NAU MAI, HAERE MAI, WELCOME TO WHIRINAKI WHARE TAONGA home to the Gillies Group Theatre, Professionals Recreation Hall, Golden Homes Gallery, Mitre 10 Mega Create Gallery, Gillies Gallery, Heretaunga Rotary Gallery and Dough Bakery.


From 3 December Whirinaki Whare Taonga will require all visitors to be fully vaccinated – excluding under 12s who can’t currently be vaccinated, and those with exemptions. Whirinaki Whare Taonga is a multi-purpose public facility which includes five galleries, a 200-seat theatre, a large recreation hall with supporting event spaces, the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre and Dough Bakery, with open access between the various spaces. As such, under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic lights) Vaccine Passes are required for the centre to continue to operate across all its functions. This extends to visitors, contractors, performers and volunteers.

Masks are also required to be worn when moving around the facility. The decision is made in the current environment and based on Local Government guidelines and will be regularly reviewed as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Visitors’ Vaccine Passes will be checked at the main door of Whirinaki, using the My Vaccine Pass process. Visitors to Dough Bakery will also need to use this door. Ticket holders to events that have already purchased tickets and who do not have a Vaccine Pass will be offered refunds and will be contacted by iTicket in the coming days. For future purchases a Vaccine Pass will be a requirement for any purchases online and in person.

What we need you to do when visiting Whirinaki at Alert Level 2:

Wear a mask. You legally must wear a face covering while inside the Centre.

Check in. You are required to check in. You can do this through the NZ COVID Tracer app or manually upon entry.

Maintain physical distancing. You must stay one metre from other people, except for friends and family.

Sanitise. Dispensers are located throughout the Centre, and we’re also cleaning continually.

Follow Covid-19 health measures. Stay home if you’re sick, cover coughs with your elbow, and wash your hands regularly.

Changes to events and ticketed shows. Check for updates on the website and iTICKET will email you with any changes

Kia ora, kia kaha! Stay well Aotearoa and let’s look after each other.