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Events In Whanganui

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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Destroy Your To Do's+Beat Decision Fatigue- Whanganui

151 On London Motel

Sound like you? Feel like you are running around in your life or business fighting fires, sticking on band-aids or just completing someone else's demands? Me too. Or should I say this was me. With 4 businesses ...

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The Schizophonics

Lucky Bar + Kitchen

San Diego trio The Schizophonics announce their first New Zealand tour for May / June this year. NZ Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTC79-hrw0I&feature=youtu.be Live on French TV: ...

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Meditations to Improve Relationships

Whanganui Arts @ the Centre

“If we are skillful friends can become like treasure chests from whom we can obtain the precious wealth of love, compassion and patience.” - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso How often do relationships affect our state of ...

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Ugly Customers

Repertory Theatre

Ugly Customers by Joe Musaphia. A comedy play about a bank hold-up by an elderly couple - the uptight bank manager is not amused… Age advice 16+ Finish approx. 2hours Ticket price: Adult $25 - Senior/Student ...

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Record Fair

Lucky Bar + Kitchen

Records, food and drink. All sorts of great records in all styles. Multiple vendors.

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Ardijah

Frank Bar & Eatery

Come along & join Ardijah & Special Guests at Frank Bar, Whanganui! Ardijah have been working on a couple of new numbers so come along & enjoy some of their old & new songs! Support NZ Music Month.

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Smokefreerockquest

Royal Wanganui Opera House

Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Now in its 30th year, the series of over 40 events reaches audience numbers in excess of 10,000 every year. Founded in 1989 by ...

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The Power of The Beautiful State

The Quaker Settlement

The Beautiful State is a two-day experience designed to help move you to a higher level of consciousness. The Beautiful State experience is based on insightful wisdom teachings that are combined with the most recent ...

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Matariki Glow Show!

Royal Wanganui Opera House

“Only 30 seconds gone and all of us are captivated, spellbound and lapping it up.” - Alan Scott-Theatreview 15,000+ children saw this extraordinary show in 2017/18. 700 schools will hear about it in ...

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Experience HU: The Sound of Soul

Community House

HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra that can uplift your life. Singing HU provides a sense of calm, strength, and centeredness. Come and experience chanting HU and enjoy spiritual conversation with others of like ...

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Kelvin Cruickshank

Royal Wanganui Opera House

By popular demand NZ Medium Kelvin Cruickshank is coming to Whanganui! Passing on messages from people who have died and are in spirit is what Kelvin was put on earth to do. However, since the incredible success of ...

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Take Back Control - Time Toolbox - 2-Day Workshop

BNZ Partners Business Centre

Feel like you are running around in your life or business fighting fires, sticking on band-aids or just completing someone else's demands? Me too. Or should I say this was me. With 4 businesses to run, a team of ...

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FLIGHTS TO WHANGANUI

The Whanganui Airport offers quick and easy daily flights to Auckland with Air Chathams