Accessibility

Accessibility

At Auckland Live we believe the arts are for everyone and we work hard to open the world of theatre and live entertainment experiences to as many people as possible.

Accessibility is at the heart of this work. As part of it, we make sure our venues are accessible and offer a range of accessible performances for all live arts and entertainment lovers.

We are here to help 

Please contact us once you have booked your tickets and/or prior to coming to a show or performance regarding any access requirements, support or information you, your family or friends may need.

Contact us: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Ph: 09 309 2677
Email: accessibility@aucklandlive.co.nz

At the show or venue: Please ask for assistance or advise from any of our experienced and knowledgeable uniformed staff members.  They will ensure you and your guests have the best experience possible. 

Accessibility Virtual Tours

Designed for patrons who have mobility restrictions or are wheelchair users. Familiarise yourself with the layout of our venues from the comfort of home. 

Take an Accessibility Virtual Tour of the:
The Civic
Auckland Town Hall
Bruce Mason Centre

Each tour provides a virtual pathway through the venue, using easy, navigational tools to assist with wayfinding.  The tours include 3D images of the venues, colour-coded pathways for patrons depending on the level of mobility, and step counts to key areas such as wheelchair seating, box offices, bathrooms, and lifts. 

Accessibility Virtual Tours are planned for Aotea Centre, The Cloud, and Shed 10 at Queen’s Wharf.

Upcoming Accessible Performances


View the full Auckland Live Cabaret Season programme (including Tim Minchin). Text brochure (docx) available here. 

Making our shows and venues accessible

Wheelchair and walker access and bookings

Wheelchair access

All Auckland Live venues can be accessed by wheelchairs and walkers, and have elevators and ramps for those with difficulty accessing stairs.

We have seats at all our venues which are specially designed to be accessible for wheelchair users. 

Please note, walkers are a hazard and for the safety and wellbeing of the rest of the audience must be removed from the theatre prior to the event starting. One of our friendly uniformed staff can return your walker to you any time you require it.

Booking wheelchair seats

To book wheelchair seats in our venues please contact Ticketmaster on 09 970 9711.  
Please note this is not a general sales line.  Be sure to specifically request wheelchair seats.

Companion seats are available for those booking wheelchair seats.

Courtesy wheelchairs

We have two wheelchairs available at each venue if you or someone you’re coming with has mobility needs.
You can request one of these by calling us on tel: + 64 9 309 2677.

Drop-off points

There are drop-off points located in close proximity to all our venues for those who require step-free access or who are unable to walk long distances. These drop-off points are not car parks but places where cars can temporarily stop to let passengers out.

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre: The Aotea Centre can be accessed internally from Level 1 of the Civic Car Park.
Herald Theatre: 50 Mayoral Drive, outside the Aotea Centre Stage Door, next to the Herald Theatre main entrance.

Auckland Town Hall: Directly outside the Auckland Town Hall on Queen Street, close to the main entrance.
Take the Accessibility Virtual Tour of the Auckland Town Hall.  

The Civic: On the corner of Elliot Street and Wellesley St West.
Please note that the bus stops located directly outside The Civic’s main entrance on Queen Street and Wellesley Street are for buses only and can be extremely busy during peak times.
Take the Accessibility Virtual Tour of The Civc.

Bruce Mason Centre: A dedicated drop-off zone is located just up from the main entrance, running parallel with Killarney Street. This can be accessed from either Killarney Street or The Promenade.  Take the Accessibility Virtual Tour of the Bruce Mason Centre


Reduced Mobility

If you have difficulty with stairs, all Auckland Live venues have elevators and ramps.   

If you use a walker, please note that for the safety and wellbeing of the rest of the audience we are required to remove the walker from the theatre prior to the event starting. One of our friendly uniformed staff can return your walker to you any time you require it.

We are here to help 

Please contact us prior to coming to the show or performance regarding any access requirements, support, or information you, your family or friends may need.

Contact us: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm
Ph: 09 309 2677
Email: accessibility@aucklandlive.co.nz

A member of Auckland Live’s team will be in touch to discuss how we can best assist you upon arrival at the venue and during the show.

At the show or venue: Please ask for assistance or advise from any of our experienced and knowledgeable uniformed staff members.  They will ensure you and your guests have the best experience possible.


 


Venue drop-off points

Drop-off points

There are drop-off points located in close proximity to all our venues for those who require step-free access, or who are unable to walk long distances. These drop-off points are not car parks, but places where cars can temporarily stop to let passegers out.

Aotea Centre

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre: This venue can be accessed internally from Level 1 of the Civic Car Park.
Herald Theatre: 50 Mayoral Drive, outside the Aotea Centre Stage Door, next to the Herald Theatre's main entrance.

Auckland Town Hall

Great Hall and Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall: Directly outside the Auckland Town Hall on Queen Street, close to the main entrance. Take the Accessibility Virtual Tour of the Auckland Town Hall.

The Civic

The Civic: On the corner of Elliot Street and Wellesley St West.
Please note that the bus stops located directly outside The Civic’s main entrance on Queen Street and Wellesley Street are for buses only and can be extremely busy during peak times.
Take the Accessibility Virtual Tour of The Civc

Bruce Mason Centre

Bruce Mason Centre: A dedicated drop-off zone is located just up from the main entrance, running parallel with Killarney Street. This can be accessed from either Killarney Street or The Promenade. 
Take the Accessibility Virtual Tour of the Bruce Mason Centre

Queens Wharf

Shed 10: Drop-off point is located at the roundabout to the left of Shed 10 on Queens Wharf. 
The Cloud: Drop off-point is located at the roundabout to the right of The Cloud on Queens Wharf


Where to find passenger lifts in our venues

All Auckland Live venues have lifts and there is clear directional signage indicating where the lifts are located inside all of our venues.

At the show or venue, please ask for assistance and directions from any of our uniformed staff members.    

Aotea Centre 

Once you have walked inside the Aotea Centre the lifts are located in the left-hand side of the building and are accessible from Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3  foyers and from Level 1 of the Civic car park.
 

Auckland Town Hall 

In the Auckland Town Hall, there is a glass lift in the central atrium in close proximity to the Great Hall and the Concert Chamber. It is accessible from both the Queen Street and Greys Avenue entrances.

Bruce Mason Centre 

Once inside the Bruce Mason Centre the passenger lift is on the right side of the venue, it is accessible from the Ground Floor Foyer via the main entrance and the rear entrance via the Auckland Transport parking building.

The Civic 

The Civic passenger lift is located on the Ground Floor of The Civic foyer.  When arriving inside the main entrance the lift is on the left-hand side of the venue via the Door C Circle corridor.  

Shed 10 

The Shed 10 passenger lift is located at the left-hand side of the building and is accessible from the Ground Floor foyer via the main entrance.

The Cloud 

The Cloud's accessible lift to the Mezzanine level is located on the left-hand side towards the end of the building and is accessible from the Ground Floor via the North & South main entrances.


Where to find accessibility toilets in our venues

All Auckland Live venues have accessible  toilets and there is directional signage indicating where these toilets are located throughout each venue.  

At the show or venue please ask for assistance and directions from any of our uniformed staff members.    

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre 

There are accessible toilets on each level of the Aotea Centre.

Level 1 accessible toilets are located inside the Hunua conference room to the immediate left of the Hunua main entrance
Level 2 accessible toilet is located to the left-hand side of the Stalls foyer opposite Door A
Level 3 accessible toilets are located opposite the Limelight entrance and also next to Door F adjacent to the Circle Bar
Level 4 accessible toilet is located adjacent to the Waihorotiu meeting room
Level 5 accessible toilets are located at adjacent to Balcony Door G 

Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre

There is an accessible toilet at the back of the Herald Theatre foyer to the left of the theatre door entrance 

The Civic 

There are accessible toilets located throughout The Civic.

Level 2 accessible toilet is located  to the right of the lift next to the Stalls toilets,  
Level 4 accessible toilets are located adjacent to the Elephant and Borobudur bars next to the Circle toilets
Level 5 accessible toilets are to the left of the passenger lift and adjacent to the Maharaja Room

Wintergarden, The Civic 

Accessible toilets are available via the passenger lift to Level 2 and located to the right of the lift next to the Stalls toilets.

Auckland Town Hall 

Accessible toilets are available on Level 1 and the Lower Ground Floor of the Auckland Town Hall.

Level 1  accessible toilets are located  to the left of the passenger lift
Lower Ground accessibletoilets are located in the Greys Avenue Foyer to the left and right of the main stairs
Additional accessible toilets are located via the Lower Ground floor corridor to the VIP rooms

Bruce Mason Centre 

Accessible toilets are available on each level of the Bruce Mason Centre.

Ground Floor: Accessible toilets are located in the main foyer via the corridor to the lift and toilets
 Level 1: accessible toilets are located on the left-hand side of the building adjacent to the Hauraki conference rooms

The Cloud 

Accessible toilets are available on the Ground Floor on the left-hand side, approximately halfway down the venue.

Shed 10 

Accessible toilets are available on Level 1 and the Ground Floor.

Ground Floor accessible toilets are located at the front of the building to the right-hand side of the Ground Floor Foyer
Level 1 accessible toilets are located at the front of the building to the right-hand side of the Level 1 Foyer


Blind or low vision

Front of House help

Visually impaired patrons can call Ticketmaster on 09 970 9745 any time before 5pm on the day of the show to ask them to alert Auckland Live's front of house staff of their arrival time and any assistance that may be needed at the venue.

At the show or venue: Please ask for assistance or advice from any of our experienced and knowledgeable uniformed staff members. They will ensure you and your guests have the best experience possible.

Guide dogs

Guide dogs are welcome at all our venues.

Audio-described performances

Audio description captures the visual elements of a show that a blind or visually impaired person might otherwise miss, and describes them in clear and vivid language.

Trained audio describers provide a live, concise and factual description of the action and visual elements of the show, which you listen to through an earpiece attached to a pocket-sized radio. We give theatergoers who are taking advantage of our audio-descriptions a set of introductory notes to listen to before the performance. The notes include a description of the stage set, props, costumes, etc.

Touch Tours

Before or after each audio-described performance, audience members using the audio description can walk through the set on stage, touch set pieces, feel the costumes, and handle key props.

It’s important that you book in advance for a Touch Tour, as our group sizes are limited.

Sign up

Make sure you are the first to know when audio-described performances and touch tours go on sale by signing up to our mailing list. 
Email your full name and email details to: accessibility@aucklandlive.co.nz

 

 

 


Deaf or hard of hearing

Hearing aid loops

Hearing aid loops are available at The Civic, Aotea Centre (in the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre), Auckland Town Hall (the Great Hall and the Concert Chamber), and the Bruce Mason Centre.

To use the loop, just switch your hearing aids to 'tele'.

There are particular areas in each venue that are covered by the hearing aid loop. To use it, you will need to make sure you book tickets in the right section of the relevant theatre.
Please contact Ticketmaster (09) 970 9700 and request these seats specifically.

Sign Language-interpreted performances

These shows are for audience members who are deaf or hearing impaired. Trained interpreters, usually standing to the side of the stage, interpret the script during the performance using New Zealand Sign Language.

Sign up

Be the first to know when sign language-interpreted performances go on sale by signing up to our mailing list.
Email your full name and email details to: accessibility@aucklandlive.co.nz

 


Relaxed performances

Relaxed Performances

Auckland Live offers relaxed performances for some shows.

Relaxed performances are just that – relaxed, and held in a comfortable, non-distracting, or non-aggravating environment. They are tailored for audience members with an autism spectrum disorder, a sensory or communications disorder, or learning difficulty.

Shows offering relaxed performances are accompanied by a Visual Story, a document which explains at a glance the venue and the show. This helps audiences attending become familiar with their visit in advance.

You can sign up to be informed when relaxed performances are happening in our venues and/or request a Visual Story by emailing accessibility@aucklandlive.co.nz.


For all other access requirements

Please let us know if you, your family, or friends who are attending a show at Auckland Live require any special assistance.
 
Email your requirements or any query to accessibility@aucklandlive.co.nz, and if possible include your venue seat numbers, as well as your contact details.

A member of Auckland Live’s front of house team will be in touch with you before the show to discuss how we can best assist you upon your arrival at the venue and during the show.


Live events for everyone

Our Be Accessible ratings

The Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna is currently rated Gold for accessibility by Be.Lab (formerly Be. Accessible).

The Auckland Town Hall, The Civic and Aotea Square are rated Silver, while the Aotea Centre is rated Bronze. We are constantly work on improving our scores, and offering our patrons and visitors a truly accessible experience.

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Useful links

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand

National Foundation for the Deaf

Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (ABC NZ)

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