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.
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 four 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 – it’s 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 three weeks in January for Years 5 to 10 with each age groups competing for a four-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!
V8 thunder at Shelter View Jet Sprints Park in Whanganui!
The fourth 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 March 21st event – the last round in the series! One of several great motorsport events in Whanganui!
Mark Lockett Quartet
Whanganui Musicians Club
You can’t refute that powerhouse drummer/composer and bandleader Mark Lockett loves the music of iconic jazz innovator/saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Having included a number of Coleman tunes on Locketts CDs it no ...Read more
Cruising at 11
Enjoy river travel as it used to be as you listen to stories, take in the beautiful scenery, send a message with the homing pigeons and visit the engine room during this unique and authentic cruise aboard our Paddle ...Read more
Whanganui Pride Party 2021
Stellar Restaurant and Bar
RESCHEDULED! 6pm doors open, 7pm performers start! Pride Party is back ooon! Performers, music, dancing, costumes! You know it's good, so let's get it on and lets PAAAARTEEE!! Hosted again by the fabulous Miss ...Read more
Whanganui Pride Walk 2021
River Traders Market
Rescheduled! Pride Walk is a family-friendly event for all to come together and support the Whanganui LGBTQIA+ community. This walk signifies a few things. We walk as a mark of respect for those who are no longer with ...Read more
The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace
Royal Wanganui Opera House
Schola Sacra Choir is staging a very important and exciting concert project at the Royal Wanganui Opera House at Anzac weekend. The choir will join with the Lyric Singers and Wanganui Male Choir, and the combined choirs ...Read more
ANZAC Day Cruise
Board the Waimarie and take a 2 hour cruise while taking in the scenery and listening to live commentary focusing on local and national ANZAC history on our special two hour ANZAC Day Cruise. Fully licensed galley ...Read more
Improving Relationships - Meditation Drop In Classes
Whanganui Arts @ the Centre
Improving Relationships – with Birgit Saunders Our quality of life depends a great deal on the kind of interactions we have with others. We rely so much on other people for so many things- for work, goods and ...Read more
Whanganui Celebrates International Jazz Day
Prince Edward Auditorium
Now in its fourth year, the concert celebrates the tradition of jazz music, its influence on contemporary culture and its importance to education. New Zealand Jazz maestro Rodger Fox assembles a dazzling group of jazz ...Read more
Prince Edward Auditorium
Rotary Club of Wanganui North Israel Adesanya Israel's local fans will have a rare opportunity to see him being interviewed by Mike Angove at the Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School on May ...Read more
UnderCover have a great variety of 80s Rock & Pop, New Wave 90s and 00s covers for you and can accommodate large or small events. Check them out live playing locally near you and on Facebook UnderCoverNZD. Queen, Billy ...Read more
Gonville Café Library
Reading Buddies is the Monday after school activity of the Gonville Fun Club. It is a community reading programme that pairs readers of different levels so they can read together and help each other out, while fostering ...Read more
Gonville Café Library
Minecraft Whanganui is the Tuesday afterschool activity of the Gonville Fun Club. All sessions are in creative mode. We have 8 tablets available but these need to be booked beforehand. If you bring your own device, ...Read more
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.