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Whanganui is an ideal location for conferences and business events. An accessible location, affordability, unique venues and a welcoming culture make business events and conferences an unforgettable experience for both delegates and organisers.

Value for Money

Business events held in Whanganui benefit from a relatively low cost per delegate thanks to affordable venue hire and services. Budgets stretch here, meaning you won’t need to compromise on any aspect of your event.

Getting Here

Whanganui is within a few hours’ drive of many North Island cities and serviced by daily flights to Auckland Airport. In addition to the scheduled flights, Air Chathams flights can be chartered through from most major cities in New Zealand. Charter aircraft have a seating capacity of 18 to 50 passengers.


Minutes drive from CBD to Airport


1 Hour Flight to Auckland


Flights to Auckland per week


Two and a half hour drive to Wellington

Getting Around

Whanganui is a compact city, with many venues, accommodation and attractions within walking distance of each other. Delegates love the ease and freedom of getting around without a car and the time saved in transit means more activities can be packed into a day. For destinations further afield, taxis and charter buses or vans are available.


Whanganui’s venues are flexible and can accommodate groups up to 1,300. A rich historical legacy has left Whanganui with a collection of unique heritage venues, many of which come with interesting and inspiring stories. Organisers are often able to incorporate these narratives into the story of their own organisation or conference, giving a special sense of meaning to the event.

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Whanganui has a wide range of friendly and flexible vendors who will take care of all your needs, including accommodation, catering, photography and transportation. Vendors in our tight-knit community are used to working together and you’ll find that their open communication and coordination ensures your event run smoothly.


Whanganui has a distinct and unique identity, with excellent opportunities available to connect visitors to our history, arts and nature. Every group can find wrap-around or team-building activities that appeal to them, from Māori cultural tours, riverboat rides, glassblowing workshops and nature walks.


It’s no secret that Whanganui is a great place to host outdoors: we’re home to a number of major sporting events like the New Zealand Masters Games and the Whanganui Cricket Festival. Our temperate climate and excellent outdoor venues allow organisers to plan memorable events and activities outside.


Planning a successful business event or conference requires local knowledge and coordination across vendors. Advice and logistical support is available free of charge to anyone planning an event in Whanganui. Just get in touch with our events team and we’ll help make sure your event is one to remember.

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Regions Around Whanganui

Centrally located in the North Island of New Zealand, Whanganui is within a 3 hour drive to Taupo, Tongariro National Park and Wellington (capital city); and is one flight from Auckland.



The Whanganui Airport offers quick and easy daily flights to Auckland with Air Chathams