Narukami Taiko 鳴神 太鼓 is a Japanese Drum Team based in the Wellington region and founded in 2014.
Taiko is the creative, powerful, and physically demanding discipline of Japanese ensemble drumming.  Taiko incorporates movement and rhythm using your whole body to create powerful performances that command audiences. Taiko is a lot of fun! The classes are open to beginners and all ages.


 “Our kids really enjoyed learning about Taiko drumming, Jessie was great with teaching them rhythms and the amazing sounds that can come out when you drum together as a team”. - YMCA Wellington 


We offer different classes throughout the week. Classes are for 2 hours a time, courses run for 10 weeks. The course costs $120 and your first pair of bachi/sticks are included.

Sundays Beginners         6:00 - 8:00PM

Mondays Intermediate    7:00 - 9:00PM
Tuesdays Beginner         7:00 - 9:00PM

Thursdays Beginner        6:00 - 7:50pm

        Thursdays Advanced       7:50 - 9:30PM        

Sundays at Aro Valley Community Centre Mondays and Thursdays at Newtown Working Mens Bowling Club

NEW Tuesday class at Petone Central School


Narukami Taiko perform regularly at street festivals, Marathons, Private functions, corporate events, parades, pride events, and many others around the Wellington region. If you are interested in having us perform for you, email us at narukamitaiko@gmail.com to make your next event start with a bang.



Throughout the year, we offer Open Days as tasters for people who have an interest in giving taiko a go. This is a no pressure class for you to learn taiko. Open Days are open to everyone.


Next Open Day

Petone - Saturday October 5th 1:30 - 2:30pm - Petone Central School
Netown - Saturday October 5th 10:30 - 11:30am - Daniell St Hall



At various times of the year, we host taiko workshops. These are day-long classes where you and others will learn a song. These workshops are limited, and you must register.
Check HERE for regular updates.


Taiko ensembles and songs cannot work with only one person. Each member has to put in the same effort and power, combine their movement, and voices, to create and perform, while encouraging everyone to keep the momentum and reach the outcome that captivates everyone. Taiko Team Building presents group challenges that parallel situations in the everyday work environment. Many workers and members of teams have individual voices and opinions and every member is essential to making the team and business work. If you want to make your Taiko session a part of a broader team building event, we recommend Team Building experts 'Thinking Spaces' who will design and deliver a highly effective programme tailored to your needs.