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…!
Brass Whanganui and Damn Raucous Brass
Lucky Bar + Kitchen
Fund raising event for Brass Whanganui to attend the Shanghai International Tourism Festival as invited guest artists. Brass Whanganui will perform its street music, Damn Raucous Brass will party it's Orleans sound late ...Read more
Whanganui Brass China Fundraiser
Lucky Bar + Kitchen
Brass Whanganui are heading for China to attend the Shanghai International Tourism Festival. This incredible festive celebration means our very own Brass Whanganui will play on the streets in front of a live audience ...Read more
Daffodil Rally for Cancer - Wanganui Vintage Car Club
Whanganui War Memorial Centre
Daffodil Rally for Cancer - Wanganui Vintage Car Club. All vehicles & people welcome. Easy format, drive around the city, have fun & answer the questions. Great prizes & a grand raffle. Proceeds to Whanganui ...Read more
Wanganui Tramways Weekend
Tram on display, tram rides, child dress ups photos in old tram drivers uniform (photos available the following Sunday). Free rides for children under 12, accompanied by an adult ($2) on the Sunday.Read more
The Street Where You Live
St Andrew's Church
Kyle Dalton will talk about his new version of “Streets of Whanganui” with more information and surprising facts about many of our streets. Enquiries to Lynley 06 343-8232.Read more
Whanganui Collegiate School Museum & Archives Tours
Wanganui Collegiate School Museum
Founded in 1854 the school has a fascinating history of early education in Whanganui. Tours will include a visit to the school Museum & Archives, historic ‘big school’, chapel & campus. Tickets $5 from iSite ...Read more
In the Course of Time Exhibition
Pauline Allomes Studio & Gallery
Fri 23, 5.30pm - Official opening. A combined exhibition by Pauline Allomes & Julz Coffey, both environmental artists in this pre-1914 cottage. A silent auction will run during the exhibition for a work by Pauline ...Read more
Whanganui Heritage Images in Black & White
Paiges Book Gallery
Step inside Paige’s Book Gallery, a heritage building, to discover black & white printed collages of Whanganui’s heritage. All work is presented with mat board surrounds and is for sale.Read more
Mainstreet Whanganui Heritage Themed Shop Window Fronts
Take a stroll along Whanganui’s charming Victoria Avenue & side streets. Marvel at beautiful heritage while exploring unique boutique, retro and high end shopping, or simply relax with delicious cuisine and beverages ...Read more
The Alexander Library Exhibition
Alexander Heritage and Research Library
In this exhibition of the history of the Alexander Library building, take a look at historical plans, photographs of the library & descriptions of alterations over time. Find out about the past & present life of our ...Read more
Beginners Salsa Classes
Welcome to Salsa for Adults with Rene! Salsa Beginner Course. Yes, these classes are suitable for complete Beginners! Even with 2 left feet! Even for the kiwi blokes! Join the New Zealand Salsa craze! Over the ...Read more
Improvers Salsa Classes
Welcome to Salsa for Adults with Rene! Salsa Improver Course! These classes are suitable for students that have already completed at least 1 Beginner Course before. Join the New Zealand Salsa craze! Over the past ...Read more