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What is the venue hire fee and what does it include?

We have a table of pricing which varies depending on the use of the venue. (i.e. wedding, conference etc.) and depending on the time of day and time of year. Contact our Venue Hire Manager

Do I need a council event permit?

A permit is not required to use the club building. Wakatere owns the sailing club building and facilities.

However if you plan to use the area immediately beyond the club building (Narrow Neck Reserve) to erect any outdoor structure or outdoor catering equipment you may need a Council event permit. It is your responsibility to see that this is completed.

- Council Event Permit

- Filming Permit

Can I get married on the beach or on the grassy area outside the club?

Yes. One of the most common requests associated with an event at Wakatere is for permission to hold an outdoor wedding ceremony. It is your responsibility to check directly with Auckland Council for approval.

Fort Takapuna is a 'Historic Reserve' and is managed by the Dept of Conservation. A special DOC application is required.

- Auckland Council Parks & Recreation Event Permit

- DOC Fort Takapuna Venue Permit

Do you have caterers?

At Wakatere you need to organise your own catering. We are happy to pass on recommendations.

Do I need a liquor licence?

Wakatere does not take bookings for events that require a licence. Our venue hire bookings are for private functions only.

You will need to supply your own alcohol at Wakatere. A licence is not required to serve alcohol to guests at a private function.

Council Licence Regulations and Tips for Hosts

Can I hold a fundraiser?

Wakatere does not accept bookings for Fundraisers due to council licensing requirements. You cannot:

  1. Sell alcohol
  2. Accept an entry fee to your event
  3. Collect donations during your event

What facilities do you offer?

See our Facilities page.

What does Wakatere supply?

We supply rectangular trestle tables and chairs for the hirer to use. All setup and pack down to be completed by the hirer.

Before I book can I visit the venue and look around?

Absolutely, please email the Venue Hire Manager to make an appointment.

Does my function need to end at midnight?

Yes. Music must finish by midnight and guests need to leave shortly after.

What am I responsible for at the end of the function?

The hall is to be left in good, clean tidy order with all chairs and tables stacked in the manner requested by Wakatere and all electrical equipment is turned off. The hall must be locked and alarmed after use.

What do I do with my rubbish?

Wakatere offers a rubbish removal service at an additional cost or you can remove your rubbish yourself. Talk to the Venue Hire Manager about our options.

Care must be taken to manage all your rubbish during your event. Recycling, Compost and Landfill must be separated correctly into bins. The cleaner will not do this for you.

What will the cleaner do?

The cleaner will mop all the floors, vacumn the carpet, clean the kitchen, bar area and bathrooms. The cleaner will dispose of carefully sorted general waste and recycling.

Can we pack-up the day after the function or do we need to have everything cleared before we leave?

Sometimes this is possible if we do not have sailing or another function on the Sunday. However during summer, the normal club sailing day is Sunday. Please discuss this with our venue hire coordinator. There may be an extra charge.

Where can I hang decorations?

There are existing hooks along most of the walls to hang decorations. Additional use of staples, nails, tacks or tape is forbidden. The hirer is not permitted to remove any wall fixtures or club memorabilia.

Where can people park?

Parking is not permitted on the Wakatere Boating Club grounds. However, if "actively unloading" you may use the old road in front of the club by arrangement to pass gear or catering supplies through. Access must be carefully managed due to sailing events. Cars must not drive or park on the grassy area to the side of the club house. Guests can park in the car park directly across the road from the sailing club.

Is there a road in front of the club?

Yes and No. The original Old Lake Rd use to run in front of the club and was open to traffic prior to 1980. It is now permanently closed and part of the Reserve. We call it the 'old road'. Old Lake Rd traffic now runs behind the club.

What kind of music is allowed?

We allow any type of music (bands, DJ's, Juke Box, etc) but the club is in a residential area so you need to be aware of noise restrictions. This is not the place to have very loud music.

Do you have the measurements of the hall?

Yes. A document detailing all the measurements can be found in this link - Floor Plan

Will sailing be happening at the club?

It depends on the day of the week. For Wakatere Boating Club's sailing activity please check with our Venue Hire Manager. If the sailing club is active during your hire, club members will not come into the building and will be respectful of your booking.

Please contact the Venue Hire Manager, for any other questions you might have.

Last updated 01:41 on 10 September 2020

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