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…!
Adam McGrath - Ragged Ramble Tour
Whanganui Musicians Club
Adam McGrath, Lead singer and songwriter from mythical mongrel Christchurch folk/country band The Eastern, returns again to the state highways and byways of these long isles as part of his Autumn 'Ragged Ramble' ...Read more
Open Day: Pauline Allomes
Following on from the success of ' Artist Open Studios Whanganui, I intend to be open to the public the last Saturday in the month, each and every month throughout the year. You can't miss me the cute cottage with the ...Read more
Whanganui Celebrates International Jazz Day
Prince Edward Auditorium
Gala Concert with the Rodger Fox All-stars featuring: Rodger Fox - Trombone Erna Ferry - Vocals Manny Abrahams - Vocals Brian Smith - Saxophone Lance Philip - Drums Chris Beernick - Bass Daniel Hayles - ...Read more
Waste Free Parenting Workshop - With Kate Meads
St Pauls Church Lounge
Attend Kate Mead’s 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 free pack full ...Read more
Meditations to Improve Relationships
Whanganui Arts @ the Centre
“If we are skillful friends can become like treasure chests from whom we can obtain the precious wealth of love, compassion and patience.” - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso How often do relationships affect our state of ...Read more
Castlecliff Library Opening
The Rangiora Street Library is a self service library hub stocked & serviced by Whanganui Libraries. It shares a co-space with Cliffy (our beloved massive driftwood sculpture), SBB-Soul,Body,Beauty (new hair salon),The ...Read more
St Johns Club
Dust off your dancin shoes, stack the chairs, Whiskey Mama are back, playin totally live, no backing tracks, loops or programmed gadgeting cheating lines.... oh no... the real deal... Tom petty, the Pretenders, Fleetwood ...Read more
Sea Mouse 'Rattle Your Bones' Tour
Lucky Bar + Kitchen
After 2 years of recording and performing in Wellington, the ferociously energetic band Sea Mouse are taking their hard-hitting, modern blues rock ‘n’ roll to throughout New Zealand over March, April and May 2019 on ...Read more
5Rhythms Workshop Series: Dancing In Our Elements
This is a series of five workshops in which we explore the natural elements and how they live and move in our bodies. As we dance the 5Rhythms, we become more aware of and connected to these elements. We gain a stronger ...Read more
Wanganui Embroiderers' Guild Anniversary Exhibition
Whanganui Arts @ the Centre
In 2018 Wanganui Embroiderers' Guild celebrated its 45th Anniversary. This exhibition shows work done by the current members and includes examples of work done by some of the founding members. Techniques on display ...Read more
The Grand Hotel
Magpies – The Poetry Show is back at The Grand, giving Whanganui poetry that's funny, moving, and a just bit over the top! Featuring Chris Gallavin, Tim Saunders and Rachel Doré, together Celtic-inspired musicians ...Read more
Psychic Surgery with Jeanette Wilson
151 On London Motel
In this two hour show Jeanette works with a team of spirit world doctors and surgeons to remove pain and restriction often within just minutes. It’s a mind opening evening as Jeanette’s guides give insights to the ...Read more