Registration will close August 16, 2024 at

The 2024 Waves Conference will be held at the Lower Hutt Events Centre. This new, purpose-built event venue in the heart of Lower Hutt. Lower Hutt Events Centre is one of Wellington's newest venues for conferences, meetings, and seminars as well as weddings and social events.

The 800 square metre event space has natural light, providing stunning views of picturesque Riddiford Garden.


  • The Riddiford Garden carpark is adjacent to Lower Hutt Events Centre on Laings Road. It's a public pay and display car park providing 40 spaces, fees: $6 a day or $1 an hour.
  • The Centre City Plaza car park is located 250 metres from the venue on Queens Drive and the large Riverbank car park is 800 metres from the centre, accessible from Daly Street.
  • There are many surrounding suburban street parks available and some are free all day or have 2-hour limits.


  • Lower Hutt Events Centre has floor level access at all entrances as well as automatic doors for easy entry.
  • Access into the Events Centre main auditorium, Town Hall, café and accessible toilets are all on the ground floor. There is lift access to the first floor meeting rooms as well as a lift to the stage of the Town Hall.

Getting to the venue

  • From Wellington the Airport Flyer Bus service will deliver you to the Queensgate shopping mall, from there it's a two minute walk to the centre. Regular train services operate between Wellington Central and Waterloo & Melling stations, and it is a short taxi fare or a 20-minute walk to the Events centre from either of the train stations. The Events Centre is a 22km journey from the Wellington International airport and is an approximate $80 taxi fare depending on your time of travel.

Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington

Wellington is a compact and connected city with a powerful mix of culture, nature and cuisine. Fuel your visit with local coffee and world-class craft beer, visit the national museum Te Papa, go behind the scenes to learn movie magic secrets, be inspired by incredible live events, and immerse yourself in acclaimed nature experiences — all on the doorstep of your venue and hotel.

If you are staying on after the conference check out these things to do: