Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre

Herald Theatre is Auckland Live’s home for cutting-edge new performance and drama. This is the place to come to see exciting new works. Everything from new theatre by top local and international playwrights, to international micro circuses, to local dance have all graced the Herald stage. It also plays host to some of the more theatrical shows at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

The theatre itself is our most intimate, with 186 seats. It also has its own theatre bar. The large foyer space spills outdoors to a courtyard area, and the walls of the foyer feature a stunning mural by Jeena Shin, installed in early 2014. 

You’ll find Herald Theatre at the northern end of the Aotea Centre.

Getting to Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre

The Herald Theatre is situated at the rear of the Aotea Centre on Mayoral Drive, beside the Aotea Centre Stage Door entrance and close to The Civic and Bledisloe carpark driveways.

 

Walking directions:

Entering from The Civic Carpark to Level 1, Aotea Centre

  • Once inside the Aotea Centre, walk straight ahead to the Aotea Centre lifts.  (There is signage pointing to the lifts).  
  • Once in the lift, go to Level 2 of the Aotea Centre. 
  • Exit the lift, turn right and follow the wayfinding to the far side of the Level 2 foyer.
  • At the far end of the Level 2 foyer (Stalls level, next to Door B), turn left and follow the wayfinding through the signposted corridor to the external door.
  • Exit through the external door, turn left and take the external steps to the Herald Theatre.

 

Entering from Greys Avenue beside Auckland Town Hall

  • Walk down Greys Avenue. 
  • Pass Auckland Town Hall on your right.
  • Walk across Aotea Square to the Aotea Centre.Head up the Aotea Centre steps to the main doors of the Aotea Centre, then follow directions to Level 2 (Stalls level) of the Aotea Centre.
  • Once in the Level 2 foyer, follow the wayfinding through the signposted corridor to the external door.
  • Exit through the external door, turn left and take the external stairs to the Herald Theatre.

Entering from Queen Street

  • Walk across Aotea Square to the Aotea Centre.
  • Head up the Aotea Centre steps to the main foyer of the Aotea Centre, then follow directions to Level 2 (Stalls level) of Aotea Centre. 
  • Once in the Level 2 foyer, follow the wayfinding through the signposted corridor to the external door.
  • Exit through the external door, turn left and take the external stairs to the Herald Theatre.

Entering from the front of the Aotea Centre

  • Enter the main foyer and follow the wayfinding to Level 2 of the building.
  • Once in the Level 2 foyer, follow the wayfinding through the signposted corridor to the external door.
  • Exit through the external door, turn left and take the external stairs to the Herald Theatre.

Coming from the corner of Wellesley Street and Mayoral Drive

  • Head along Mayoral Drive, away from Wellesley and Albert Streets. 
  • Walk past the Bledisloe and The Civic Carpark entrances.  
  • From here you will see the back of the Aotea Centre, the Herald Theatre and the Aotea Centre Stage Door.  
  • There is a stairwell leading down to the Herald Theatre.
     

The Auckland Live team are very happy to assist you, please feel free to ask any Auckland Live staff for help or directions.