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Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to Whirinaku Whare Taonga, a vibrant arts centre featuring art, culture, history and events.

We are home to the Gillies Group Theatre, Professionals Recreation Hall, Golden Homes Gallery, Mitre 10 Mega Create Gallery, Gillies Gallery, Heretaunga Rotary Gallery and Dough Bakery.

What does the venue say?

Wheelchair Seating in the Gillies Group Theatre: We have two seats available with wheelchair access, these must be requested when making your bookings with us. A lift is available between the ground floor foyer and Gillies Group Theatre which his located on level two.

Accessible Toilets: Two unisex accessible toilets are located on the ground floor of the Rotary Foyer. An accessible toilet and shower is available for performers at stage level back of house.

Hearing Loop: We have a hearing loop operating in the theatre for the hearing impaired, please advise a staff member if you are experiencing any difficulty.

Guide Dogs: Official guide dogs are welcome throughout the facility.

Accessible Parking: The closest accessible carparks are located 50 metres along Fergusson Drive in front of the library. Further accessible carparks are available in the main rear carpark in front of the aquatic centre.

Please be aware that at this stage there is a curb to be navigated at the drop off bay in front of the Council administration building 20 metres from Whirinaki Whare Taonga's front entrance.

If you have any requirements you think we should be aware of or have any questions that are not answered above please contact us on ph 04 527 2168 for assistance.


  • Arts and culture

Accessible features

  • Ramps
  • Accessible walkways
  • Mobility parking
  • Audio equipment

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