Locations

Click on any of the locations to discover more about our rainbow history.


The Balcony

The BalconyWe begin the walk tour at Carmen Rupe's Le Balcon - a cabaret nightclub on the corner of...

Tags: 1970s, cabaret, drag, entertainment, transgender, video online...

Published: January 2016

Civic Square

Civic SquareCivic Square has been the location for a number of large rainbow gatherings, particularly Out in the Square...

Tags: 2010s, civic square (wellington), marriage equality, video online, walk tour, ...

Published: January 2016

City Gallery

City GalleryIn 1995 the gallery hosted a controversial retrospective of US photographer Robert Mapplethorpe which was seen by 45000...

Tags: 1980s, church, homosexual law reform, library, meetings, video online...

Published: January 2016

Wellington Town Hall

Wellington Town HallThe Town Hall has hosted numerous artistic, political and celebratory events to do with rainbow communities. In 2011...

Tags: 1980s, activism, homosexual law reform, lesbian, meetings, video online...

Published: January 2016

Circa Theatre (Harris Street)

Circa Theatre (Harris Street)The corner of Harris Street and Jervois Quay is the former location of Circa Theatre. The Topp...

Tags: 1980s, circa theatre (wellington), performance, theatre, walk tour, walking...

Published: January 2016

Harris Street

Harris StreetOn a night in July 1975 a police officer questioned MP Colin Moyle who was lingering around a...

Tags: 1970s, cruising, member of parliament, politics, public toilet, video online...

Published: January 2016

Frank Kitts Park Lagoon

Frank Kitts Park LagoonIn the 1990s the lagoon was the site for Beacons of Hope - a memorial ceremony for those...

Tags: 1990s, aotearoa new zealand, frank kitts park lagoon (wellington), hiv aids, m...

Published: January 2016

Waterfront parade route

Waterfront parade routeThe waterfront parade route has seen a number of rainbow related parades, including the Love Parade in 2016...

Tags: 2010s, aotearoa new zealand, parade, video online, walk tour, walking...

Published: January 2016

Circa Theatre

Circa TheatreIn 2014 the production Rita and Douglas was performed here by Jennifer Ward-Lealand and pianist Michael Houstoun. It...

Tags: 1910s, gay, lesbian, relationships, video online, walk tour...

Published: January 2016

Te Papa

Te PapaThe Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa holds numerous rainbow-related taonga (treasures) including the New Zealand AIDS...

Tags: 1990s, homosexual law reform, museums, taonga, video online, walk tour...

Published: January 2016

Overseas Passenger Terminal

Overseas Passenger TerminalThe terminal was the site of the first Devotion dance party in December 1991. Like Hero in...

Tags: 1990s, dance party, hiv aids, video online, walk tour, walking...

Published: January 2016

Waitangi Park

Waitangi ParkThe inaugural Out in the Park will be held here in 2016. The celebration grew out of the...

Tags: 2010s, homosexual law reform, human rights, member of parliament, transgender...

Published: January 2016

Bats Theatre

Bats TheatreBats Theatre has seen a variety of rainbow related productions including Confessions of a Drag Queen, Corner 4am...

Tags: 1990s, 2010s, crime, hate crime, murder, video online...

Published: January 2016

Taj Mahal Toilet

Taj Mahal ToiletThe public toilet opened in 1929 and was part of the regular beat [for anonymous sex]. The site...

Tags: 1970s, anonymous sex, crime, cruising, gay, video online...

Published: January 2016

Downstage Theatre

Downstage TheatreDownstage Theatre has seen many rainbow related performances including Angels in America, Shopping and F**king, Boys in the...

Tags: 2010s, gay, theatre, video online, walk tour, walking...

Published: January 2016

Paramount Theatre

Paramount TheatreThe Paramount has hosted the (mostly) annual OutTakes: A Reel Queer Film Festival since the mid 1990s. In...

Tags: 2010s, film, internet, lesbian, stereotypes, video online...

Published: January 2016

Photospace Gallery

Photospace GalleryPhotospace Gallery has exhibited a number of rainbow artists including photographers Mark Beehre and Jac Lynch. In 2015...

Tags: 2010s, arts, butch, butch femme, femme, video online...

Published: January 2016

Body Positive Drop-in Centre

Body Positive Drop-in CentreBody Positive, a peer support organisation for people living with HIV AIDS, established a Wellington drop-in centre on...

Tags: 1980s, 2010s, health, hiv aids, peer support, video online...

Published: January 2016

St James Theatre

St James TheatreThe Topp Twins, Douglas Wright, Michael Parmenter have all performed at the St. James. The theatre is also...

Tags: 1980s, 1990s, dance, grief, hiv aids, video online...

Published: January 2016

Courtenay Place Mens Toilet

Courtenay Place Mens ToiletBuilt in 1911, the underground public toilet was part of the regular beat [for anonymous sex]. The...

Tags: 1970s, anonymous sex, arrest, crime, gay, video online...

Published: January 2016

Te Aro Park

Te Aro ParkThe park has been the gathering point for many rallies and protests. In the mid-1980s it was the...

Tags: 1980s, activism, homosexual law reform, lesbian, queer, video online...

Published: January 2016

The Opera House

The Opera HouseAlley - Jack Body's opera about Rewi Alley premiered at the Opera House in 1998. The theatre has...

Tags: 1990s, arts, drag, gay, makeup, video online...

Published: January 2016

Lower Cuba Street

Lower Cuba StreetLower Cuba Street has seen a number of rainbow-related events. In the mid-1980s there was a pro-homosexual law...

Tags: 2000s, 2010s, acceptance, family, lesbian, video online...

Published: January 2016

Michael Fowler Centre

Michael Fowler CentreThe Michael Fowler centre is our last tour location. It is the home venue of the New...

Tags: 1970s, 2010s, composition, gay, transgender, video online...

Published: January 2016