Alongside was designed with the larger McMaster Family in mind. From Great Grandparents down to the youngest baby we love creating family memories of fabulous parties & dinners for friends. We now have a space perfect for your family and friends to host and celebrate their milestones over the water in the Bay of Islands

We are very proud of our place in the Bay and think the deck is the perfect spot to hold your function. Whether you are planning a wedding in the Bay, a work function or a fundraiser, Alongside has a lot to offer. The deck is made up of lounge type seating areas and sit down dining areas that can be combined for a large function or sectioned off depending on your needs. We can help with theming for your function and arranging music should you require.

For more information on functions, browse through our function options or email our events manager. 

Sarah and her team would love to help you plan and host the perfect event here in the Bay of Islands. Alongside is a stunning outdoor venue you will fall in love with for your:

  • Corporate function
  • Conference
  • Birthday parties for young and old
  • Wedding
  • After work shout
  • Work meeting
  • ​Marriage Proposal
  • Anniversary Meal

Function Areas

At Alongside, we have a number of different areas to suit your function. Please use the deck plan below to select your required area. Should you wish to discuss your options further, please contact our events manager. 

Option A - The Entire Deck  

  • Can seat up to 200 guests on a combination of conventional dining furniture and lounge seating 
  • Has the capacity for 600 standing guests for a cocktail style function 
  • Set menu and canape options available
  • Shade umbrellas 
  • Covered canopy area 
  • Deck would be closed to the public
  • Minimum spend of $20,000
  • Discounted spend applies in winter & mid-week - please get in touch for details 

Option B - 1/2 Deck use (Blue Area)

  • Can seat up to 100 guests in a formal dining arrangement
  • Has the capacity for up to 200 standing guests in a cocktail style function
  • Set menu and canape options available
  • Shade umbrellas
  • Unspoilt views out over the Bay 
  • Remainder of the deck would stay open to the public 
  • Minimum spend $10,000 based on 1/2 day use
  • Discounted spend applies in winter & mid-week - please get in touch for details 

Option C - Intimate Lounge Area (Orange)

  • Seats up to 40 people on lounge style sofas
  • Has the capacity for up to 80 standing guests in a cocktail style function
  • Perfect for pre-Wedding gatherings, engagment functions, family reunions or after work shouts
  • Canape options available 
  • Minimum spend starts at $2000
  • Discounted spend applies in winter & mid-week - please get in touch for details 

Catering Options

Let us put together the perfect catering arrangement for your function. Our menus change with the seasons and we strive to have the freshest produce in our recipes. We pride ourselves in serving innovative and contemporary dishes that reflect our stunning surroundings here in the Bay of Islands.

We can cater for a formal style function with our set menu options and a cocktail style function with our delicious canapes. Once you have selected the perfect area to suit your requirement, browse through our catering options below or contact our events manager with any queries you may have.

Set Menus


Our set menus range from a 2 course option to a indulgent 4 course option. Choose the right one for your function or get in touch for a specific POA menu request from our chef. Please note that our set menus will change seasonally.


 Download Our Set Menus



Our chef has designed a beautiful range of canapes for your function. All canapes are made fresh on the day of the event and made with locally sourced produce where possible. Canape options have a minimum guest number of 20. 


 Download Our Canape List 

Food & Drink

Our menus have all been designed to complement the superb location and views over the bay. We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We are lucky enough to have our fish line caught by local fisherman here in Northland and have it delivered fresh daily ensuring our catch of the day is fresh and tasty.

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Alongside is a truely unique venue situated right over the water in the stunning Bay of Islands. Enjoy the feel and backdrop of a beach wedding without the fuss and set-up. Alongside is the perfect place to host your ceremony out overlooking the Islands and enjoy the stunning sunset at your evening

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