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Events In Whanganui

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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Anyone for Tea?

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Mudder

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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