Te Whaea is New Zealand’s National Dance and Drama Centre,
home to Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and New Zealand School of Dance
Te Whaea is a vibrant tertiary campus providing a nurturing environment for generations of New Zealanders to strive for excellence in the performing arts. It is also a high performance community hub that is a vital part of New Zealand's creative and cultural capital.
Hundreds of Wellingtonians take part in a myriad of cultural and sporting pursuits here every week. They include dancers of all genres, through to martial arts enthusiasts, classical musicians and more. Each year Te Whaea welcomes over 60 community groups whose members meet, rehearse and perform in its studios and theatres that are well suited to their various needs.
Te Whaea also hosts corporate events and has spaces suitable both for meetings and conferences.
As a landmark situated at the southern end of Wellington's creative corridor, it is a building that has been well known to generations of Wellingtonians in its changing guises over the years.
Te Whaea's wider complex now includes facilities such as The Circus Hub, Capital Gym Sports, Wellington Indoor Sports and Te Whaea Artificial Turf.
Te Whaea is a charitable trust working closely with the Wellington City Council to support a shared commitment to community and world-class arts and culture in the city.
Te Whaea – meaning The Mother in Te Reo Maori – is a high-performance cultural and sporting hub that welcomes everyone from the community, and facilitates world-class creative connections.
As a vibrant and welcoming tertiary campus, at Te Whaea you’ll rub shoulders with professional actors, dancers, directors, producers, designers, costumiers, and more – people with a passion for excellence in the arts.
Our facilities include fantastic natural light, sprung floors, mirrors, excellent acoustics, six-metre-high ceilings and a wide variety of spaces for every type of performance, meeting or event.
Just ten minutes from Wellington’s CBD, we have over 200 car parks on-site and a bus stop right outside our doors.