The Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

The Academy of Performing Arts offers versatile event spaces, including two main performance venues, a spacious foyer for art exhibitions, conferences, and corporate events.

Opened in 2001, the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts is a purpose-built and award-winning performing arts and events centre with a confirmed reputation locally, nationally and internationally for the excellence of its facilities.

The Academy contains two main theatres, two sprung floor dance studios that are frequently used as reception dining and meeting rooms, and a smaller mezzanine level VIP lounge. The Academy also houses a Gallery with a full annual programme of exhibitions and its extensive glass-lined foyers overlook the tree-lined campus lake.

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Book a room

The Academy is available for hire for a full range of arts events, conferences and social functions. To enquire about the availability and cost of hiring any of the Academy rooms, or for any other further information, please complete our enquiry form.

If dates and spaces are available we will forward you confirmation, anticipated costs and a hirers agreement.

Drawings and plans

Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber

Attractive Concert Venue

The Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber is the largest of the Academy’s five main venues. Its high ceiling, beautiful wall panels and wooden floors are designed specifically for acoustic chamber music and it has established a reputation nationally and internationally as one of the most intimate and acoustically satisfying concert halls in New Zealand.

With a capacity of 340 seats, 289 in front of the stage, the Concert Chamber is also an attractive venue for conferences, lectures and other performances.

Playhouse Theatre

Flexible, Multi-Use Venue

The Playhouse Theatre is a flexible, multi-use, flat floor theatre, ideal for a wide range of events including theatre and dance performances, small-scale musical productions, cabaret, live bands, fashion shows, academic and corporate conferences, formal dinners, weddings and business expos.

This venue can accommodate multiple seating configurations including 181 tiered seats (or up to 341 with additional flat floor seating), 180 seats at round tables or 240 seats in banquet style.


Te Whare Tāpere Iti

Floor to Ceiling Windows with Native Bush and Lake Views

Te Whare Tāpere Iti is an open floor studio space with beautiful native bush and lake views through its 5 metre high ceiling-to-floor windows.

The most intimate of the Academy venues it is designed primarily as a dance studio with a sprung floor for Māori performing arts and dance, but also serves as a unique formal dining and cocktail venue, particularly suited to wedding receptions or social functions for up to 150 people (depending on function and venue configuration).

Fully equipped with a theatre lighting rig and PA system it can also host a wide range of public presentations, seminars, meetings and workshops.

Dance Studio

Professional Dance Studio

The Dance Studio is an open studio space with a sprung floor, mirror wall and dance barre. Primarily designed for dance rehearsal it also contains a lighting grid and black curtains on tracks to enable small-scale dance and theatre performances, with a maximum capacity of 120, depending on configuration.

Upstairs Lounge

The Upstairs Lounge is situated on the first floor of the Academy and looks out over the tree-lined University campus lake.

It is an ideal executive venue for a wide range of events such as seminars, workshops, cocktail functions and dinners, and is custom-fitted with its own AV projection, sound system, bar, and kitchen facilities. Capacity varies according to layout, but it accommodates up to 40 for a dinner, and we recommend 50 max for a cocktail-type event.

Lake Stage

120 Seats

The Lake Stage (120 seats) is a spectacular open-air circular stage extending over the university lake with an arc of amphitheatre seating. Situated in front of the Telecom Playhouse it is particularly attractive for use in the summer months and can support theatre, dance and musical performances, as well as private functions and dining.

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