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.

Booking and enquiries

For hiring requests and information contact us online(external link)(external link) or call 03 941 8999. 

You must be over the age of 18 to hire a Council facility.



Waimairi Road Community Centre has the following capacities:

Room Capacity
Large hall 70 standing, 50 seated
Small hall 60 standing, 40 seated

Availability and access

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


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


The below pricing is valid until 30 June 2025.

  • $16.00 per hour for not-for-profit community groups where the booking is for community benefit and does not charge attendees.
  • $25.00 per hour for not-for-profit community groups where the booking is for a community group and charges fees or takes payment.
  • $40.00 per hour for commercial, business, private or celebration hire. This includes auctions, meetings, birthdays, weddings, private events, funerals etc.

General fees

  • $88.00 after-hours building inspection and security charge for social events including birthdays, weddings, and celebrations where the hire is:
    • Booked after 6pm Monday to Friday for 4 hours and longer.
    • Booked after 5pm Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday for 4 hours and longer.
    • At the discretion of Council staff and not limited to the events above.
  • A $189.00 cleaning charge will be invoiced to the hirer if the venue is not left fit for purpose. Additional cleaning charges may apply if required.
  • $60.00 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.

Facilities and equipment


  • 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.

Terms of use

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.