ilex cafe events space

Nestled below a canopy of oak tree leaves is the Ilex Café and function room. In the evenings this space is brought to life, transforming into multiple indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Inside, floor to ceiling windows fill the room with light and views that overlook vast lawns and the luscious palm-filled nursery. Outdoor, guests are treated to a private courtyard surrounded by nature, with bar and food stations setting the scene for a lively garden party.


We specialise in the  execution of outstanding conference events. Everything from intimate boardroom lunches, to multi-day conferences, seminars, exhibitions, award nights and corporate functions.

It’s all in the detail.


Naturally Unique

Hidden away from the bustle of the city, among the 150-year-old Holm Oaks, Ilex stays true to the rich origins and beauty of the breathtaking Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Situated at the centre of this world-renowned site, along the banks of the Avon River, Ilex event spaces are designed to complement the nature around us. This is a secluded sanctuary in the heart of Christchurch.

Corporate Events

From design through to service, we’re passionate about creating unique corporate event experiences with effortless attention to detail. Offering full sensory journeys inspired by our vibrant backdrop, Ilex is renowned for delivering some of Christchurch’s most iconic corporate events.