We use cookies to improve your experience on our site, personalise content and analyse our traffic. To find out more, read our updated privacy policy.

Birthday FAQs

Birthday Party FAQs

Jump to:


How much does a ZONE BOWLING party cost?

We need 100 of your favourite dollars as a booking deposit - it's the only way to keep Meryl from accounts happy. Then, we need the final balance four business days before your party, based on your final number of guests. This deposit is non-refundable from the date of booking on.

What is the minimum number of guests for a birthday party booking?

A minimum of 10 guests will get the party started.

What does the party host do?

Save the lives of parents, that's what! Your party host will keep the kids entertained on the day and sort out all the nitty gritty organisational details before. But remember: your party host is not an actual parent, so while he/she will guide activities for the duration of the party, we still need the parents, guardians or carers to stay close for supervision.

What does a 'carer' mean?

A carer is a parent, guardian or adult responsible for supervising the party kids and also acts as a touchpoint for our hosts. We recommend that carers are present for the duration of your party. Carers are there to ensure the kids are all in attendance during each activity, escort the kids to the bathroom and ensure they are behaving appropriately in the venue. If there is a problem the host will inform the carers, so it is necessary to remain in the venue to be able to supervise the party.

Can I bring my own birthday cake?


Can I/we bring my own food?

Nope, sorry. It's not you, it's us: our food options are just way too yummy, so you have to experience it! 

Where do we eat?

In the ZONE BOWLING party room (at selected centres only), or on the concourse, subject to availability.

Can ZONE BOWLING organise party invitations?

Well, duh! you can phone us at 03 668 3267 (Garden City) or 09 887 8513 (Botany) to have your invitations posted to you, or head into your selected ZONE BOWLING to pick some up! Alternatively, you can download them and print them yourself.

Do you provide bowling socks?

Nope. Remember to remind all guests to bring their own pair of socks! Socks are also available for purchase in venue.

What time should I arrive for our party?

We suggest arriving 15 minutes before your start time: this will help with organising shoes, food, details etc, and ensure that your party begins on time and that none of the guests miss out on any of the fun. Your party will commence on the hour: no waiting for latecomers!

How long is a birthday party at ZONE BOWLING?

Depending on the party package you have chosen:

  • The Pin - approximately 2 hours
  • The Double - approximately 2 ¬Ĺ -3 hours
  • The Golden Turkey¬†- approximately 3 hours
  • The Arcade - approximately¬†2 ¬Ĺ -3 hours

The party tables will be available for up to 45 minutes. Please note that even though we make every effort to guarantee tables are available for adults, this may not be possible during busier periods.

Do I need to confirm my booking?

Yes - please call us on the Wednesday before your party to confirm the following:

  • Final number of guests attending, so that we can have ensure enough staff and catering on the day;
  • Any special dietary requirements i.e. vegetarian or food intolerances;
  • Whether you'd like to order any additional platters for the kids or parents attending; and
  • For the best party experience for your guests, we recommend ZONE BOWLING parties for kids aged 5 and above.

Can I change the food I ordered for the party?

Platters cannot be cancelled within 72 hours of the party, so choose wisely, Padawan!

Can I book a birthday party for twins, or have a combined party?


I am having trouble booking my party, please help me!

No problem! please call us on 03 366 3323 (Garden City) or 09 272 0333 (Botany) and one of our team will help you

Can I book out the Laser Tag area?

Only if your party group fills the Laser Tag arena to capacity - if not, other players may be playing at the same time.

What is the minimum age for Laser Tag?

For safety reasons, the minimum age for children in our laser arenas is six years old. A party for a child turning five years old cannot be for Laser Tag.

We recommend ZONE BOWLING parties for kids aged 5 and above to deliver the best experience for the children.

Back to top