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.
With a state of the art, modern kitchen and a fabulous main dining room, Arana is the perfect location for your special event.
Due to varying factors it is always best to contact us directly to see if accommodation is available for the summer break.
Arana has both multi-story accommodation blocks and houses available for conference and function guests, as well as short to medium stay self-catering guests during summer, when we can offer a room in one of the houses for $40 per night or $50 per night with ensuite.
These rooms are single rooms. The houses are self-catering and you would share the facilities (kitchen, bathroom, laundry) with any other guest(s) that may be booked in the house over the same period. All bedding is supplied. You would need to bring your own towels. We do not service the rooms or offer any catering, and would require you to keep the houses clean and tidy upon departure. There are cleaning supplies available in the house for this purpose.
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
Groups varying from a small size, up to 300 can be comfortably catered for at Arana in terms of catering and 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.
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.
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)
- 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.
"... thank you to all the staff at Arana for their friendly and helpful service when we stayed over the NZSSA Championships recently. The accommodation was handy to everything and we had a great trip. We even won a Gold medal, which was pretty cool.
All our students loved staying at Arana, enjoyed the food, the clean and tidy rooms as well as the friendly atmosphere. We will certainly stay again if any Kristin teams are down Dunedin way and the accommodation is available."
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.