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
Self Care - A Four Week Meditation Course
Whanganui Community Arts Centre
Self-care: A four week course in meditations to enhance confidence, compassion and self-protection with Dale Pryme and Marion Taylor. We live in a very uncertain world where life can change suddenly and without ...Read more
Modern Buddhism Series - Meditations for Modern Life
Whanganui Arts @ the Centre
Modern Buddhism Series with Birgit Saunders. "The instructions in this book are scientific methods for improving our human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of our mind." - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, ...Read more
UnderCover Party Band: CANCELLED
Its Good Friday which means a good time at Castlecliff Club. Whether you let the Good Times Roll or prefer the disco version we got both! Plus much more rock and pop to dance all night long too. Bowie, Bon Jovi, ...Read more
UnderCover Party Band: CANCELLED
Under Cover party band wanna rock you at Barracks Bar. We'll pull out all our best dance tunes because we know you can dance and sing at the same time! Bowie, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Pink, No Doubt, DNCE, Lenny ...Read more
Easter Bunny Cruise - Cancelled: CANCELLED
Update: Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus our sailing season has ended as of today - 23 March 2020. The paddle steamer will not be operating again until next season starting October 2020. The Riverboat ...Read more
Princess and Pirate Cruise - Cancelled: CANCELLED
Update: Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus our sailing season has ended as of today - 23 March 2020. The paddle steamer will not be operating again until next season starting October 2020. The Riverboat ...Read more
Whanganui Rock and Mineral Club Show: CANCELLED
Wanganui City College
Update: Event cancelled due to COVID-19 Whanganui Rock and Mineral Club is delighted to announce their 2020 show. A beautiful selection of crystals, minerals, & rock specimens will be available for sale. There ...Read more
The Piano Trilogy: John Chen: CANCELLED
Whanganui War Memorial Centre
Sadly this 2nd concert of The Piano Trilogy is cancelled due to the COVID19 restrictions. New Zealand pianist John Chen launched his career by winning the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition, where he also ...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
WCS April Dance Festival 2020
Royal Wanganui Opera House
The Wanganui Competitions Society Inc is proud to present its annual April Dancing Festival for 2020, held at the Royal Wanganui Opera House. Established in 1912, the WCS hosts competitiors from Wanganui, and around ...Read more
NZ National Permaculture Hui 2020: CANCELLED
Te Ao Hou Marae
Please email us if you need to talk. email@example.com Our theme for this event is Sustaining Ourselves In These Times Of Change. How can people, organisations, and society respond to the fundamental ...Read more