Your one stop guide to ASB Waterfront Theatre

23 September 2016 / Published in Your Community

Whether you are attending a show in the new ASB Waterfront Theatre or meeting friends for lunch at the onsite café, here’s all the info you need to know beforehand.

Getting there

The ASB Waterfront Theatre is located at 138 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter, adjacent to the ASB North Wharf Building.

Street parking is limited around Wynyard Quarter so consider using public transport. You can plan your journey here.

If you are bringing a car, Auckland Transport parking is available at the Jellicoe St car park (C - Wynyard Quarter), Downtown car park (A - CBD) and Fanshawe St car park (B - Viaduct Harbour).

The Theatre


In the ASB Waterfront Theatre there are 668 seats, although the number may vary depending on the performance.

Wheelchair seating and access

There are four wheelchair seats, and access is via the lift in the main entrance. Additionally there are 20 ‘easy access’ seats which have no stairs, and a hearing loop.


The ASB Waterfront Theatre Café is open daily for breakfast and lunch, coffee and snacks from 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends. Explore the theatre, soak up the sunshine by the wall-sized windows, and watch the world go by. 

Try their sandwiches, salads and sweet treats, made on-site by chef Kristin.

Kristin is currently working on her new menu, including hot breakfasts and some tasty lunchtime treats. Keep an eye on the ASB Waterfront Theatre website for details.

Their friendly barista Steven claims to make the best coffee in Wynyard Quarter. Also available are juices, smoothies and sparkling drinks, and they’re fully licensed if you’re thirsty for a beer or wine.

Villa Maria Estate is the exclusive wine provider for the ASB Waterfront Theatre. During show season, there is a pre-show menu available for 2 hours prior to every show. You can pre-order drinks or desserts to enjoy at interval, or simply take your drinks into the theatre with you.

Plus Instagramming won’t be a problem using the café free Wi-Fi!


There are ASB ATMs located right next door in the ASB North Wharf branch on the corner of Jellicoe St and Halsey St. For a list of other ASB branches and ATMs, search here

Art Installations

The ASB Waterfront Theatre is also the new home of two major site specific new public artworks commissioned especially for the theatre.

The first is an installation by one of the world’s foremost light artists, New York’s Leo Villareal. Commissioned by Edmiston Trust, Light Matrix is made up of 8,400 LED lights and shines over Halsey St.

Internationally renowned, he has pioneered the use of light-emitting LEDs and computer-driven imagery to create significant light sculptures and site-specific architectural works. Villareal is regarded as one of the most prominent light sculptors of his generation. This is Villareal’s first major public commission in the Pacific.

The second is a carved pou by New Zealand artist, Professor Robert Jahnke, titled Pou Whakamaharatanga mo Maui tikitiki a Taranga. Standing 6.4m tall, the pou towers over the Logan Campbell Yard. Jahnke, who was commissioned by Waterfront Theatre Ltd, based the pou on the Maui tikitiki a Taranga narratives. It is made from corten steel and laminated totara. It serves as a focal point for powhiri and other ceremonial events at the theatre.

Other artworks include a collection of work by prominent New Zealand visual artists, on loan from the Wallace Arts Trust, in the Villa Maria Gallery, and a dramatic red spiral staircase designed by architect Gordon Moller. Resembling a ribbon, the staircase is a moment of theatrical flair in the southern aspect of the building.

Auckland Theatre Company Box Office

Box office hours: 
Standard Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday; 10am to 3pm Saturday
Show Time Hours: 90 minutes prior to show time.

Phone: 09 309 3395

Email: boxoffice@atc.co.nz

Website: http://www.asbwaterfronttheatre.co.nz/


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