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Arana has an established track record as an outstanding conference and function venue.

Our staff are well known for their flexible approach and outstanding customer service.

Upcoming conferences and events

Biostatistics Conference

Accommodation booking and payment

Onsite catering

Arana dining room function

With a state of the art, modern kitchen and a fabulous main dining room, Arana is the perfect location for your special event.

Variety of room options and outside areas


With a large dining room, a gracious formal room, and a variety of smaller spaces, Arana is a perfect setting for a variety of purposes.

With pleasant outdoor areas and courtyards, Arana easily provides for less formal functions with an indoor-outdoor feel.

Group sizes from small to large

Arana Dining room set up for a wedding

Groups varying from a small size, up to 300 can be comfortably catered for at Arana in terms of catering and accommodation.

Concert Accommodation

Occasionally depending on the time of year and the volume required, we can offer accommodation for guests coming to some of the concerts held at the Forsythe Barr Stadium.

Presentation facilities


With a purpose built movie room that doubles as a Board room the inbuilt data projector and screen is ideal for presentation. A mobile data projector and screen can be set up in any of our rooms. Often used for break-out exercises.

Past events

Jamie gilbertson at an anatomy class

Arana also hosts functions for various Dunedin and South Island business groups, particularly in December and the summer season.

Arana has hosted an interesting variety of conferences and functions in recent years and these include:

  • Movie casts
  • South Island Armed Offenders annual training exercise (including a number of dogs)
  • Weddings
  • Christening functions
  • Otago University Hands on Otago
  • Otago University Advanced Science Academy
  • Sporting teams and groups

University departments welcome

Arana is now home to a significant number of University departments, for small workshops or larger group exercises.


Enquiries welcome

Arana welcomes enquiries by phone or in person, to discuss prices, menus and particular needs any group may have. Complete privacy is assured for all Arana conference and function guests.


Tel +64 3 479 5509

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