The Sir Don Rowlands Centre is a truly unique venue in Waipa to host your next event. Stunning lake views, spacious grounds, flexible indoor spaces with quality facilities. Situated on the lake’s edge with its stunning views of Mt Maungatautari and Lake Karapiro, it is the ideal setting for any event. The Centre features rooms of varying sizes, including the Main Hall, Waipa Room, Karapiro Room, Te Manawa o Matariki Room and the Perry Community Water Sports Room. The outdoor decking and grandstand provides the perfect viewing spot for any event happening on the water.

Situated six kilometres south of Cambridge in the Waipa District, located in a 19-hectare recreational reserve, the Sir Don Rowlands Centre offers a quiet and picturesque venue away from the hustle and bustle of the City.

The Domain is one of New Zealand’s premier event venues and showcases a number of sporting and cultural events every year. There are five conference rooms, which can be utilised individually or together. Rooms have capacities for up to 56, 100 or 750 people, dependent on set up. There is an open catering policy and fully licensed bar available. All rooms are equipped with a kitchen area.

The Waipa Room and Perry Community Water Sports Room is perfect for a smaller conference. This room can cater for up to 50 people, dependent on setup. The Waipa Room can also be used as a break out area from the Main Hall.

The Karapiro Room and Te Manawa o Matariki Room can cater for up to 100 people and is located on the second floor of the Centre. The Karapiro Room includes stunning views from the wrap-around deck. These rooms are perfect for wedding receptions, conferences, meetings, functions, teaching spaces and breakout areas.

The Main Hall seats up to 600 people theatre style or 400 banquet style. It is a fabulous space for meetings, award dinners, wedding receptions, large functions and conferences, family functions, trade exhibition shows and classes. This room has a full commercial kitchen attached.

The Centre can assist with locally based providers for your catering, AV and all function requirements.

There are 37 sealed general parking space and 3 accessible spaces in the Sir Don Rowlands Centre car park, reserved for users of the Sir Don Rowlands Centre, with additional multiple parking options (including buses) to accommodate a total of 1,500 vehicles.

Facilities and Services:

  • On-site accommodation
  • Free Parking
  • Wifi


Rob Waddell Lodge
The Lodge has 13 dormitory style rooms and has a maximum capacity of 41 people. The Lodge is fully self contained and offers beautiful views overlooking Lake Karapiro. Ideal for team building, corporate and conferencing accommodation. Options are available for linen, catering and bar facilities.

There are five chalets which sleep eight people each, dormitory style. All chalets have en-suite facilities, and there are two self contained kitchens that the five chalets share. Ideal accommodation for conferencing groups, team building and event related stays.

Camp sites
There are 72 powered and 80 non powered campsites available. Full toilet and shower facilities are located both upper and lower campgrounds and a camp kitchen is situated in the upper campground.

Outdoor Pursuits

There is a high and low ropes course situated on site. A large range of activities are available in conjunction with the ropes course. These include waka racing, rowing, kayaking, paddle boarding, raft building, archery and team building exercises. There is also an International volleyball sand court available for hire.  Activities can be designed exclusively to integrate into itineraries and group schedules.


Podium Cafe is well situated in the heart of the domain with spectacular views of the lake. Come and enjoy a coffee, something to eat, relax and enjoy the views. There is also a playground and slides here for all the family to enjoy situated right alongside the Cafe.

Facilities and Services


  • WiFi
  • Parking
  • On-site accommodation

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Conference and Function Venues
Main Hall
Theatre: 600 Banquet: 400
Classroom: 250 Cocktail: 750

Karapiro Room
Theatre: 100 Boardroom: 34
Classroom: 38 Banquet: 80
U-Shape: 38 Cocktail: 100

Waipa Room
Theatre: 56 Boardroom: 25
Classroom: 30 Banquet: 40
U-Shape: 25

Te Manawa o Matariki Room
Theatre: 100 Boardroom: 34
Classroom: 38 Banquet: 80
U-Shape: 38 Cocktail: 100

Perry Community Water Sports Room
Theatre: 56 Boardroom: 25
Classroom: 30 Banquet: 40
U-Shape: 25

Accommodation Rooms Sleeps
Rob Waddell Lodge 13 41

Chalets (5) 1 8

Campsites (powered) 72  

Campsites (non-powered) 80  

Activities Hourly Throughput Daily Throughput
Range of on-site Activities   300


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