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History and heritage are words that are synonymous with The Opera House. An intimate and welcoming performance space that oozes antique charm and backstage drama, The Opera House has been a social and events venue for successive generations in Wellington.

The Opera House hosts a wide variety of performances and events and is a place that springboards and showcases up-and-coming talent. It is also a popular choice for on-stage gala events, dining and programme launches.

Centrally located at 111 Manners Street The Opera House is close to Cuba Street and a short stroll to Courtenay Place, offering something a little different for events in the heart of Wellington.

Unique features:

  • It features an impressive stage - bigger than the Sydney Opera house and even London's West End has only two stages that are larger.
  • It boasts a lavishly decorated public room and auditorium with a domed ceiling, circle, marble staircase and grand circle together with two tiers of boxes.
  • Backstage, a manual counterweight flying system with 87 lines was installed in 2005.
  • It has earned a reputation for providing outstanding performances, having housed a variety of events including opera, drama, public meetings, concerts and ballets.
  • Fabulous on-stage dining options at The Opera House. There are various spaces, beside the main stage - such as the Balcony Suite, to host and entertain your guests. It's all about location, location, location!
  • The Theatre comfortably seats 1381, has space for cocktail functions and can cater for banquets of up to 130.

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Wheelchair or special access bookings
The Opera House doesn't have a lift so accessibility of special seating requirements please contact Ticketek on 0800 842 538 or online for assistance on booking tickets or they'll advise how to proceed.



An intimate and welcoming performance space, the Opera House has been a lively venue for successive generations in Wellington. Perfect for a wide variety of events including public meetings, AGMs, gala dinners plus cocktail receptions on the stage!
With its stunning architecture and theatrical presence, this venue is an ideal location for dinners and cocktail functions. It has also played host to numerous corporate meetings, with the spectacular structural design lending a unique feel to their classroom set-up.

Fine art. Fine venue.

Venues Wellington is proud to manage the gallery function space 'Academy Galleries'.

Free wi-fi

Keep your finger on the pulse during an event - we offer free access to wireless internet for delegates in our conference venues (Shed 6, TSB Bank Arena, St James Theatre and the Michael Fowler Centre).

Contact our sales team on 04 801 4207 for more information.

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