Theatre / Ballet / Opera / Music

New Zealand has 7 professional theatres, the oldest Wellington’s Downstage. Our National Ballet Company is based in Wellington but regularly tours the country. The NBR Opera is based in Auckland but also holds performance seasons in Wellington during the year. Whether your bent is classical or contemporary you will find something to tempt your musical palate in New Zealand. We are fortunate to have excellent orchestras in our main centres and a touring Symphony Orchestra.

You’ll find interesting contemporary music in many venues, especially popular are outdoor festivals over the summer months.

Otago / Deep South

Auckland Region

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

From its founding in 1980, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has established itself as a valued cultural asset for the Auckland region and is the city’s only resident full-time, professional symphony orchestra.

Auckland Theatre Company

Established in 1992, is Auckland's premier professional theatre company and one of the leading theatre companies in New Zealand

NBR New Zealand Opera is New Zealand's largest professional opera company. The company was formed in 2000 when the Wellington City Opera and Auckland Opera companies decided to merge.


The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), founded in 1946, is the national orchestra of New Zealand, while based in Wellington the orchestra tours extensively.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is a company of 32 dynamic dancers, performing an eclectic repertoire of outstanding dance.

Downstage is New Zealand's longest running professional theatre. An intimate theatre which seats approximately 250 people

Circa’s New Zealand-wide reputation for excellence is built on over 30 years of professional experience.

Bats, described as ‘the home of New Zealand new theatre’ Bats is a small theatre in the heart of the entertainment precinct.


Court Theatre (Christchurch) Relocated due to earthquake damage the Court Theatre Company is undaunted, performing in ‘The Shed’ and fundraising for new premises.

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Over the past fifty years the orchestra has grown to establish itself as a cultural asset to Christchurch and the wider communities of the South Island of New Zealand.

Otago / Deep South

Fortune Theartre (Dunedin) the world's southernmost professional theatre company and is the sole professional theatre group in Dunedin. The building is registered as a category I historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, which recognises its historic and architectural significance.

The Southern Sinfonia is Dunedin's only professional orchestra, and one of four regional orchestras in New Zealand's largest cities funded by Creative New Zealand.


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