Quality Hotel Wellington
223 Cuba Street
Phone: (64) 4 3852156
Fax: (64) 4 3828873
This company promotes tours and theater in the Maori language. These shows are produced for indigenous New Zealand audiences but are a unique experience for overseas visitors. There are many opportunities for Maori theater practitioners to showcase their talents to the world at a series of advertised productions throughout the year. Story telling has long passed on Maori history and myth, and there is no better way to understand this than by frequenting one of these productions.
Chamber Music New Zealand has been bringing artists of international repute to New Zealand for decades. Past visits have included artists such as the Amadeus and Wihan Quartets, Yehudi Menuhin and the Nash Ensemble, as well as the New Zealand String Quartet and New Zealand Chamber Orchestra. Christchurch receives five concerts a year, with New Zealand works always featuring in one or two programmes. The quality of the performances ranges from the very good to the brilliant, and thanks to the support of Creative New Zealand tickets are affordable, with concessions for those under 26 years of age.Fax (04) 384 3773 Phone (04) 384 6133 or 0800 CONCERT (0800 266 2378
This quaint theatre company is situated in an historic part of the city. Their productions are greatly varied from the experimental to Victorian farce, and offer the theatre connoisseur a real smorgasbord of shows. All new members to this talented amateur group are welcome.
In the heart of downtown Wellington is this modern 100-seat theatre for hire. Rising from the ashes of the old Repertory Theatre, this auditorium has state of the art lighting and sound facilities. The playhouse is available for school, university, commercial or private productions. If you are young and at a loose end then it is worth noting that a lot of visiting international Techno Pop Disc Jockeys perform here. Admission: Varies with performances.
On opening in 1914, this theatre was one of the largest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere. It has a lavishly decorated interior, with a domed ceiling and grand circle together with two tiers of boxes. The facility was strengthened and restored in 1977, but retained many original features. The 'grand old lady' hosts ballet, plays, opera and comedy shows and is a stalwart of the 'International Festival of the Arts'. There is a bar, a balcony over the street for between scene sipping, and disabled seating.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet company presents ballet and contemporary dance of international quality. Three exciting shows are staged each year and toured nationally and internationally. The annual repertoire normally comprises a traditional ballet which is especially popular with children, a 20th century work and new pieces commissioned from New Zealand directors. Dress up and enjoy.
Completely refurbished in 1997 at a huge cost, this beautiful Edwardian theatre is an attraction in itself. Also functional, Saint James Theatre offers superb acoustics and viewing angles as well as the most modern stage and lighting facilities in New Zealand. Highly popular with international and local dance and musical productions this auditorium is in great demand. The Royal New Zealand Ballet is stationed here and performs contemporary and classical pieces several times a year. Disabled seating is available and there is an excellent cafe on-site.
A historic building, Wellington Town Hall is a spectacular structure that first opened in 1904. This iconic structure serves as a base for the city councilors and mayor. This beautiful venue has several spaces available for all kinds of entertainment. The auditorium itself is a beautiful peace of art famous for music performances. It boasts of one of the best acoustic systems not only in New Zealand but the world. On site catering is available here. A major entertainment hub, you must drop in to see this beautiful building the next time you are in Wellington.
Attending an event in a top class facility just adds to the entertainment quotient, and Michael Fowler Centre is the perfect example of this. An exceptionally built entertainment center, it is known not only for its striking architecture but also for popular events it plays host to. Up to 2200 guests can be accommodated in this large venue. The spacious auditorium is glamorous without being too flashy. Equipped with sleek and high tech facilities, it gives an edge to performances. Besides the auditorium, there are other spaces available too for various events. If you want to host a social gathering or any similar event, then, the Lion Harbour View Lounge is ideal for you as it provides sweeping views of the Wellington harbor. Drop in and you might catch an art show or have the chance to see famous musicians such as Tom Jones, Simon O'Neill and other interesting events. Check the website for more details and upcoming performances.
Capital E is a children's theater, the most modern and innovative in New Zealand. Productions staged here utilise singing, puppetry, dancing and music to entertain the audience. Vibrant sets and inspired performers will create delightful memories for children that they will carry with them all their lives. Drag them away from television for a while and they will thank you forever. Shows are not always on, as the theater group tours the country, so phone or watch the local papers for details. Admission varies with performance.
Circa is a small intimate theatre on the Wellington waterfront. Local performers run the theatre with a mandate to make theatre accessible to new and experienced theatre goers of all ages. This 260 seat auditorium features New Zealand plays, including comedies by the great Roger Hall. There is no better way to experience local culture at a moderate price. Enjoy a coffee in the snug bar and café before and after performances.
New Zealand's premier cricket ground, the Basin was originally planned as a small boat haven to be linked to the harbor by a canal. An 1855 earthquake raised the surrounding land by one meter and the Basin was laid out as a cricket oval to the delight of a century of cricket lovers from all over the world. Watching cricket "on the bank" on a balmy summers day is a wonderful experience. The National Cricket Museum is also sited at this facility. Every December the grounds are home to the magical Christmas celebration Carols by Candlelight.