Meeting Rooms & Accommodation

Vaughan Park is the ideal venue for your business meeting, group gathering, retreat or special event.  Our team have extensive experience in hospitality and our chefs make excellent food to enjoy in the dining room.

There are 18 single and 10 twin share rooms. Rooms are in four lodges and a separate wing in the Thomas Vaughan Lodge.  Each room is equipped with a desk, comfortable chair, hand basin and wardrobe and opens out into a courtyard or garden.  All lodges have lounges with tea and coffee-making and quality bathroom facilites.  There is guest Wi-Fi and full cellphone coverage.

Additional people can be accommodated as day guests.

The Thomas Vaughan Lodge

Named after Thomas Vaughan who kindly and generously donated the land on which Vaughan Park was built, the Thomas Vaughan Lodge is the main lodge building in the Centre, with two well-equpped conference/meeting rooms; Thomas Vaughan – upstairs and John Priestley – downstairs, holding 40+ and 50+ people.  There is also a spacious lounge and a dining room.

The separate Forrest Wing within the Thomas Vaughan Lodge, has four twin-share and two single rooms.  
Easy access to the flowered and attractive courtyards and broad decking give panoramic views of Long Bay beach and the Regional Park and offer a peaceful and beautiful place to sit awhile.

John Priestley Meeeting Room

The John Priestley meeting room in the Thomas Vaughan lodge is named after The Hon. Justice John Priestley, Chairman of theVaughan Park Governance Board from 2002 - 2011

Margaret Vaughan Cottage

Named after Thomas Vaughan’s mother, is a multi-purpose conference.meeting room, especially suited for groups of up to 16 people.  Designed to be a comfortable and functional room,  the Cottage has all the facilities that you will need for your gathering.  Ocean views from the Cottage and access to the surrounding courtyards and gardens offer a very pleasant and quiet space.

Clare House

Clare House is named after St. Clare of Assisi, one of the first followers of St. Francis of Assisi and honours Vaughan Park’s first custodians.

A comfortable house with three twin-share and one single room, the large lounge area  seats up to 10 people and is fully equipped for meetings and/or small resident groups.  It is an attractive day venue with a lounge opening out onto a large deck affording fabulous ocean views and lots of sunshine.

Bishop Te Haara House, Bishop Buckle House, Robert Carmichael House

Each lodge has five single rooms and one twin-share room, fully equipped with lounges, shower and toilet facilites and tea/coffee-making areas.  Each room also opens out to the gardens and/or has an ocean view.

We chose the names of these lodges to remember some of the people who have contributed to our story:

The Right Rev. Waiohau Rui (Ben) Te Haara was Pihopa kit e Tai Tokerau from 1992 – 2001.

The Right Rev. Edward Gilbert (Ted) Buckle, Assistant Bishop for the Northern Region of the Diocese of Auckland, 1981 – 1992.

Robert Carmichael, formerly Chief Executive of the Anglican Trust Board, who had a leading role in developing the concept of Vaughan Park as a Retreat Centre and was influential in its establishment.

Retreat Facilities

A time of Retreat gives us the opportunity to slow down, renew strength and hope, take time out from the stresses and pressures of everyday life.  Vaughan Park offers you peaceful surroundings conducive to reflection and contemplation, rest and refreshment.


Vaughan Park has disabled and wheelchair access and amenities throughout the Thomas Vaughan Lodge.  The Bishop Te Haara House and Forrest Wing also have wheelchair access, giving a total of 17 beds in 12 rooms.

We have designated Mobility parking spaces.

Day Visitors

Groups using the Centre can invite day guests to be part of their resident-stay programme at no additional charge.  We do, though, appreciate an early indication of numbers attending so that we can allocate the best sized room for you.

Exclusive use of the Vaughan Park Retreat Centre

If you would like to book Vaughan Park as a unique venue where you can create your own conference, meeting, workshop, retreat, wedding, milestone or family celebration, Marion Nickerson, our Operations Manager is happy to discuss this with you and offer a quotation to suit you. Click

Fire and Emergencies

Your safety is important to us.
An assembly map will be given to theLeader of each group when they report to Reception on arrival.
For evacuation please walk quickly and:
1.    Report to the Disabled Car Park opposite Reception
2.    Report to your designated Fire Warden
3.    Guests who have indicated that they require assistance on the Guest Register will be
       allocated an Area Warden for evacuation purposes.
4.    Your designated Fire Warden, who will be identified with orange armbands, will report to the Vaughan Park Area Warden about the status of your group.
5.    Your designated Fire Warden will keep you in the safety area until further
6.    Guests can only return to building when the “All clear” is given either by the Fire
       Service or the Site Warden/s who are identified with orange vests.


Damage, beyond reasonable fair wear and tear, is the responsibility of the group and will be invoiced for.


Payment in full is required within seven days after receipt of our invoice. All costs incurred by members of the group are the responsibility of the group.