Visitor Information

Opening hours:

The Auckland Town Hall Box Office is open 90-minutes before showtime.

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Practical info

You’ll find the Auckland Town Hall at 301 – 317 Queen Street, next to Aotea Square.

The Auckland Town Hall Box Office is to the right of the main entrance (on Queen Street) as you come into the building. It opens 90 minutes before the start of performances.

The Auckland Town Hall consists of the Great Hall (seating map) and Concert Chamber (seating map). Take the 3D tour of the venue.

Visit our Tickets and Seating page for more information.

The Civic car park is a short walk from the Auckland Town Hall, making it a great option for shows there. It is important, however, to remember that sometimes all our venues are filled with events. Make sure you have a backup plan — or book a space in advance.

Visit our Parking and Transport page for more information.

There are many great eating options for a snack or a full meal near the Town Hall. When special events such as ‘Summer in the Square’ are running, you can also take advantage of food trucks in Aotea Square selling tasty street food and drinks.

Visit our Eating and Drinking page for more information.

Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in this venue is prohibited.

All Auckland Live venues can be accessed by wheelchairs and have lifts and ramps to assist those who have difficulty climbing stairs. 

In Auckland Town Hall there is also a glass lift in the central atrium. Companion seats are available for those booking wheelchair spaces and guide dogs are welcome at our venues.

For every show visually impaired patrons can call Ticketmaster at 09 970 9745 any time before 5pm on the day of the show and they will make sure the front of house team is aware of your needs. 

Both the Great Hall and the Concert Chamber have hearing aid loops. Contact Ticketmaster at 09 970 9700 for advice on the best area to be seated in. To connect to the hearing loop, switch your hearing aids to ‘tele’.

Visit our Accessibility page for more information.

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If you're a promoter interested in bringing a show to Auckland Live please visit our Hiring Our Venues page for more information.

If you're interested in hiring a room at the Town Hall for a meeting, conference or similar event, please visit the Auckland Conventions website.

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About the Venue

The Auckland Town Hall is a prominent civic landmark in the neo-Baroque style. Taking pride of place on Queen Street in Auckland’s CBD, it is known both for its original and ongoing use for administrative functions for the Auckland Council as well as its famed Great Hall and Concert Chamber. The Auckland Town Hall has been at the centre of the city’s political and cultural life since its opening, and over the years has hosted countless significant events and figures. Attractive stained-glass windows, ornate plasterwork, and spectacular chandeliers combine to make this a beautiful venue.

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About Auckland Town Hall

The Town Hall was specifically designed by Melbourne architects JJ and EJ Clark to fit the wedge-shaped piece of land acquired for it. Protected as a Category A heritage building, it was opened in 1911 by Baron Islington, New Zealand’s Governor General at the time. From 1994-1997 the building was fully restored, allowing the addition of modern amenities and re-establishing the building’s standing as a multi-functional venue and world class performance hall.

The Auckland Town Hall was officially opened on 14 December 1911 by Baron Islington, New Zealand’s Governor General at the 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. 

Constructed from Oamaru limestone, this historic five-storey building with its distinctive clock tower, has many special features including kauri floors, decorative pressed metal ceilings and plasterwork, stained glass windows, cast iron balustrades, porcelain and glazed ceramic tiling, and hand blown chandeliers.

In February 2016, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra relocated their operations to the Auckland Town Hall, bringing the administration and musicians under the one roof of their performance home.

 

Auckland Town Hall is rated Silver for accessibility by Be.Accessible. Take the Accessibility Virtual Tour of the venue.

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