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Birthday Parties at Hastings Library  Ngā Tāpui Pāti 

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Host your child's next birthday party at the Hastings Library!

We provide a hassle free venue and an action packed event – choose from a Nerf Party or a Games Party

  • Nerf Party: play hunters and hiders, capture the flag and other games. BYO Nerf weapons and ammo.
  • Games Party: play traditional party games like hide and seek, pin the tail, and others.

Birthday parties are facilitated by a Party Coordinator who will organize a series of games over the two hour time period. Parents can hang back in the relative safety of the Activities Area while the kids take over the library proper.

The timetable is flexible so let us know when you would like to stop for food or cake and we can make that happen.
For pricing, please refer to the Birthday Parties section of our library Prices page.
Please note:

  • Not recommended for children under the age of 5.
  • Nerf darts are foam and fairly harmless, however your party attendees may choose to bring along safety eyewear.
  • Birthday parties can only be held after hours in the available slots below.


Nerf War Party Bookings will only be considered for the times listed as available and these can only be held out of hours.

Setup and included services

For Nerf War parties participants must bring their own Nerf guns and bullets – these are not supplied by the library.
The Library will provide the use of tables and chairs and a water station will be put out with cups for up to thirty party goers.
Party Parents are responsible for organizing any other needs such as catering, plates and cups, decorations, and extra games or crafts if required or wanted.
Party Parents are also responsible for the supervision of children attending.


Requests for bookings are only valid if made via the booking form. Once the booking request has been reviewed, confirmation of the booking will be emailed.


Payment must be made in full in advance or on the day of the booking. An invoice will be emailed once the booking is confirmed.


If your needs change and the booking is no longer required the booking must be cancelled. This can be done by emailing the library at or ringing 871 5000. Charges may apply if a cancellation is not made.

Health & Safety

All exits must be kept clear and free of any obstacles at all times during the booked period – this is a health & safety obligation on all users. In the event of an emergency the user is required to follow the instructions of library staff.
All occupants must regard the continuous sounding of the fire alarms as a genuine emergency and must take the appropriate actions to evacuate the premises. Occupants must also evacuate if verbally advised by library staff.

Party Times 

Day   After Hours
Friday    6:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday   4:30pm - 6:30pm
Sunday   10:00am - 12noon

Make a booking request

Select an available slot on the calendar below and fill in our online form to make a request. Each party slot is 2hrs.


Monday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Havelock North

Monday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 1.00pm


Monday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm

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