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Audio-Described Performances and Touch Tours

In each of our three main performance centres, a guided touch tour and one designated performance is audio described for vision-impaired patrons. We intend to offer braille surtitles for all performances.

We prepare a text-only programme for each vision-impaired patron, sent out approximately one week prior to the performance.

Two hours before the designated performance, patrons are invited to join us, on the set, to become familiar with the performance space, set, props and costume elements of the production. The audio description is received, live, via individual headsets enhancing the experience of enjoying the beautiful musical performances being created on stage.

Watch this space for the designated audio-described performance, and preceding guided touch tour dates, timings, and ticket purchase information.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact the NZ Opera Box Office Manager, Julie Bird, at

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There will be a reserved section for our audio description patrons and their companions. For those who require it, companion seating is provided free of charge (one companion for each vision-impaired patron).

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Audio Described Tours

If you are vision-impaired and have purchased a ticket to one of our performances, we invite you to join one of our audio-described tours (a narrated commentary for blind and low-vision patrons) held two hours prior to the performance. Please register your interest with our team at when purchasing your ticket. Don’t forget you can bring a companion along to join you at no additional cost.  

Accessibility and Wheelchair Tickets

Our opera is accessible for all, so our audio-described and vision-impaired patrons and those that require wheelchair access are welcome to invite a companion to join them during the performance at no additional cost – with a free companion seat with every ticket.

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Touch Tours

Join us before the performance for a guided touch tour of the set pieces, costumes and props.

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Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are welcome.