The Gaiety, Akaroa contains a main hall (theatre style) and a meeting room / supper room, with full kitchen facilities. A central focal point of the Akaroa community, The Gaiety is used for events, concerts, weddings and community events.
Casual bookings can be made in person at the Akaroa Service Desk at 40D Rue Lavaud or by phoning (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.
To enquire about regular weekly or monthly hires call the Community Facilities Advisor on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.
|Conditions of hire||
You must be over the age of 18 to legally hire a Council facility. No overnight stays are permitted. No candles are to be used.
Conditions of use agreement Hiring a Council Facility [PDF, 915 KB]
|Health and safety||
As part of the rental agreement the hirer accepts legal responsibilities 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 before they use The Gaiety. These must then be signed, dated and left in the plastic drop box in the foyer of the centre. The box is cleared once a week.
The consumption of alcohol is permitted in this facility.
A Special Licence may be required if alcohol is part of your event, e.g. if alcohol is being sold, or if your event is ticketed and alcohol will be consumed at the event.
In general BYO is permitted at private functions such as Weddings or Birthdays. A Special Licence generally is not required for these types of events.
For most other events BYO may not be a permitted activity (i.e. is unlawful and prohibited)
Find out more about whether you require a special licence by checking the Alcohol Licencing information and checking with the Alcohol Licencing Team directly.
Please note that a Special Licence does not authorise BYO.
As the venue hirer and/or event host where alcohol is present at the 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.You risk having your venue booking cancelled if you do not meet alcohol licencing requirements.
Please note that applications for special licences must be made with the Alcohol Licencing Team at least 20 working days before the date of your event and should where possible be made before you advertise your event.
|Hours of hire||8am to midnight daily|
|Equipment available||Main hall and supper room:
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.
|Catering||No organised catering is offered at this venue.|
|Wheelchair access||Wheelchair access is from the parking area beside the building.|
There are 40 on-site car parks including 3 accessible parks beside the side door ramp in the car park.On-street parking available.