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…!
Katie Boyle in The Merry Wives of Windsor
Lucky Bar + Kitchen
Starring Katie Boyle (Hamlet, Pop-Up Globe, 2016) Directed by award-winning character comic, Alexander Sparrow (DJ Trump) Sir John Falstaff, the fat knight, is coming to town. Short of money to pay his men, Falstaff ...Read more
Conservation Week Beach Clean Up
Conservation Week 2019 is near! We want to keep our beaches beautiful and functional for our wildlife, so come along, meet new people, have some fun and let’s help clean up South Beach,” Gloves, buckets and ...Read more
Connecting With the Healing Powers of Maca and Cacao
Come and learn about using medicinal Maca and Cacao to bring harmony and balance back to your body through connecting with the plant spirits. About this event Maca and cacao are two of the most sacred Incan medicines ...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
Beginners Rueda Casino Cuban Salsa Classes
Welcome to Cuban Salsa. Rueda Casino for Adults Beginner Course. By attending our classes you agree to our Terms and Conditions. Please read them carefully. Join the New Zealand Salsa craze! Over the past 10 years, ...Read more
Ice Skate Tour
Wanganui Girls College
Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97% same gliding capacity as natural ...Read more
Keeping a Clear Focus In and Out of Meditation
Whanganui Arts @ the Centre
A Clear Focus In and Out of Meditation with Gen Kelsang Demo. Things move fast in today’s world. Life often seems noisy and busy. We are surrounded by images, sounds and experiences competing for our attention. We ...Read more
Intermediate Salsa Classes
Salsa Class for Adults - Intermediate Level. Cost $10 per Class (Cash at the door or buy it online). The course will cover basic steps of salsa as well as lead and follow techniques to begin with, incorporating ...Read more
Lights On Bikes
The brightest parade in town! Join us for a procession of illuminated bicycle art and creative installations. Food is available from 5pm. Parade start time is 6.30pm. If you would like to be a part of this ...Read more
Lucky Bar + Kitchen
So... "when are whiskey mama playing in Whanganui again?" We get asked all the time. No excuses this time. September 27 is the end of school term so this will be a perfect night to shake it up, let your hair down and ...Read more
Intermediate Rueda Casino Cuban Salsa Classes
Welcome to Rueda Casino for Adults with Rene! Rueda Casino Intermediate Course. Join the New Zealand Salsa craze! Over the past 10 years, Salsa had become the most popular social dance style in New Zealand! It is fun ...Read more