About us

Welcome to The Play House Café.

This fabulous facility 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. This venue was nominated by the New Zealand Hospitality Association as the countries best entertainment menu in 2015 and 2016.


We have live entertainment on regular basis. Bands large and small, all genres, all styles, all hand picked and amazing. We also host plays, stand up comedy, murder mysteries, improv, and much much more. Check out the calendar for information.

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 guests 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.

Quick Reference of the Venue

Capacity: 100 seated, 120 cocktail style On Site Ceremony: Yes we have several areas available for an on-site ceremony.

Catering: On site catering always available, we are also able to cater for your off site ceremony Furniture: We have high quality wooden tables and stylish dining chairs for up to 100 people.

Extras: Hire of the Playhouse cafe? also includes use of stage, full PA, mics, lights and DJ booth, projector system and large screen at no extra cost! The fee also includes all staffing costs, glass, plate, cutlery hire.

Please note: We do not provide linen or decorations.

Pack in times: The venue hire fee is for the entire day. Parties are invited to prepare and decorate their wedding from 9am that morning.

Pack out time: The Playhouse’s license runs from 11am till midnight. We would expect your wedding to be packed up by 11am the next morning.

Transport: We have strong links with transport companies in the region and are happy to source transport for 1 to 100 people.

Entertainment: From an acoustic session to 7 piece band we know the best entertainers in Nelson personally and can help you find the perfect people for your wedding.

Wedding venue hire pricing: $1000 between third weekend of November and first weekend of January. $500 rest of January till Easter. FREE rest of the year.