Visitor Information

Auckland Town Hall is open for performances only. 

Auckland Town Hall Box Office opens 90 minutes prior to performances at Auckland Town Hall.

Practical info

Where are we?

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

Tickets and Seating

Our Box Office opens 90 minutes prior to performances for you to collect your tickets.

Take a 3D tour of the venue.

Transport and Parking


The Civic Car Park is a short walk from Aotea Centre, making it a great option for shows here. 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.

Pre-paid Parking at the Civic Car Park

A limited number of pre-paid parking spaces are available on Level 2 of the Civic Car Park, which is beneath Aotea Square. Entry is via Greys Avenue only. 

You can only purchase a pre-paid parking voucher at the time you purchase your event tickets. You can also add a pre-paid car park voucher to an existing ticket order by calling the Ticketmaster Call Centre on 0800 111 999 or by visiting the Aotea Centre Box Office.

Pre-paid parking is available from 6.00pm only. 

Public transport

Visit Auckland Transport or download the AT app to see what public transport options are available.


For city centre venues, the best spot to meet a taxi is the Bledisloe Street car park at 24 Wellesley Street West. 

Eating and Drinking

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. 


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 on 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 loops. Contact Ticketmaster on 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.


Interested in hiring Auckland Town Hall?

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 want to hire a room at Auckland Town Hall for a meeting or conference, please visit the Auckland Conventions website.

About the Venue

Auckland Town Hall is a prominent civic landmark of neo-Baroque style. Taking pride of place on Queen Street in Auckland’s CBD, it is known both for it’s original and ongoing use for administrative functions for Council as well as its famed Great Hall and Concert Chamber. 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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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.