Caroline Bay Soundshell

Halls & Event Venues

Caroline Bay Soundshell

COVID-19 Update

Under the Orange Traffic Light alert level, the Timaru District Council has made this facility a non-Vaccine Pass Site as it is not staffed by Council team members. This means the Council will not enforce vaccination pass entry requirements.

However, the person booking this facility (the Hirer) can determine if the activity/event they are holding requires a vaccine pass upon entry.

If the hirer chooses not to make a My Vaccine Pass a requirement, they must comply with density limits, PPE and social distancing. Currently, for non-vaccine pass sites, the density limit is strictly 25 persons with 1-metre social distancing.

If the hirer chooses to make the My Vaccine Pass a requirement, a vaccine pass will be required upon entry. Currently, for vaccine pass sites, the density limit is strictly 100 persons with 1-metre social distancing. The hirer must monitor the vaccine pass status of all present at the event.

It is incumbent upon the hirer to observe and comply with all government regulations around COVID-19 protection.


Set in the beautiful park like setting of Caroline Bay. This open air auditorium is well known as the venue for the Caroline Bay Carnival concerts.


Area Capacity
Numbered seating 1500

Additional lawn area available for picnic seating.


  • Extensive onsite parking
  • Covered stage
  • Catwalk
  • 1500 numbered seats
  • Lawn picnic area

Note: Statutory requirements and licenses regarding the use of and sale of alcohol must be observed.

Fees and Charges

Caroline Bay Soundshell

  • The Caroline Bay Soundshell is an outdoor venue with seating for 1,780.
  • Deposit - A deposit is required on signing the Agreement to cover the Statutory Advertising. This will only be refundable if cancellation notice is given one week prior to concert.
  • Public Liability Insurance - The hirer is required to have Public Liability Insurance and provide a confirmation of this to the Council before the booking is confirmed. If the hirer does not have Public Liability Insurance the Council will charge $13.00 per hire. This provides cover to a maximum of $2,000,000.
  • Screen Fencing - Council can provide screen fencing for the Bay Hill frontage from the Piazza to about opposite the restaurant.  This would be erected on the afternoon of the concert if it is required.  The cost of fencing will vary accordingly to the requirements of each concert, typically at a cost of $2,500 - $3,000.
Description2022/2023 (GST inclusive)
Hire - Show Charging Admission 
Deposit (refundable)$300.00
Soundshell hire, electricity supply, clean up/labour, two public notices re Liquor ban / exclusive use and admission charge$650.00
Fencing / labourAt cost
Hire – Show with No Admission Charge or Community Event 
A Community Events is when admission is by donation (gold coin or similar) and/or the net proceeds are being donated to an approved charity or community cause 
Deposit (refundable)$200.00
Covers limited electricity supply:  Any additional electricity supply must be arranged for and paid by the hirer. 
Clean up: Any additional clean up / rubbish removal etc must be paid by the hirer. 
Public Liability Insurance Cover (if required)$13.00 per hire

The Council does not offer the following services:

Security, ticket sales/booking agent, ushers, sound, electrician, additional electrical supply, additional spot lighting, additional stage lighting. Please make your own arrangements for these services. A list of service providers can be supplied if required.

The Hirer's attention is drawn to the following legal requirements of the Electrical Regulations covering outdoor venues:

  • Should the Hirer's 'Electrical Load' requirements exceed the capacity of the 'residual current device protected 3 phase 5 pin sockets' then a power supply of '3 phase 150 amp' may be drawn from a fuse/switch provided.
  • The Hirer's electrician when taking a power connection from the fuse/switch is responsible for arranging the Electrical Permit and assumes full legal responsibility at all times for the temporary electrical installation whilst it is connected to a power supply.
  • The Council will NOT accept any responsibility or claims for compensation of loss due to power failure at the venue for whatever reason. The Hirer and the hirer's electrician are totally responsible for all electrical safety of performers, staff and the public.

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Last updated: 02 May 2022