There’s always something on in Whanganui. Our annual events celebrate what makes Whanganui unique, from our rich heritage to our vibrant arts scene to our great sporting achievements. We also have plenty of smaller, niche events on every week, thanks to our vibrant and active community. Check out the listings below.
Cemetery Circuit Street Races
Of international fame and run for the first time in 1951, this event captures the hearts and minds of motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere! Formula 1, BEARS, classics and side cars, international and national legends, this street circuit is one mile long with eight corners, two railway crossings, an over-bridge and blind S’s beside the old Whanganui cemetery. If you have just a sniff of petrolhead in you, you won’t want to miss this. Held every year on Boxing Day (26th December) – one of the top events in Whanganui.
V8 thunder at Shelter View Jet Sprints Park in Whanganui!
The opening round of the NZ Jet Sprint Championships with up to forty boats speeding and slamming around a purpose-built course within a natural amphitheater ensuring you don’t miss out on any of the action! Adrenalin pumping and thrilling! Make sure you don’t miss this night event – the only one in NZ! One of several great motorsport events in Whanganui!
Vintage Weekend Whanganui
If you’re a vintage enthusiast or just yearn for yesteryear you must come to the Vintage Weekend, Whanganui’s premiere heritage event. Spread over three days, during Wellington Anniversary Weekend in January, we guarantee you will be transported to a bygone era! Music abounds at the Caboodle. Dress-ups, markets, bands, food and wine – its a few days of old-time fun and tomfoolery for all! One of the top events in Whanganui.
Whanganui Artists Open Studios
In late March, visit over 60 studios and galleries and over 150 artists studios with outstanding examples in glass, furniture, printmaking, ceramic, jewellery and painting. The trail points you towards local artists and studios nestled along the banks of the serene Whanganui river, or hidden in the hills in a huge old brick kiln. Great art, great prices and great experiences – The best showcase of many art events in Whanganui!
Whanganui Cricket Festival
Established over 10 years ago, the Wanganui Cricket Festival runs for 3 weeks in January for Year’s 5 to 10 with each age group competing for a 4 day period. The event also includes the NZ National Girls Cricket Tournament and competition is of the highest calibre. With traditionally spectacular weather in January the games are held at Victoria Park, Whanganui’s premiere cricket ground. A great time to support your budding cricketer and combine a family holiday!
Masters Games Whanganui
Centered at the Games Village in The War Memorial Centre, this nine-day event comprises more than 55 different sports and 2,400 individual events as well as nightly entertainment. Alternating between Whanganui and Dunedin each year and with offerings for ages 20 and up, the NZ Masters Games attracts competitors not only from all over New Zealand, but also from more than 20 countries internationally. A great time and great place!
Whanganui Opera Week
In support of the residential NZ Opera School held in January every year, young opera singers have the opportunity to develop their abilities with tutors of international standing. Public events include Master Classes, lunchtime and evening recitals and a gala concert. Who knows, you may be lucky enough to hear the next Pavarotti or Dame Kiri…!
Beginners Salsa Classes
Welcome to Salsa for Adults with Rene! Salsa Beginner Course. Yes, these classes are suitable for complete Beginners! Even with 2 left feet! Even for the kiwi blokes! Join the New Zealand Salsa craze! Over the ...Read more
Improvers Salsa Classes
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Beginners Rueda Casino Cuban Salsa Classes
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Not Your Nana's Wallpaper
Whanganui Community Arts Centre
Not your Nana's Wallpaper is an exhibition of large paintings by six Visual Arts students in Year 1 of the UCOL Bachelor of Design and Art. The exhibition features landscape and contemporary Maori art along with the ...Read more
The Māori Sidesteps
Royal Wanganui Opera House
Audiences are in for a night of lively hilarity as The Māori Sidesteps take their crooning showband goodness and satirical skit mayhem on the road this winter. The Māori Sidesteps offer up a fresh take and a ...Read more
Take Back Control - Time Toolbox - 2-Day Workshop: CANCELLED
BNZ Partners Business Centre
Feel like you are running around in your life or business fighting fires, sticking on band-aids or just completing someone else's demands? Me too. Or should I say this was me. With 4 businesses to run, a team of ...Read more
Winter Warmers - Problem Solving With Meditation
Whanganui Arts @ the Centre
Based on the book 'How to Solve our Human Problems'. The Four Noble Truths Buddha long ago pointed out that though humans universally seek happiness it consistently eludes them and though they seek to avoid suffering ...Read more
Intermediate Salsa Classes
Salsa Class for Adults - Intermediate Level. Cost $10 per Class (Cash at the door or buy it online). The course will cover basic steps of salsa as well as lead and follow techniques to begin with, incorporating ...Read more
Psychic Maps & The Fuzzies on Tour
Lucky Bar Whanganui
Psychic Maps and the Fuzzies hit Whanganui for the first time with one time Scuzzbucket The Holy Loner in support. Psychic Maps Bio The Psychic Maps are celebrating ten years of languishing in Dunedin with a short ...Read more
Intermediate Rueda Casino Cuban Salsa Classes
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Intermediate Bachata Classes
Welcome to Bachata for Adults with Rene! Suitable for anyone who has already completed at least one Beginner Bachata Course before. By attending our classes you agree to our Terms and Conditions. Please read them ...Read more
Beginners Bachata Classes
Join our Beginners Bachata Classes - 6 week course. Suitable for complete beginners! By attending our classes you agree to our Terms and Conditions. Please read them carefully. Bachata is one of the core Latin ...Read more