28th : Miho Wada and her Jazz Orchestra, amazing jazz music with full band. Heaps of fun and great music. $10, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm. Bookings recommended.

Dec Mon 29th : The Great 2014 Quiz Night, the big wrap up quiz for the year. Teams of 8 or less. FREE TO ALL! Dinner from 530pm, Quiz from 730pm. Bookings recommended.

Dec Tues 30th : Gary McCormick and Hammond Gamble, Comedy and blues, the perfect combo. Iconic comedian and scholar Gary McCormick teams up with the legendary blues man Hammond Gamble at the best venue in the land. $30, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Dec Wednes 31st: Family and Kids New Years Eve Party, Let the kids loose, enjoy dinner and drinks in the friendly environment. Bouncy castle for the little ones and beer for the big ones. FREE TO ALL! Starts around 5pm.

Jan 1st Thurs: Paul Ubana Jones, The master musician makes a Journey to the Playhouse. One man and his guitar will successfully blow your mind with his amazing music. $25. Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Jan 2nd Fri: Nelson Jazzfest presents The Mike Filed Quintet, join this amazing trumpet player from Canada and his skillful jazz band. FREE TO ALL, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm. Booking recommended.

Jan 3rd Sat: Nelson Jazzfest presents The Flaming Mud Cats, Red hot blues and it's rocking best. Prepare to hit the dance floor and have a great night out. FREE TO ALL, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm. Booking recommended.

Jan 5th Mon: Open Mic Monday, come along with your instrument and show us what you can do. FREE TO ALL, Open Mic starts at 7pm.

Jan 7th Wed: Quiz Night, best quiz night in town. Teams of up to 8. Koha for quiz. Quiz from 7pm, dinner from 6pm onwards.

Jan 8th Thurs: The Balkanistas, Massive Gypsy Jazz Dance group from Wellington. Heaps of fun to get on down to. $10, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Jan 9th Fri: The Johnnys, The one and only all girl Johnny Cash Band! These girls just toured with The Top twins and are truly the bees knees. Don't miss out. $15, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Jan 10th Sat: The Starlet of Nelson Burlesque Competition, A spectacular Burlesque event where local lasses compete to be the Starlet of Nelson 'Grande Winner'. $20 presales, $30 on the night. Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm. Bookings recommended.

Jan 14th Wed: Quiz Night, best quiz night in town. Teams of up to 8. Koha for quiz. Quiz from 7pm, dinner from 6pm onwards.

Jan 16th Fri: Paul Madsen presents The BeeGees, The prolific Paul Madsen presents his amazing tribute to the BeeGees. This act is officially endorsed by the BeeGees them selves, he takes this show to Las Vegas on an annual bias. It is the real deal! $25, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm. Bookings recommended.

Jan 17th Sat: Paul Madsen presents The Eagles and Queen, Witness the ever entertaining Paul Madsen take to the playhouse stage to perform all of your favorite tunes from Queen and The Eagles. Great night out of wining, dining and dancing. $25, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm. Bookings recommended.


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

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