The Gaiety, located on Rue Jolie in Akaroa, contains a main theatre-style hall and a meeting/supper room with full kitchen facilities and is ideal for concerts, weddings and community events.

COVID-19 update

Under the Orange traffic light alert level, this facility requires a vaccine pass for anyone aged 12 and older to enter. This means people can enjoy food and drink, and no reduction in capacity, at their gathering or event. 

There are four bookable Council-operated community facilities that the person booking the space can determine if the activity requires a vaccine pass – Abberley Park Hall, Harvard Lounge, Richmond Community Cottage and South New Brighton Community Hall.

Contact us online or call 03 941 8999 to book this facility.

The Gaiety Akaroa

Hours of hire

  • Available 8am to midnight daily.

Capacity

  • 358 people standing can be accommodated in the main hall and up to 160 people seated comfortably around tables.
  • Using the hall and the fixed seating in the gallery, 250 people can be seated concert style.

Access

  • Wheelchair access from the parking area beside the building.
  • 40 onsite car parks including 3 accessible parks beside the side door ramp in the car park.
  • On-street parking available.

The below pricing is valid until 30 June 2022.

Main Theatre

  • $16.50 per hour for not-for-profit community groups where the booking is for community benefit and does not charge attendees.
  • $30.00 per hour for not-for-profit community groups where the booking is for a community group and charges fees or takes payment.
  • $80.00 per hour for commercial, business, private or celebration hire. This includes auctions, meetings, birthdays, weddings, private events, funerals etc.
  • $550.00 weekend hire: Extended event hire for private or celebration events, available from:
    • Friday 6pm to midnight.
    • Saturday 8am to midnight.
    • Sunday 8am to 2pm.
  • $550.00 daily rate: Extended event hire for commercial or business events, available from 8am to midnight on weekdays only, excluding public holidays.

Supper room (no charge if hired with the main theatre)

  • $16.50 per hour for not-for-profit community groups where the booking is for community benefit and does not charge attendees.
  • $30.00 per hour for not-for-profit community groups where the booking is for a community group and charges fees or takes payment.
  • $80.00 per hour for commercial, business, private or celebration hire. This includes auctions, meetings, birthdays, weddings, private events, funerals etc.

General fees

  • $153.00 cleaning charge will be invoiced to the hirer if the venue is not left fit for purpose. Additional cleaning charges may apply if required.
  • $51.00 replacement charge for lost or damaged keys/access cards.

Main hall and supper room

  • 41 seats in the gallery upstairs
  • 150 padded chairs
  • 16 plastic chairs
  • 40 theatre-style seats in sets of 5
  • 4 small round tables
  • 10 folding trestle tables (1800 x 760 mm)
  • 1 small square table.
  • Theatre lighting with the control board (please enquire, assistance is required for this)
  • Sound system (please enquire, assistance is required for this)
  • Stage extensions (please enquire, assistance required with these)
  • Wooden lectern

Supper room

  • Tables and chairs

Kitchen

  • 2 fridges (one bottle fridge, and regular fridge)
  • Dish steriliser
  • Commercial sized oven
  • Microwave
  • Hot water boiler
  • Large serving trolley
  • 5 serving trays, assorted kitchen utensils, 4 saucepans, 1 frying pan, 2 mixing bowls, 2 sharp knives

Crockery

  • 16 coffee mugs
  • 100 glass cups and saucers
  • 60 wine glasses
  • 20 tumblers
  • 80 large dinner plates
  • 60 small plates and 40 dessert bowls
  • 24 glass water bottles
  • 1 large jug and 2 large teapots
  • 2 chopping boards
  • Assorted cutlery

Heating

  • 12 ceiling heaters in the main hall
  • heat pump in the supper room

Wifi is not available at this facility

Conditions of hire

Health and safety

  • As part of the rental agreement, you accept legal responsibility to meet evacuation plans, health and safety responsibilities and to act as the facility warden.
  • All users are required to complete a pre-use form. These must then be signed, dated and left in the drop box in the foyer of the centre.

Alcohol

  • The consumption of alcohol is permitted in this facility.
  • In general, bringing your own alcohol (BYO) is permitted at private functions such as weddings or birthdays.
  • A special alcohol licence may be required if alcohol is part of your event, or if you are selling alcohol. Find out more about special alcohol licencing for events. Applications for special licences must be made with the alcohol licencing team at least 20 working days before the date of your event.
  • Regardless of whether your event requires a special licence or not you still have the responsibility to ensure that you are providing a safe drinking environment at your event. Please read host responsibility guidelines and tips.