Introduction

The Civic, one of the few remaining Atmospheric Theatres in the world, was built in 1929 and was specifically designed as a 'movie palace' for talking pictures ('talkies'). The first purpose-built cinema of this type in the country, The Civic has become a much-loved Auckland landmark and entertainment venue.

The Civic Theatre underwent an extensive refit in the late 1990s and as a result the venue combines 1920s glamour with modern technology. 

All rooms within The Civic are unique and create a sense of atmosphere and occasion. Additional elements such as the large Indian-themed foyer, sweeping double staircases and extensive circulation space around the ornate bars make The Civic operate extremely well for large events.

The Civic is popular for gala dinners, cocktail parties, awards ceremonies and hostings.

Special conditions apply when booking spaces within The Civic. Please contact us for further information.

Room hire rates now include free Wi-Fi for up to 500 devices.

Read more about our Booking Policy here.

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Rooms

Capacities

Venue / room capacity
theatreTheatre
classroomClassroom
u-shapeU-Shape
cabaretCabaret
Banquet (dancefloor)Banquet
CocktailCocktail
boardroomBoardroom
The Civic
2378
256
320
525
The Civic Auditorium
Size: 1990m²
Ceiling height: 24m
theatreTheatre
2378
classroomClassroom
u-shapeU-Shape
cabaretCabaret
Banquet (dancefloor)Banquet
CocktailCocktail
boardroomBoardroom
Size
1990m²
Ceiling height
24m
Stage
Size:
Ceiling height:
theatreTheatre
classroomClassroom
u-shapeU-Shape
cabaretCabaret
Banquet (dancefloor)Banquet
210
CocktailCocktail
300
boardroomBoardroom
Size
Ceiling height
Wintergarden
Size: 550m²
Ceiling height: 4m
theatreTheatre
428
classroomClassroom
u-shapeU-Shape
cabaretCabaret
256
Banquet (dancefloor)Banquet
320
CocktailCocktail
525
boardroomBoardroom
Size
550m²
Ceiling height
4m
Safari Room
Size: 160m²
Ceiling height: 2.75m
theatreTheatre
70
classroomClassroom
u-shapeU-Shape
cabaretCabaret
64
Banquet (dancefloor)Banquet
80
CocktailCocktail
80
boardroomBoardroom
Size
160m²
Ceiling height
2.75m
Taj Mahal Room
Size: 110m²
Ceiling height: 4m
theatreTheatre
63
classroomClassroom
u-shapeU-Shape
cabaretCabaret
40
Banquet (dancefloor)Banquet
50
CocktailCocktail
70
boardroomBoardroom
Size
110m²
Ceiling height
4m

Location

Location

The Civic is located on the corner of Queen Street and 269-287 Wellesley Street West in Auckland’s CBD. Located in the Aotea Arts Quarter, it is a 15-minute walk or a short bus ride from Britomart Transport Centre, or a 30-minute drive from the Auckland Airport.

 

Getting Here

Plan your public transport journey here, and allow extra travel time for traffic delays due to the City Rail Link project.  The Civic Car Park is the closest car park located off Mayoral Drive and Greys Avenue, where step-free mobility access is available. Check on CBD car park availability using the AT real-time parking app

Parking Map

Accommodation

This venue is located in central Auckland and has a large range of accommodation options in close proximity including Grand Millennium, Heritage Auckland and CityLife Auckland.

Accommodation Map