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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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Sonic Delusion - Hey Trouble Single Release Tour

Lucky Bar + Kitchen

Sonic Delusion, the Swiss-Kiwi electro-folk artist, continues to carve out his own unapologetically ambitious and hip swaying sounds with his third single “Hey Trouble”, from his upcoming album “Anything Goes” ...

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Waimarie Paddle Steamer Cruise: Day Trip From Kapiti

Waimarie Centre

You re invited to join a small group day trip from Kapiti to Whanganui. On arrival, we'll be treated to a two hour river cruise on the iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer. It's a great opportunity to experience New ...

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Blue Child Collective + Emjay Angeni - NZ TOUR 2019

Lucky Bar + Kitchen

"A Fluid Groove 5-Piece born from the West Australian coastline, Blue Child Collective's easy-flowing, conscious song craft evokes the gentle rhythms and roaring freedom of Australia’s seaside." - (Happy Mag). It ...

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Artists Open Studios

Whanganui Community Arts Centre

Artists Open Studios has become the gateway to experiencing Whanganui’s vibrant and diverse arts community. Home to many established, world renown and emerging artists, the city is a premier arts destination for New ...

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Open Studio's Whanganui - Pauline Allomes

Whanganui

Don't miss out on these two amazing weekends. Start at the starting point exhibition at the Community Arts Centre at 19 Taupo Quay, pick up your studio guide and head on out. I am looking forward to seeing you all in the ...

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Artists Open Studios - Frances Sim Higgins

Whanganui

Whanganui Artists Open Studios is your chance to meet some of New Zealand’s leading and emerging artists, explore their studios and experience the creative process first hand. Better yet, you can acquire pieces for ...

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Artists Open Studios - Hand Me That Pencil

Whanganui

Whanganui Artists Open Studios is your chance to meet some of New Zealand’s leading and emerging artists, explore their studios and experience the creative process first hand. Better yet, you can acquire pieces for ...

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The Leading Edge - First Fast and Fearless Leadership

Ridgway Conference Room

The demand for managers who are also leaders has become a growing trend in business organisations and communities throughout the world. Effectively bringing together the skill sets of managers and leaders in a ...

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Living Forward - The Psychology of Success

Ridgway Conference Room

Simple steps to transform your life. If you: - Desire to change your life for the better - Have an ambition you want to achieve - Want to “have a go” at something - Start but don’t complete a project - Want ...

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Health & Safety Roadshow - Business Central

Whanganui War Memorial Centre

We all know the importance of Health & Safety at work, but when it comes to actually implementing the legal requirements, too many businesses are still falling short. With consequences ranging from hefty fines to staff ...

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Round 4 MouthFRESH New Zealand Jetsprint Championship

Shelterview Jet Sprint Track

The methanol sucking monsters are back! Love speed, the smell of methanol and the vibration of v8's then you won't want to miss the action of the V8 Jetsprints ... where high-speed adrenaline junkies make split-second ...

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Sound Canvas - Brass Whanganui - Arts Collaboration

Royal Wanganui Opera House

Sound Canvas Brass Whanganui arts collaboration. A performance of music, visual art, movement and theatre in a space which allows the audience to be surrounded by a visual and musical experience. Immersive, ...

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FLIGHTS TO WHANGANUI

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