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The Whale Rider - Live On Stage

The Whale Rider - Live On Stage


  • Sat 24 Sep, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Mon 26 Sep, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Mon 26 Sep, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Tue 27 Sep, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Tue 27 Sep, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Wed 28 Sep, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Wed 28 Sep, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Thu 29 Sep, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Thu 29 Sep, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Fri 30 Sep, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Fri 30 Sep, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Sat 1 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Sat 1 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Mon 3 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Mon 3 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Tue 4 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Tue 4 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Wed 5 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Wed 5 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Thu 6 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Thu 6 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Fri 7 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Fri 7 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Sat 8 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Sat 8 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Mon 10 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Mon 10 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Tue 11 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Tue 11 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Wed 12 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Wed 12 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Thu 13 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Thu 13 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Fri 14 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Fri 14 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Sat 15 Oct, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Sat 15 Oct, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
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The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird Discount Days -1pm shows on Sat 1, Mon 3, Tues 4, Wed 5 Oct: $22.50
  • Individual ticket (adult or child): $32.00
  • Gala performance: $45.00
  • Senior Citizen: $28.50
  • Companion for disabled patron: $21.50
  • Family Pass (4 tickets): $114.50
  • Additional Family Pass seats (each): $28.50
  • Group 10+: $27.00
  • Group 20+: $26.00
  • Group 50+: $21.50
  • School Holiday Programmes: $15.00
  • Schools or ECCs (50-90 seats): $13.00
  • Schools or ECCs (20-49 seats): $15.00
  • Schools or ECCs (10-19 seats): $27.00
  • Free teacher ticket - 1 ticket per 10 students: $0.00
  • Access ticket for disabled patron: $21.50
  • Buy Tickets – 09 489 8360

by Witi Ihimaera
adapted for the stage by Tim Bray

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

A modern classic of Aotearoa

We a thrilled to bring Witi Ihimaera’s classic story 'The Whale Rider' back to the stage in a compelling children’s theatre show. This beautifully rich story of whānau and tikanga is masterfully translated into a live performance that will absorb the viewer, from start to end. Hailed the ‘most intelligent Tim Bray production’ in 2014 by KickArts, this is a poignant tale of forging paths and self-belief and a 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 everything.

(The Whale Rider was performed at Capital E National Arts Festival in Wellington in 2017 and at the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) World Congress in 2016)

“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

See our website for accessible performance information, discounted access tickets for disabled patrons, and accessibility resources:

NZSL Interpreted:
Sat 24 September 5:00pm (Gala)
Wed 28 September 10:30am + Deaf Touch Tour 9:30am
Sat 15 October 10:30am

Audio Described:
Tues 27 September 1:00pm + Touch Tour 12:00pm
Sat 15 October 1:00pm + Touch Tour 12:00pm

Sensory Relaxed:
Mon 10 October 10:30am

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: Saturdays and school holiday 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

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