Hiring our Venues

If you’re interested in hiring our venues for an arts and live entertainment event, this is the place to start! Below you will find a brief overview of each of Auckland Live’s primary theatres, venues and outdoor spaces. As you’ll see, our suite of venues can accommodate a wide variety of events; we encourage you to contact our experienced team to talk through what venue would be the best fit for you.

For corporate functions & general venue hire please visit the team at Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events.

For venue hire relating to arts & live entertainment in:

Email bookings@aucklandlive.co.nz or call 09 309 2677

For stadium concerts at:

Please contact our Auckland Stadiums colleagues at aucklandstadiums.co.nz

Auckland Live Venues

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre is a multi-purpose lyric theatre housed within New Zealand’s premier arts, entertainment and convention venue - Aotea Centre. It has 2,139 seats on three levels. 

Kiri Te KanawaTheatre 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.

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre shares backstage facilities with Herald Theatre

> Download th Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre seating map

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.

Herald Theatre shares backstage facilities with Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre in Aotea Centre.

> Download the Herald Theatre seating map

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.

> Download The Civic seating map

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.

Preview of Wintergarden, The Civic

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.

> Download the Great Hall seating map

A smaller venue at Auckland Town Hall, the Concert Chamber seats up to 431 people. It’s perfect for cabaret, comedy, and intimate gigs. 

> Download the Concert Chamber seating map

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. 

> Download the Bruce Mason Centre seating map

Hire Costs

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.

Kiri Te Kanawa 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 bookings@aucklandlive.co.nz to get more information about the venue(s) you’re interested in, including full specs, pricing, and more.