Situated in small grounds on Waimairi Road at 166 Waimairi Road, Ilam, this centre has a large hall, a small hall and a kitchen, and is ideal for dance, educational, and art and craft activities. Both halls have wooden floors.

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.

Hours of hire

  • Monday to Sunday, 8.00am to 9.30pm
  • Avonhead Play Centre operates from here every weekday except Tuesday, and on Wednesday in the smaller hall from 8.30am to midday during the school term


  • Large hall: 30 standing, 25 seated
  • Small hall: 25 standing, 20 seated


  • This centre has wheelchair access and an accessible toilet
  • There are 20 car parks on site

The below pricing is valid until 30 June 2022.

  • $15.00 per hour for not-for-profit community groups where the booking is for community benefit and does not charge attendees.
  • $22.00 per hour for not-for-profit community groups where the booking is for a community group and charges fees or takes payment.
  • $35.00 per hour for commercial, business, private or celebration hire. This includes auctions, meetings, birthdays, weddings, private events, funerals etc.

General fees

  • $76.50 security charge for social events including birthdays, weddings, celebrations where the hire is:
    • Booked after 6pm Monday to Friday for 4 hours and longer.
    • Booked Saturday or Sunday for 4 hours and longer.
    • At the discretion of Council staff and not limited to the events above.
  • $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.

A security guard will be present from the last hour of the hire to ensure the hirer adheres to the terms and conditions of hire and has made good the community space to the required standard.


  • There is a baby change table located in the disabled access toilet.

Large hall

  • 55 chairs
  • Roof-mounted heaters

Small hall

  • 40 chairs
  • 10 tables
  • Heat pump


  • Wall mounted water heater
  • Bench and washup sink
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • All hirers are required to supply their own crockery, cutlery, tea towels, wash-up cloths, rubbish bags and cleaning liquids
  • Cleaning equipment (vacuum cleaner, broom, mop and bucket) are available


  • The centre has 2-hour timers on the walls for the heaters.

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 dropbox in the foyer of the centre.


  • The consumption and supply of alcohol is not permitted at this facility.