Celebrate our unique heritage and culture.

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. Not to mention the gigs, gallery openings, plays and concerts put on every week by our vibrant and active community.


Experience the local arts scene at events like Artists Open Studios, Whanganui Walls, Whanganui Opera Week, Whanganui Literary Festival and Le Fiesta: NZ’s best women’s fest.

Culture & Heritage

Join us for Whanganui Heritage Month in October, and Vintage Weekend in January, to experience Whanganui’s rich heritage, amazing stories and talented people.


Whanganui has a long and proud sporting history and plenty of great events to show it off. Join in as a spectator or even a competitor at events like the Cemetery Circuit, New Zealand Masters Games, the Billy Webb Festival and the 3 Bridges Marathon.

What's on during summer?

Summer is our liveliest events season, with a wide range of events on offer. Find out what’s on during summer and plan your visit.

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