Getting there

Closest bus stop: Manners Street 

Closest parking: Michael Fowler Centre car park or Taranaki Street Parking at 58 Taranaki Street.

Access information

Wheelchair accessibility: Ground floor only.  There is no lift at the Opera House.

Accessible seating:  Eight wheelchair spots in the Stalls.

Accessible toilets: Located on the ground floor to the right of the entrance.

Accessible parking: Three accessible parks in the Michael Fowler Centre car park - entrance off Wakefield Street. For detailed inner-city mobility parking information – click here.

Hearing loops:  No

More information can be found on the Be Accessible website.


If you require a specific seat  please contact Ticketmaster on 0800 120 071 and a customer service representative will assist you with your booking. If you rely on other access requirements to ensure your enjoyment of the show, please contact the Festival on (04) 912 0411 or ticketing@festival.co.nz. 

About Opera House

Holding pride of place in every Wellingtonian's affections, The Opera House is a wonderful example of an Edwardian Lyric Theatre.

Originally known as the Grand Opera House, it was designed by Melbourne architect William Pitt and supervised by architect Albert Liddy. Opening day was Easter Saturday in 1914. At the time it was one of the largest proscenium arch theatres of its kind in Australasia. Due to its lavishly decorated public room and auditorium with a domed ceiling, circle, stairs and grand circle together with two tiers of boxes, it is an icon of early 1900s architecture.

It is constructed of double capacity brick walls two feet thick and jarrah floors. It has a bigger stage than the Sydney Opera House and even London's West End has only two stages that are larger.