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 carparks driveways.

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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 3 of the Aotea Centre. 
  • Exit the lift, then turn right and head to Level 4, (Location of: Circle, Aotea Box Office and Box Café & Bar).
  • Head to the Aotea Box Office and go through the Aotea Centre’s main entrance doors onto the balcony.  
  • Turn left (away from Box Café and Bar), head around the outside of the building.
  • Staying on this route will take you all the way to Herald Theatre and Mayoral Drive. (There are signage arrows for the Herald Theatre on the covered walkway around the Aotea Centre).

Entering from Greys Avenue beside Auckland Town Hall

  • Walk down Greys Avenue 
  • Pass the Auckland Town Hall on your right
  • Walk across Aotea Square to the Aotea Centre
  • Head up the Aotea Centre stairs to the main doors of the Aotea Centre (then follow directions from the front of the Aotea Centre, below).

Entering from Queen Street

  • Walk across Aotea Square the Aotea Centre
  • Head up the Aotea Centre stairs to the main doors of the Aotea Centre (then follow directions from the front of the Aotea Centre, below).

Entering from the front of the Aotea Centre

  • Stand on the main balcony and face the main doors of the Aotea Centre in front of the Aotea Centre Box Office (Box Café and Bar is on the left).
  • Turn to the right and make your way around the covered balcony around the Aotea Centre.  (There is signage pointing to the Herald Theatre all the way along the covered walkway)  
  • Once on the other side of Aotea Centre, the Herald Theatre and Mayoral Drive are right there. 

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.