Large Community Hall for Hire - Jim Gilbert Hall at Blockhouse Bay Community Centre

524 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Min. 1 hour
Blockhouse Bay Community Centre

Hosted by Blockhouse Bay Community Centre

SpacetoCo Host since November 2020 · 5k bookings

A community centre with great spaces that celebrate the many different people and cultures living in and around our diverse and colourful community

Areas in this Space (2)

This space contains 2 different areas that can be booked independently.

Large Community Hall for Hire - Jim Gilbert Hall at Blockhouse Bay Community Centre

Min. 1 hour
The $30 hourly rate does not apply on Friday Nights, Weekends on Public Holidays. Please read the description for weekend package prices starting from $300.

$30  /hr

About this Space

The Centre is proud to offer a place to meet, gather, connect and belong for our local community. We are always open to new ideas, events, activities or groups wishing to start up in the Bay.

The Main hall (Jim Gilbert Room) is a large multipurpose space with a stage area and upstairs mezzanine floor.  It has wooden floors, lots of natural daylight and has a large catering kitchen with serving area. The space set up is very flexible. The maximum capacity using both downstairs and mezzanine areas is 260. 

The hall space would be perfect for:

Meetings: large meetings, community events, AGMs, conferences, hustings, networking

Celebrations: weddings, birthdays, parties, anniversaries

Performance & Theatre: Dance, plays, recitals, choirs, rehearsals. The space has great acoustics.

Social & community: Film screenings, quiz nights, talks & presentations, markets & jumble sales, art shows

Included in the space hire is:

  • Tables & Chairs

  • WiFi

  • Heating and fans

  • Use of both the main hall and mezzanine seating area

  • Use of the kitchen 

Available at extra cost:

  • Use of the Grand Piano

  • Projector & Screen Hire

  • Basic Lighting Rig


There are two basic rates:

Community: To be used if your hire is for a not for profit community event or group.

Private: To be used for private events like parties or commercial or profit making events e.g. a ticketed speaking engagement or a business meeting.


Weekdays & Weeknights (classes only)

Private: $30 per hour

Community: $20 per hour

To use the community rate, select your time and date. Use the discount code HALLCOMMUNITY to reduce the hourly rate by $10 to $20.

Weekdays & Weeknights (functions)

6pm to Midnight: $400

1pm to Midnight $500

Friday Nights & Weekends

From Friday 5pm to the end of Sunday, the hall can be booked in blocks at the fixed prices below.

To make and pay for a block booking, use the code BLOCK-MAIN to reduce the hourly price to $0 and select the correct fixed price charge at checkout.


Friday & Sunday 5pm to Midnight: $350

Friday & Sunday 1pm to Midnight $450


5pm- Midnight: $450

1pm- Midnight $550


Friday & Sunday 5pm to Midnight: $400

Friday & Sunday 1pm to Midnight $500


5pm- Midnight: $500

1pm- Midnight $600

Kids Parties

4 hour booking, any time to 4pm: $300

On Public Holidays Sunday pricing applies. 

If you're hosting a large event like a wedding or performance, the Green Room can be booked in addition to this hall. It's useful for a changing/dressing room. Book this separately on our Green Room Space Page.

Catering & Alcohol

You are welcome to self cater or use external caterers in our hall & kitchen space. The kitchen space has a large commercial fridge, large heating racks, grill & oven, microwave, 6 burner gas hob, extractor fan and hot water boiler.

There are two washing up sinks, a dishwasher and a hand washing sink. There are two large serving hatches into the hall. 

There are no utensils, pans, crockery, cutlery or glassware provided as part of the hall hire. You or your caterers will need to bring in everything you wish to use to cater your event. The kitchen must be cleaned and left as you found it. Any clean up or prep time must be included in your hireage. All rubbish must be removed. 

You may serve but not sell alcohol on our premises. If you wish to sell alcohol, you must procure a licence from Auckland Council and provide proof of this to us. 

Using the Hall

You are welcome to decorate the hall, bring in whatever furniture or equipment you need for your event and configure the space how you would like. It’s perfect for weddings and parties, as you can really make the space your own - check out the photos to see ideas. You can use blu-tac or sellotape, but please make sure this is fully removed. No pins or nails please. You must book enough time to decorate and clear down the hall after use. This is why we provide the 1pm- midnight block booking at an affordable rate, so that you and any suppliers have plenty of time to set up. We welcome wedding celebrations from all faiths and partnerships. Please note you cannot have a lit flame as part of the ceremony due to insurance restrictions. 

Music & Sound

You are welcome to bring a DJ or host a band or gig in the hall. We’ve hosted some great concerts. The sound needs to be turned down after 11pm and off by Midnight due to neighbourhood noise regulation. DJ’s and bands will need to bring all their kit and any amplified sound equipment.


During our normal office hours (Mon-Fri 9am-3.30pm and evenings by appointment only), someone on reception will be available to let you into the hall. If your booking is outside of these times, you can pick up a key in advance from reception.

The hall is wheelchair accessible, and there are wheelchair accessible toilets. The mezzanine floor level is not wheelchair accessible.

Extra bookable items

Grand Piano Hire
Purchase this item if you intend to use the grand piano
$70.00 per booking
Purchase this item if you need to use the rigged lighting in the hall
$100.00 per booking
Projector & Screen Hire
Purchase this item if you need to use the drop down screen and projector
$100.00 per booking
Speaker & Microphones
Purchase this if you would like to use our speaker & microphones
$100.00 per booking
Main Hall Saturday 6pm-Midnight Block Booking
Use this item to make a block booking after 6pm on Saturday
$500.00 per booking
Main Hall Saturday 1pm-Midnight Block Booking
Use this item to make a block booking after 1pm on Saturday
$600.00 per booking
Main Hall Weeknight/Sunday 6pm-Midnight Block Booking
Use this item to make a block booking after 6pm on a Friday or Sunday
$400.00 per booking
Main Hall Weeknight/Sunday 1pm-Midnight Block Booking
Use this item to make a block booking after 1pm on a Friday or Sunday
$500.00 per booking
KIDS PARTY Block Booking
Use this to make a block booking for a kids birthday party for 4 hours
$300.00 per booking


Reverse cycle air conditioning
Family Friendly
Audio Speakers
Public transport close by
Available staff
Free parking
Wheelchair Friendly

Suitable For

Photo Shoot
Cooking Class

Opening Times


6:00am - Midnight


6:00am - Midnight


6:00am - Midnight


6:00am - Midnight


6:00am - Midnight


6:00am - Midnight


6:00am - Midnight


  • No smoking inside or outside the centre

  • No pets or animals apart from guide dogs

  • Leave the centre as you found it, clear stage & clean kitchen

  • All rubbish must be removed

  • Sound to be reduced after 11pm, no amplified sound after midnight

  • Please report all breakages to manager

  • Keys must be returned after your booking

  • No use of pins, nails, powder, glitter or confetti

  • Please do not enter the space before your booked start time

  • Book enough time to set up & clear down your event

  • Children are to be supervised at all times


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Additional details

Parking and Public Transport Information

We are located in the centre of Blockhouse Bay Village. The 11,24B, 68, 191, 195, 209 and 248X buses stop C & D outside the entrance to the community centre.  They have regular services out to the City Centre, Onehunga, New Lynn and Lynfield. There are free parking spaces at the centre, and plenty of on street residential parking nearby. It’s a 20 minute drive via the 16 to the CBD in good traffic. A short walk away is lots of cafes for coffees and food, and a large Countdown. Five minutes away is Gittos domain with native bush walks leading down to the beach.

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