The Opera House

With its stunning architecture, The Opera House is a remarkable performance space that oozes antique charm and drama. It plays host to a variety of events, from ballet to classical performances, gigs and theatre and is Wellington's home of comedy.


Cuba Precinct


111 - 113 Manners Street
Te Aro


Wheelchair access only available for the Stalls

This magnificent 100-year-old venue can host a variety of events, from ballet and classical performances to theatre, and is Wellington’s home of comedy. The theatre's stage is a unique choice for formal dinners and programme launches.

The Opera House auditorium boasts spectacular original features including a proscenium arch, domed ceiling and raked stage — with a lavish interior, The Opera House is an unforgettable venue for any event.

Book the Dress Circle Foyer for intimate entertaining. Your guests will ascend The Opera House’s marble staircase to the stunning first floor space, with its hand-painted La Scala inspired ceilings opening to an intimate balcony overlooking Te Aro Park.

Only a short walk from Courtenay Place and Cuba Street, The Opera House offers something special for events in the heart of Wellington.

Please note, as an historic theatre, there is no lift to the Gallery and Dress Circle; wheelchair access is only available for the Stalls. 


The three-tier auditorium and stage evoke a spectacular sense of occasion. The domed ceiling’s excellent acoustics enhance any show in this much-loved venue, whether comedy, opera or classical performance.

The stunning architecture, lit with soft ambient lighting, creates an atmosphere of intrigue and delight.

Put the spotlight on keynote speakers for conferences or product launches — seating 1,381, The Opera House offers direct sightlines for everyone in the audience.

Or, create a dramatic setting for your awards presentation or gala dinner by hosting directly on the spacious stage of The Opera House. At 400mthe stage comfortably accommodates 130 diners with room for additional staging, dance floor and live musical entertainment.

Dress Circle Foyer

Located on the Opera House's first floor, the Dress Circle Foyer offers additional open space for events in the auditorium, and can also play host to smaller events. Climb The Opera House’s original marble staircase to discover the Dress Circle Foyer’s classically-inspired sculpted plaster ceilings, which add instant charm to any performance.

An open-air balcony overlooking the bustling Dixon Street and Te Aro Park makes for charming summertime entertaining.

Adjoining the Dress Circle Foyer is the Balcony Suite, a private setting suitable for board meetings or hosting before and after shows.

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Layout and capacity



Dress Circle Foyer

Floor Area (m²) - 89
Stage area (m²) 400 -
Theatre 1381 80
Performance 1381 | seated -
Classroom - 60
Cocktail 130 | onstage 120
Banquet 130 | onstage 50

Let's talk about The Opera House

This warm and wonderful performance space plays host to a variety of Wellington's most desired shows and events.

If you'd like to know more on venue options or organise a visit to view please email the Venues Wellington Sales Team.

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