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Donegal House "The Little Irish Hotel In The Country" is your one stop venue with Accommodation, Bar and Restaurant on site all set on six acres of tranquil gardens with the backdrop of Kaikoura's most prominent landmark, Mt Fyffe.

It is a unique setting for exceptional conferences, weddings and events - all in your own private stone cottage. We personalise each and every event to suit your requirements. It truly is a venue with a difference and the Donegal team are here to make your event a success.

If you would like more information on Donegal House Conferences and Events or Weddings please click to download the Information packs or if you are in Kaikoura we would be delighted to show around Donegal House and discuss options further.


Conferences and Events

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One hundred thousand welcomes from the Donegal House team.

Donegal House is steeped in local history and has a unique welcoming and relaxed Irish atmosphere unrivalled in New Zealand. With your very own self contained Irish Stone Cottage set in 6 acres of tranquil gardens and lakes you have an ideal setting away from the work place for creativity and inspiration to thrive.

The Donegal House Conference & Event pack will give you all the information you need at this stage but of course if anything is left unanswered, the Donegal team are always happy to help and to work with you to ensure a successful conference.

The Irish Stone Cottage

Built in the style of the traditional Irish stone cottages lived in by the ancestors of Murray Boyd, the owner of Donegal House, it is a totally unique venue.

The Stone Cottage has an Irish theme in décor and features impressive macrocarpa tables that will seat 100 people, boardroom style, with room to add extra tables for numbers up to 140. Depending on the style and size of the conference/event you are looking for, the large tables can be rearranged or moved out completely. We have smaller tables as well as 10 round tables available for you to use.

Room Capacity
Theatre 150
Classroom 120
Boardroom 60
Banquet 130
Cocktail 200

Completely self-contained with toilets, retractable screen, ceiling mounted projector, lectern with microphone and hand held microphone, stage area and sound system with DVD and video functions and wireless internet; it is private from the main hotel bar and restaurant area. Private bar and kitchen facilities are available on request. Please ask for more information when booking.

Subject to the time of year and other bookings the Stone Cottage is generally available to you from 3pm the day before the conference/event for you to set up and arrange however you wish.

The venue hire rate for conferences or event hire is $200 per day, inclusive of all equipment.

Gardens and Lakes

Our gardens and lakes are another fantastic feature making Donegal House a versatile conference and event venue. Available for team building games, discussions, and separate group work and of course for lunch and breaks. The gardens lend themselves for practical team/leadership tasks where space is a necessity with many suitable locations to choose from.


Donegal House Bed & Breakfast Accommodation.
Total rooms: 27 private rooms all ensuited, 18 of which can be used as twin rooms.
Total beds: 47

The current room rate per night including our buffet style continental breakfast served in the restaurant:

Double/Twin for 2 people $160
Single $125

A cooked breakfast is available on request at $15 per head.

A range of accommodation is also available close by. Please ask for details.


We have a variety of menu options to suit your needs / requirements / budget and numbers. We will work with you to create the best option for you from the restaurant menus, set menu and finger food/BBQ options.

Donegal House requires confirmation of the total numbers 10 working days prior to the conference/event. The final numbers provided at this stage will be the catering number charged to the account. If the number of people changes please provide as much notice as possible and we will cater and charge accordingly.


The restaurant and bar are both available for you to use during your stay. You also have the option to organise a bar tab should you wish to. All drinks purchased at the bar are at standard bar prices.

0800 346 873

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Donegal House

Schoolhouse Road
New Zealand

+64 3 319 5083

Our Gardens

The backdrop of Kaikoura's most prominent landmark - Mt Fyffe - perfectly completes the gorgeous vista outside your door at Donegal House... Two spring-fed lakes are home to Chinook Salmon and several varieties of bird life, including Mute and Black Swans, Blue Teal, Paradise and Mallard Ducks.

The extensive lawns and gardens of Donegal House feature life-size statues of the Boyd ancestors who first settled this land in the 1860s. The outside deck overlooks the scene, and is the perfect place to dine or relax and enjoy a traditional pint of Guinness or one of Marlborough's world-famous wines!