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.

Contact us online, call 03 941 8999 or 0800 800 169 or visit the Akaroa Service Desk at 40D Rue Lavaud to book The Gaiety. 

The Gaiety Akaroa

Hours of hire

  • Available 8am to midnight daily.


  • 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.


  • 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 September 2020. For bookings on or after 1 October 2020, our new 2020/2021 fees and charges will apply. 

Main Hall

  • $15.30 per hour community group
  • $31.50 per hour self-employed tutor
  • $84.10 per hour private social functions
  • $105.10 per hour commercial events, seminars and corporate events
  • $66.00 per hour community events and fundraisers

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

  • $15.30 per hour community group
  • $31.50 per hour self-employed tutor
  • $52.50 per hour private social functions
  • $99.80 per hour commercial events, seminars and corporate events.
  • $51.00 per hour community events/fundraisers

General fees

  • $66.50 security charge to ensure that the facility has been left fit for purpose
  • $500 bond required for social bookings
  • $150 cleaning charge retained from the bond if the venue is not left fit for purpose

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
  • Sound system (please enquire, assistance is required for this)
  • Wooden lectern
  • Stage extensions (please enquire, assistance required with these)

Supper room

  • Tables and chairs


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.