The Town Hall
Interior of the Town Hall
Worker doing building work on The Town Hall
Town Hall interior
Workers walking up to the Town Hall

Town Hall
and Music School

In progress

The Wellington Town Hall is receiving a major upgrade and extensive strengthening work. When redevelopment is complete, this beloved Category 1 heritage listed building will look similar, but will have modern, improved services beneath the surface.

The new Town Hall will be a world-class musical and recording venue, a base for civic and community events and part of a centre of musical excellence for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī.

Since being deemed earthquake prone in 2013, the Town Hall has been closed to the public. We’ve been reconstructing and redeveloping the building since 2019, to make it resilient and meet current earthquake standards. It is expected to reopen in early 2027.

Ngā Paearu e kainamu mai ana
Upcoming Milestones

Early 2024

  • Façade refurbishment commences.
  • Interior fit out commences in back of house areas including the Green Room.

Mid 2024

  • Interior fit out commences in the Debating Chamber and corridors.
  • New basement under auditorium – concrete slabs poured.

Late 2024

  • Auditorium ceiling complete including pressed metal reinstatement and painting.
  • Heritage Bluestone reinstated on exterior façade.
  • Media and Councillors tour to show completed areas.