Civic Theatre

Civic Theatre


Listed as Category 1 classification by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the Civic theatre, built in 1906, is a building of national significance. The theatre underwent a $15.8 million upgrade in 2004-2005.  The venue is now a celebrated performing arts and events facility that can seat up to 1015 people.

Parking & Transport 

There are several public car parks (and taxi ranks) within easy walking distance of the Civic Theatre.


It is suggested that if you have difficulty with mobility or if you require a wheelchair space, please advise the council’s booking office staff on purchasing a ticket. Please advise the Council's booking office staff when you are purchasing a ticket. A suitable area and/or seat will be supplied. The information is passed onto theatre staff and ushers will look out for you and assist you to your seat.

The most convenient access to the Civic for people with mobility difficulties is via the East Entrance. A lift is available in the East Entrance lobby if you are seated in the Dress Circle on the first floor. There is no lift to the Gallery level. The Gallery is not recommended for people with mobility difficulties.

Hearing loops are installed in the theatre.


Elegance at 148 on Elles Restaurant 
P: +64 3 216 1000
Intimate dining with unobstructed views of the Sun Setting and Invercargill City Lights. A wonderful place to relax and dine with roaring Open Fire on cooler Winter nights and refreshing Summer Breeze through open windows in warmer times. Large Wine List including a Cellar Selection of aged New Zealand Wines. Seasonal Local Produced are always used where possible.
Elegance at 148 on Elles Restaurant also has an extensive menu including Bluff Oysters, Whitebait, Blue Cod, Southland Beef and Lamb just to name a few. Mon – Sun from 6.00pm

Barluca. Pizza Kitchen and Club
Barluca Pizza Kitchen & Club is Invercargill’s newest venue designed as a casual melting pot. Sit back and relax with a Tiger Lager, award winning New Zealand wine or share one of our eighteen gourmet pizzas followed by the infamous chilli chocolate fondue. The carefully crafted menu and vast beverage selection caters to all tastes. Tues – Sat 5pm – Late

Three Bean Café 
P: +64 3 214 1914
A popular café in the centre of Invercargill. Open for breakfast, lunch and all day coffee and cake. Mon to Fri 7am – 4pm and Sat 8am – 2:30pm


88 Tay Street,

Opening Hours

Opening hours are from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and one hour prior to the beginning of performances. 


P: +64 3 211 1692


Box Office
Tickets can be purchased from the Invercargill City Council's Booking Office which operates from the Civic Administration Building at 101 Esk Street, Invercargill (adjacent to the Civic Theatre). 

TicketDirect accepts Visa and MasterCard. Tickets are either posted or held at the appropriate theatre booking office; you will need identification to pick up the tickets from a booking office.