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Town Hall strengthening gets underway

Earthquake strengthening is set to get under way on the iconic 114-year-old Town Hall.

Wellington City Council will begin work on the exterior of the Town Hall shortly, before the main refurbishment starts later in the year. 

The venue is due to be reopened in 2021 as a joint facility between Wellington City Council, the New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and our team look forward to having this historic auditorium back in action.

Key changes to the area around the Town Hall include: 

  • The lane between the Town Hall and the Michael Fowler Centre will be closed to allow the strengthening work to be done. Pedestrians will be redirected.
  • Wakefield Street will remain open. There will be the temporary loss of some short term car parks. Arrangements for traffic management are being finalised and will be reviewed in about six months’ time.
  • The nearby Michael Fowler Centre car park will close on 1 May 2018 for about 18 months. A prefabricated building will be located in the car park as a temporary rehearsal studio for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The ballet company will move out of the St James Theatre to make way for earthquake strengthening work which is scheduled to start in May.
  • The tour operator bus stop will be relocated further down Wakefield Street, opposite the Amora Hotel. 

For more information on the Town Hall strengthening, visit

Michael Fowler Centre car park

As noted above, the Wellington City Council will close the Michael Fowler Centre car park on 1 May 2018. We're currently working with those hirers that are affected to come up with other alternatives.

If you have any questions, please contact Alana Bicknell