Hiring our Venues
If you’re a promoter interested in bringing a show to Auckland at one of Auckland Live venues, this is the place to start. Here you’ll find a little taste of what each of our venues offers, and contact details to find out more.
For any information regarding the use of these venues please go to:
Corporate Functions and Events: aucklandconventions.co.nz
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
ASB Theatre is a world-class venue and has recently undergone refurbishment to modernise the facility and further enhance the acoustic properties of the space. It is the Auckland home to national performing arts companies the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Opera.
The theatre regularly hosts international touring concerts, recitals, comedy, dance, community events and children’s theatre. It is also very popular as a venue for corporate dinners and events, conferences, product launches, presentations and exhibitions.
ASB Theatre shares backstage facilities with Herald Theatre.
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Our other Aotea Centre venue, Herald Theatre is a black box theatre with a maximum capacity of 186 seats on one raked level. It has its own bar, large foyer space and outdoor courtyard, and some flexibility with seating means it can be configured to suit a variety of uses.
Herald Theatre is the place for small, independent shows and companies, and is a focus venue for our programme development. It’s also well-used during Auckland’s annual comedy and cabaret festivals. It is well suited to intimate theatre performances, local drama, small functions, events and presentations.
Aotea Square has undergone a two-year redevelopment programme, which was completed in 2010 to make the space appropriate for use up to 20,000 people making it suitable for a range of large community events, art activations, product launches and public gatherings and meetings. The space requires booking for use, please refer to our booking information.
The Civic is an iconic venue. It is New Zealand’s premier lyric theatre and one of the few remaining Atmospheric Theatres in the world, with 2,379 seats on two levels.
It has been fully restored to its former Rococo glory and has a modernised stage house, world-class backstage facilities, and a state-of-the-art digital projection system, as well as one of NZ’s largest cinema screens.
The Civic is a very versatile venue and is regularly used for large-scale musicals, plays, concerts of all types, product launches, corporate functions, banquets and film shoots. In demand during both the NZ International Film Festival and the Auckland Arts Festival, its primary use is for long-run seasons.
Wintergarden, The Civic
Wintergarden is a versatile and flexible function space with a maximum capacity of 700 on one level.
Its architecture compliments the design and grandeur of The Civic and with no fixed stage or seating layout, Wintergarden can easily be configured for concert, theatre, cabaret or café style seating.
With such versatility, the venue is used for a wide range of events including cocktail functions, banquets, parties, product launches, and seated concerts for 500, and up to 700 standing. It is important to note that it can only be used when there is not a performance in progress in The Civic.
Auckland Town Hall (Great Hall and Concert Chamber)
The Auckland Town Hall was officially opened on 14 December 1911 by Baron Islington, New Zealand’s Governor General at the time. At that time the total cost of the project was 126,000 pounds, which included the price of purchasing additional land, and a few design changes during construction. Top architects from around the world were invited to submit designs and from 46 proposals, the design by Melbourne architects, JJ & EJ Clarke was chosen. This was in the Italian renaissance revival style and featured a five level, wedged-shaped building which accommodated the unusual shape of the site.
In 1994, the Auckland City Council embarked on a three-year, $32.8 million restoration and upgrade of the building. An emphasis was placed on restoring the interior and exterior to its former glory.
The Auckland Town Hall comprises of Great Hall, a 1,529-seat concert hall (on three levels) modelled on the Gewandaus in Liepzig, Germany, and Concert Chamber, a 431-seat chamber music recital hall; three levels of foyers serving each level of Great Hall and Concert Chamber (two levels) and various meeting rooms. The acoustics of Great Hall and Concert Chamber are considered some of the finest in the world.
Great Hall of Auckland Town Hall is renowned as an orchestral venue, having one of the best acoustics of any venue in the world. If you’re bringing music to Auckland there is simply no better place to play, so it’s no surprise it’s one of our busiest venues. It is also multi-functional, and can be flat-floored for rock concerts, dances, Christmas parties or dinners. Seating (for up to 1,529 people) is over 3 levels, with no proscenium arch or curtain. And Great Hall is where you’ll find the famous Town Hall Organ.
A smaller venue at Auckland Town Hall, the concert chamber seats up to 431 people. It’s perfect for cabaret, comedy, and intimate gigs.
Bruce Mason Centre
Bruce Mason Centre opened on 6 August 1996 and is Auckland’s only mid-sized 1,000 seat theatre. Configurations range from 500 – 1,700 pax.
Bruce Mason Centre is a very versatile venue and is regularly used for a wide range of events from one-man shows through to full musical theatre and ballet productions.
Bruce Mason Centre regularly hosts international touring musicals, concerts, recitals, comedy, dance, community events and children’s theatre. It is also very popular as a venue for corporate dinners and events, conferences, product launches, presentations and exhibitions.
Mount Smart Stadium
Mt Smart is home to the Vodafone Warriors, Auckland Football Federation, and Athletics Auckland. It's a premiere outdoor venue hired for sporting events, concerts and festivals. It also features multi-purpose internal function spaces, training fields, and an international standard athletics track, all of which can be hired.
To hire Mt Smart Stadium, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
QBE Stadium is home to North Harbour Rugby, New Zealand Football, Northern Football, Marist North Harbour and Harbour Sport. It's a premiere outdoor venue on the North Shore, hired for sporting events, concerts adn festivals. Within QBE you'll also find multi-function spaces and five sports fields, two with artificial turf, all of which can be hired.
To hire QBE Stadium, contact email@example.com.
Depending on the venue, different things will be included in the cost of hiring. Additional equipment costs should be factored in, and information about this is available upon request.
ASB Theatre, Herald Theatre, Great Hall, Concert Chamber, and Bruce Mason Centre all have community hire rates available - conditions apply, please contact us to find out more.
Want to find out more?
Please contact Theatrebookings@aucklandlive.co.nz to get more information about the venue(s) you’re interested in, including full specs, pricing, and more.