The Civic Tours

Past Event18 May - 26 May

The Civic Tours

No longer available

The Civic

Special Events

More tours of The Civic will be announced soon. Make sure you sign up to our waitlist here and be the first to hear the next dates and times of The Civic Tours.

Take a guided tour through the grand old lady of Auckland theatre and musicals - The Civic.

Auckland Live’s bespoke 45-minute tour of this iconic and legendary landmark is packed full of facts, anecdotes and fun, as well as exclusive access to areas usually reserved for the stars.

LOVE! The mighty Civic’ - Tour patron

Listen and learn as our trained tour guides share the stories of The Civic’s fascinating history: its inception and design as an atmospheric theatre in the 1920s; its scandalous war years; its decline during the 60s and 70s; and its triumphant restoration and status as one of Auckland’s architectural treasures.

Re: news takes a tour of The Civic

Taking in the venue from top to bottom, you’ll see The Civic foyers through new eyes as the inspiration for its unique décor is revealed. You’ll get a taste of the glamour and greasepaint found backstage, and hear the tales of what went on in The Wintergarden during WWII, as well as take in the view from the theatre’s opera boxes and soak up the atmosphere of the 2300 seat auditorium, beneath the beauty of the theatre’s famous twinkling night sky. 

Entertaining, educational and a rare privilege, The Civic Tours will delight lovers of history and theatre, as well as fans of one of Auckland’s most-loved buildings. 

Social Media: We love you to share your Auckland Live experiences on social media. The Civic tour hashtags are #AucklandLive #TheCivic #AucklandLiveExperience

The Civic Tours are an Auckland Live Experience.

Interview with George Farrant on Concert FM’s Upbeat programme

Auckland's Civic Theatre to open for public tours - Stuff

The Civic Spills its Secrets - Radio NZ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'd like to come but the current tours are booked out
    To be the first to know about our new dates, sign up to our waitlist.
  • Does The Civic Tour have interpreters?
    The Civic Tour is provided in English only. 
  • Can I take photos during the tour? 
    There are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the tour. Your tour guide will advise you whilst on tour if photographs are not to be taken inside any spaces. Video filming is not permitted. 
  • If I am late for my tour what can I do?
    If you are going to be late for your tour please call Auckland Live on 021 917657 for assistance.
  • What should I wear?
    The Civic Tour includes up to 300 stairs. Flat, enclosed shoes are advised. 
  • What time do I need to arrive before my tour? 
    It’s a great idea to arrive early, grab a drink and soak up the atmosphere at Stark’s Café and Bar, adjacent to The Civic foyer. Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour to allow sufficient time to assemble so the tour can start on time. 
  • How many people can join the tour?
    The group size of The Civic Tour is limited to a maximum of 30 people, split into two groups of 15, per tour. This smaller number helps us to bring you to the best backstage areas possible. 
  • For those with a good level of fitness:
    On The Civic Tour you will climb around 300 steps as you move throughout foyers and spaces. While there are railings and a number of rests throughout the tour when the guide shares our stories, you will not have the opportunity to sit for any long period of time during the tour.

Ticket Pricing

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General Admission

Group Bookings

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