With summer sunshine around the corner, Hobsonville Point’s repurposed Rifle Range is ready for all to enjoy.
The public space, which opened in March, was formerly an Air Force shooting and target practice facility that has now been converted into an outdoor theatre. History-lovers will enjoy the information boards that are wall-mounted at the range, detailing the unique backstories of the facility and the adjacent Te Onekiritea Point.
Located along Bomb Point Drive on the Coastal Walkway, the Rifle Range includes a full stage (with electricity), storage areas, a utility area with a basin and benches, a table tennis table, large areas of lawn, seating and public toilets.
Also available for onsite use is a range of play and outdoor equipment, compiled in consultation with students from both Hobsonville Point schools. Visitors can enjoy bean bags, soccer gear, rugby balls, large outdoor games, a play parachute and other gear. The equipment is locked in storage but can be accessed by texting the mobile number listed on the wall by the storage room next to the stage.
The range may be made available for organized events for large numbers of people, events with a commercial aspect or private events for which it may need to be closed to the public. Such bookings are dealt with on a case by case basis. Please contact Kāinga Ora via firstname.lastname@example.org at least 20 working days beforehand to enquire.
The facility is presently overseen by Kāinga Ora but will be transferred to Auckland Council ownership and management later this year. Users are asked to take all rubbish with them as bins are not provided.