A Unique Large Group Dining , Function & Wedding space Located in Cashmere, Christchurch NZ, Just 10mins from CBD


Large Group Dining , Conference, Special Functions & Weddings

Spring/Summer/Seasonal Events

Private Party & Large Groups

Now that we have adapted our business to be a Cafe and Bar downstairs, it frees up our amazing upstairs grand space to be the perfect setting with party space options to host 150+ Guests (250+  outside) we will endeavour to make your booking and catering selections as easy as possible.

A memorable event begins with a memorable location and the Takahe is a special venue.  This enchanting Building sets the perfect scene for a unique event. You’ll definitely be stimulating people’s imagination! The Sign of the Takahe is now one of Christchurch’s most sought-after group and function event spaces, with its distinct charm, the venue can be transformed to hold your most iconic parties or intimate enough to give your guests a group gathering to remember.

“There is no place that matches the old-worldly elegance of the Sign of the Takahe”. Mr. S  Anderson UK

Also, this new change means we are proud to be teamed up with Verve Catering & Spitroast.com as our trusted and exclusive caterers and they can cater for all types of dietary requirements, including allergies, intolerances, religious restrictions as well as vegetarians and vegans. Plus.. They have crafted what we believe to be many exciting menu options.

Locally Sourced Ingredients |  Bespoke Menus Available | Cooked By Trained Chefs | Complete Catering Service

 View our Exclusive Caterer Menu

These menus are for events & funct booked in advance.

To Book and/or enquire, please include: desired date/time | No. of guests | the occasion | Catering option preferred,   then contact Kat our general Manager on   [email protected] or 03 925 8766 or send message below..

Please Note:  majority of menus require a min of 30 guests for catering (so if under 30, factor price accordingly) | Exclusive Room hire options | Min Bar spend apply | $300 deposit. contact us for more details.

for Weddings click here

Access & Contact

♿ Disabled Access:
Access to our building is important to both you and us, the building is a heritage grade one listed building and currently has special dispensation from the government to not have wheelchair or disabled access. however, We beleive access is for all and we as a business are actively working with the CC Council & CCS Disability Action Group to put forward a plan for the future. Let our staff know if you support, tell us your needs and we can assist as best we can.

Service and Guide Dogs have full access at all times and will not be touched, treated or distracted from their duties.

  • INSIDE: There are 7 wide long curved steps going up into the main atrium, Then there are 8 step wide internal stairs going up to Cafe/Bar.
  • TO THE TOILET: From the top floor the eight steps going down to the atrium then you can turn either left to the Gente alright to the ladies and then there are eight steps going down and then a dogleg and then another four steps go into the toilets.
  • GARDEN: Ramp to the rear, 4 steps other access.
  • INSIDE VIA GARDEN: 4 large wide steps.

🚘 Car Parking.
There is plenty of free parking around the building, please be respectful of our wonderful neighbours and make sure you give them enough room around their driveways. drop Kerb outside main entrance. 5 Min parking directly out the front. Disabled parking area further down the road.

🚌 Bus:
There is a Number 1 bus – Rangiora Express – Cashmere

🚲 Cycle Parking
We have a large cycle rack at the rear gardens, this has access to free bike locks and also tool kits, puncture repair and a pump. E-bike users can charge up.

🛴 Lime Scooter
Unfortunately the lime scooter can only get about a 10th of the way up the hill..

🚀 Helicopter/JetPack/Drone
We do accept flights in, However you will need to file a CAA flight and landing request before Landing/take-off is authorised.

👶 Access Pushchairs/Strollers
Plenty of space, bring them in! We also have games, books and toys for your children (COVID Rules Apply). Plus high chairs and changing room facilities in both male and female toilets. You are also very welcome to breastfeed. We just remind parents and caregivers that this is an old building and there are steep stairs, metal swords, and open fireplaces and we are not liable of little fingers that wander.

🐕 Dogs.
A contensious issue we know…  We are in the 21st Century, majority of places around the world now accept dogs.  We as a business we welcome well-behaved quiet dogs into the bar area and downstairs areas, however, NOT in the main sit down restaurant.  Under the NZ 2014 restaurant act, H&S in the workplace, states dogs are allowed under the Business Owner (Duty Managers) Discretion.

Therefore, Customers tend to leave their dogs outside first, then quickly come in to check the situation. (especially if other dogs are present).

Please note:

⚜ Dogs are required to be on a lead at all times,
⚜ No dogs on chairs, sofas or lap. On floor only.
⚜ Please be aware that if your dog barks a few times, then it’s best to move your dog downstairs or outside for other customer comfort.
⚜ Owners are advised to keep dogs away from customers (especially children)  and to be aware of trip hazards.
⚜ Staff are asked to refrain from petting, if they do, they will wash their hands immediatily.
⚜ Wet, muddy or moulting dogs need to be properly managed and/or dried off  before entering any carpeted areas.
⚜ Our lovely dog owning customers are approachable to these rules and will comply. 

⚜ Service and guide dogs have full access at all times and must not be touched, treated or distracted from their duties.

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Function & Wedding Enquiry

Please fill out this form for non urgent enquiries only OR for discussing a future larger group bookings of more than 30 guests. . . . . PLEASE use quick booking link found at the top of this page to book a table in the Cafe & Bar.

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