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…!
La Fiesta is New Zealand's coolest little festival showcasing women. Brought to you by the good folk at the Women's Network. Events will be happening all over Whanganui in our tenth year! Visit the official festival ...Read more
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I’ll Tell You This for Nothing: My Mother the War Hero
Amdram Musical Theatre
Irish-born New Zealander, Phyllis JasonSmith, was a QA nurse on the WWII battlefields. Awarded the Legion d’Honneur, her tale of war, courage, romance and danger is brought to life in an acclaimed solo play written and ...Read more
Meditations On Loving Kindness
Whanganui Arts @ the Centre
Meditations On Loving Kindness: Drop in meditation class, everyone welcome, suitable for all levels. This series is based on the books 'The New Eight Steps to Happiness' and 'How to Transform your Life' by Geshe ...Read more
Trei: North island
Frank Bar & Eatery
A night of drum and bass feat Trei, supported by Camco & zippy.Read more
Awesome its on again Pauls road live is a great way to spend your sun arvo... Lots of live music of the highest quality... The Replicants, Whiskey Mama, Dusta, Burn the Bridges from Auckland, Bullfrog Rata and the ...Read more
The Dan Bolton Quartet 2019 New Zealand Tour
Dan Bolton is a singer/songwriter/pianist with a unique sound, honed over the years from his time living in New York City. His songs are 21st Century standards, incorporating elements of jazz, pop and Latin American ...Read more
Seaweek - Castlecliff Beach Sculpture Activity
Celebrating Castlecliff Beach with a Sea Week 2019 family activity. Meet by: Duncan Pavilion Families and children come and create a beach sculpture from beach resources. Fish and chip tea available for gold coin ...Read more
Dr.Reknaw single release
Lucky Bar + Kitchen
Celebrating the release of their first single 'Advocate', the 7 funky soul reggae-dub doctors from Wellies are coming to a north island town near you for a night of tight grooves, catchy original tunes, and removing your ...Read more
Spina & Benignetti Piano Duo
Royal Wanganui Opera House
Eleonora Spina and Michele Benignetti are two compelling, talented young musicians who come from strong and varied backgrounds as soloist and chamber musicians. Their partnership as a piano duo began in 2013 and ...Read more
Whanganui Pride Party
Lucky Bar + Kitchen
Whanganui's first ever Pride Party is happening on March 9th at Lucky Bar on Wilson Street. Hosted by Miss Ribena - this is one night not to be missed. Prizes for Pride King & Queen, Best Costume, and more! Live ...Read more
Stretch - The Chasing Summer Tour
Stretch has a passion in his performance that sets shows alight. From dark-hearted ballads to roof-raising choruses, his songs are a bittersweet blend of folk, soul and rock’n’roll. Having sold out concerts at ...Read more