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The Whale Rider- live on stage

The Whale Rider- live on stage


  • Wed 19 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Thu 20 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Thu 20 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Fri 21 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Fri 21 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Sat 22 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Sat 22 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm


BNZ Theatre at Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau City


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Individual Ticket (adult or child): $22.01
  • Senior Citizen: $19.45
  • Family Pass (4 seats) : $80.40
  • Additional Family Pass seats (each): $20.48
  • Schools or ECCs groups of 20+ tickets (Each): $11.28
  • Companion Ticket : $19.45
  • Access ticket for Deaf patron: $19.45
  • Access ticket for disabled patron: $19.45
  • Early Bird Discount Days: $19.45
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  • Additional fees may apply

by Witi Ihimaera
adapted for the stage by Tim Bray

Performed at Capital E Festival in Wellington in 2017 and at the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) World Congress in 2016

Created for ages 3-10
Show run time: approx. 50-60 minutes, no interval

A modern classic for Aotearoa.

We are thrilled to bring Witi Ihimaera’s classic story 'The Whale Rider' back to the stage in a children’s theatre show unmatched. This beautifully rich story of whānau and tikanga is masterfully translated into a live performance that will absorb the viewer, from start to end. A poignant tale of forging paths and self-belief, this is the show all children need to see.

Destined to become leader of her tribe, no matter how hard she tries to show her worth, Kahu’s koro (grandfather) won’t accept that a kōtiro (girl) can take over his role of chief. But a rescue of the ancient whale beached in the Whāngārā Harbour, changes things.

Hailed the ‘most intelligent Tim Bray production’ in 2014 by KickArts

“Poignant, thought provoking and important” - Jo Hodgson, Theatreview

“...what I’ve asserted in many a previous Tim Bray Production review, that the level of engagement their plays generate with the target audience is testament to the intelligence and the soul of our kids. The Whale Rider is a modern classic.” - Nik Smythe, Theatreview

“Tim’s proposal is ingenious and accessible to children. I am confident that the outcome will be a production that will captivate its young audiences and, especially, inspire them to always keep looking forward with optimism to their own futures as adults in a challenging world.” author, Witi Ihimaera

NZSL Interpreted performances: 19 and 22 October at 10:30am. Discounted tickets available for Deaf and disabled patrons.

Costume Parade: Dress up in character! We love to see imaginations running wild and encourage our young audience to dress up as their favourite Whale Rider characters. We will show off the costumes onstage with a parade at the start of the performance (Note: Saturday shows only).

When you make your booking you may like to donate to Gift a Seat™. Gift a Seat™ allows Tim Bray Theatre Company to offer free seats to a child from a low decile school, Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ) or Make-A-Wish (NZ).

Gift a Seat™ - where you can make a difference to children by letting them experience the joys of live theatre.

Photo Credit: Noa Campbell in 'The Whale Rider' (2014)
Photo by David Rowland /

Auckland’s leading theatre for children.

Awarded the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2020

Service fees apply.
For wheelchair bookings please call 0800 BUYTIX hotline (wheelchair bookings are not available online).

Entrance: Enter through Main Gate next to The Ramada Hotel
Parking: Northern Carpark. Pay By Plate $4.00 for the first hour and 0.50 cents per hour thereafter. Payment via the Inugo app, available for download via the App or Google Play store

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