Community Venues

Hobsonville Community Trust manages two community facilities on behalf of Auckland Council – The Sunderland Lounge and Headquarters Building. These are available for hire everyday, from 7am to 10pm. Both venues can be booked online (72 hrs in advance, or otherwise through our Venues Team). Discounts are available to community groups and events. 

Bookings are now open

Headquarters building
(Te Mahere)

The 1930’s art deco RNZAF Headquarters building has been beautifully refurbished and re-purposed as a community facility. 

There are six rooms ranging from a large room accommodating up to 50 through to a relaxing lounge, and four meeting spaces of varying sizes. 

Sunderland Lounge
(Te rere)

The Sunderland Lounge – Te Rere was built in the late 1940s and was initially used as the airbase’s cinema. It is comprised of a large community hall, a community space with a large kitchen, and a new meeting room.

The maximum capacity of the Sunderland Lounge across all hirers/rooms is 374 due to fire safety ratings.


Accessible toilet
Wheelchair friendly
Onsite toilets for all users.


Heating / Air Conditioning
Tables & Chairs
AV on request
Park / Playground


Dedicated car park (23 spaces)
Free street parking


Microwave, Oven, Hob
Instant Boiling Water
Fridge Freezer
Limited Crockery

Additional information

There is currently no vaccination mandate in place for either the Headquarters or Sunderland Lounge (subject to change).

Some capacity restrictions may still apply (view latest here). 

Additional protocols & procedures are now in place which are condition of any hire or entry to the two facilities we manage. These are regularly updated.

Minimum booking time is 1 hour. Hire can then increase in 15 minute increments.

Online bookings can only be made at least 72 hours in advance. Otherwise bookings need to be made via email ([email protected]) and will only be responded to during office hours. Weekend access is not possible if bookings have not been confirmed by Friday 2.30pm.

All bookings must include time for setup, arrival meet & greet, packdown and cleaning.

All hirers must leave venue in clean condition, ready for the next hirer (includes sweep/vacuum).

All rubbish must be removed by the hirer.

Click here for current rates of hire.

There is a discount for not-for-profit community groups of 40%.

Special community events/initiatives that contribute directly to targeted community outcomes may be eligible for additional discounting. This is on a case by case basis.

Full terms and conditions of hire can be found by clicking here. We have a 7 day free cancellation policy. Inside 7 days, the full hire fee will be charged. 

Additional Covid-19 protocols & procedures are now in place which are condition of any hire or entry to the two facilities we manage.

Alcohol is not allowed for private parties.

Alcohol requests for all other functions, meetings, regular hire, and events are subject to Venues Team approval and additional bonds and charges may apply. This is also subject to the hirer meeting the conditions of hire in relation to alcohol. Details can be found in our Venue Hire Conditions Document.

Our Location

The Headquarters Building and Sunderland Lounge are located in the heart of Hobsonville Point, just a few minutes walk via the coastal walkway to the beautiful Catalina Bay waterfront complete with a range of cafes, restaurants and markets. The two venues are just 200m apart, linked by a lovely park. The venues share dedicated car parking (23 spaces) on Cinema Road and a range of free street parking options.

Headquarters Building, 214 Buckley Ave, Hobsonville 0616 (dedicated parking on Cinema Road)

Sunderland Lounge, 27 Hudson Bay Road, Hobsonville 0616 (entrance and dedicated parking on Cinema Road)

Bookings are now open