Sunderland Lounge – Te Rere

27 Hudson Bay Road (main entrance off Cinema Road), Hobsonville


The Sunderland Lounge – Te Rere was built in the late 1940s and was initially used as the airbase’s cinema. The building was named after the Sunderland seaplanes which were based at Hobsonville in the 1940s and 1950s. ‘Te Rere’ means to move, flow, or go into action which supports the notion of Sunderland Lounge as a ‘doing’ space on a larger scale than that of Headquarters.

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.

It is available for hire from 7am to 10pm.

Click here to see a layout of the facility.


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How to book

Bookings for both the Headquarters Building and Sunderland Lounge are available through an online booking system linked above. If you wish to become a regular hirer of an ongoing hire slot, please email [email protected].  

All rooms in each venue are available from 7am-10pm daily. If you need the facilities outside of this window, this may be possible with pre-approval from one of our venue team. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

All bookings need to include time for setup, arrival meet & greet, packdown and cleaning. Minimum booking time is 1 hour. Hire can then increase in 15 minute increments.

The community facilities are available to all and the hire rates are similar to those of other similar Auckland comunity facilities. These were decided in consultation with Auckland Council. 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 will be on a case by case basis only.

NB: 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 our staffed hours of Monday-Friday 9.15am-2.45pm. Weekend access is not possible if bookings have not been confirmed by Friday 2.45pm.

Alcohol Policy

Alcohol is not allowed for private functions. An exception for limited alcohol however may be made for weddings in the Sunderland Lounge, and for business functions and community events of a suitable nature across either venue. This is subject to the hirer meeting the conditions of hire in relation to alcohol. Details can be found in our Venue Hire Conditions Document.




Accessible toilet Air Conditioning Microwave, Oven, Large old stovetop
Wheelchair friendly Heating Hot water zip
Onsite bathrooms 22 Grey Trestle Tables Fridge
Limited parking 140 Blue Chairs Some limited crockery