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…!
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Quartz Museum – Museum of NZ Studio Potters
This exhibition of New Zealand studio potters ‘Teapots’ currently on show at Rick Rudd’s Quartz Museum in Whanganui. This diverse array of teapots has been amassed by Lindsay Garmson over a long period beginning at ...Read more
NZ Trio: CANCELLED
Prince Edward Auditorium
Chamber Music Wanganui Subscription Series - Concert 3 - in association with CMNZ NZTrio – violin, cello & piano. Described as a ‘national treasure’, the NZTrio have recently appointed two very accomplished ...Read more
One-Day Calligraphy Workshop: Copperplate 1 (Next Level): CANCELLED
Copperplate writing is what many believe to be “beautiful or fancy writing” which of course it is! It is a beautiful and elegant script and its uses are many. Invitations, cards, prose, quotations, names and the ...Read more
Glass Art Workshops Sundays 2020: Introduction to Kiln Glass
The Glass Factory
Glass artist David Traub is holding his Sunday workshops in 2020: Introduction to Kiln Glass. Programme content: - David will demonstrate the basics of fusing, slumping, using coloured glass pieces, powders and frits ...Read more
Lucien Johnson Quartet
Royal Wanganui Opera House
Chamber Music Wanganui Subscription Series - Bonus Concert. Lucien Johnson is an award-winning musician who has been described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare excellence and mettle” (Wellington Jazz ...Read more
Ben Hurley: Straight-out-of-lockdown Tour
Lucky Bar + Kitchen
Ben Hurley’s Straight-out-of-lockdown Tour Bringing NZ’s live entertainment venues back! Book your bubble for the comeback of the century for comedy at The Lucky Bar, The Lucky Bar is one of New Zealand's ...Read more
Michael Hill International Competition Winner - Anna Im
Whanganui War Memorial Centre
This concert is sponsored by Belton Smith & Associates Ltd. Winner of the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition Anna Im and beloved New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge come together for a concert of ...Read more
Waste Free Parenting Workshop
St Pauls Church Lounge
Attend Kate Meads' longest-running and most popular workshop to become inspired and entertained about ways you can minimize waste in your home whilst babies are around! What else? You will receive a gift pack full of ...Read more
Leaving Jackson - The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show
Royal Wanganui Opera House
Fall into the ring of fire in this unforgettable music concert dedicated to the music, love and lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the ...Read more
Rangitikei Farmstay Woolshed
MOVE YOUR BODY, SHIFT YOUR MIND 2020 will go down in history as being remarkable for many reasons, as we have all had to endure the implications of a global pandemic. We have all spent time in bubbles, self-isolation ...Read more
Wool on Wheels Pop Up - Whanganui
Garney Spooner Wool Shop
Wool on Wheels is coming to Whanganui! If you love indie-dyed yarn then you do not want to miss this. All the variety of a major yarn festival is packed into a van and brought to you. - see the colours in real ...Read more
Friends! The Musical Parody
Royal Wanganui Opera House
So, no one told you life was gonna be this way, nor did they tell you about the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons one of TV’s all-time greatest shows in the hit New York and Las Vegas show Friends! The ...Read more