Events In Whanganui

Events In Whanganui

Whanganui is lucky to host and hold a number of top events throughout the year, so there’s never a shortage of things to do and things to see in our fair city. From community events to our large iconic events, there is something going on that is sure to interest you! You can check out our events calendar at Whanganui What’s On for up-to date information of all community events and other events in Whanganui.

Our list of the top events in Whanganui!

Events In Whanganui

WHANGANUI SPEEDWEEK – 26th – 28th DEC 2018

Whanganui Speedweek Banner 2018
Whanganui Speedweek is the ultimate petrolhead experience, bringing five full throttle events together over three days.

Whanganui has a strong motorsport history, with the iconic Cemetery Circuit motorcycle street race now in its 67th year. That history means Whanganui is home to a number of motorsport experts whose collective knowledge and expertise will ensure thrills, spills and safe events.

  • CEMETERY CIRCUIT CIRCUIT

    If you have just a sniff of petrolhead in you, you won’t want to miss this! Motorbike Street racing. MORE

  • CARL COX

    Whanganui rocks to the sounds of master DJ Carl Cox – downtown, 7:00pm till late. MORE

  • V8 JETSPRINTS

    The Methanol Sucking Monsters are back at Shelterview Jetsprint Park! MORE

  • MOTORCYCLE HILL CLIMB

    Okoia Hill Climb – get ready for your pulse to be raised in this annual event. Will they all make it? MORE

  • MOTORBIKE BEACH RACE

    head to the sun, surf and sand of South Beach as bikes take on our stunning West Coast! MORE

Carl Cox Whanganui 2018

Coming to any of these great events? Speedweek now has an app, putting all the info you need into one handy place. Get maps, schedules and up-to-date notifications about the events. For visitors to Whanganui, there’s also useful information about our city.  

Your feedback is important to us!

Did you have a great time at Speedweek? Come back next year on us! Just use the Speedweek app to fill out a short feedback form, and we’ll put you in a draw to win tickets and accommodation to next year’s event!

CLICK HERE FOR HELP DOWNLOADING THE APP

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Cemetery Circuit Whanganui

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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  • Dec 26th
V8 Jetsprints Whanganui

V8 Jetsprints

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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  • Dec 27th 
Vintage Weekend Whanganui

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Cemetery Circuit Whanganui
Vintage Weekend Whanganui

Whanganui Vintage Weekend

Welcome to Whanganui’s Biggest Party! We have three days and three nights of vintage themed fun and experiences to entertain and enthrall you. Whanganui Vintage Weekend is about celebrating the very best of every era, be it magnificent machinery, fabulous fashion, beautiful buildings, magical music or fantastic fare, this weekend has it all, and then some.www.whanganuivintageweekend.nz 

  • Whanganui i-SITE Visitor Centre
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  • Jan 17 -20 
Artists Open Studios Whanganui

Artists Open Studios Whanganui

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. It’s the best trail in New Zealand with high numbers of glass 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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  • March

Whanganui Walls Street Art Festival

Over the course of four days, street artists from around the world have a chance to make their mark on Whanganui. Each professional artist tackles their own wall in the CBD, bringing their vision to life in front of crowds of onlookers. Be sure to pick up a trail map from the i-SITE, so you don’t miss any of the works-in-progress. This popular event is a must-do for anyone interested in the arts!

  • Whanganui i-SITE Visitor Centre
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  • March
Shelterview V8 Jetsprints Whanganui

Whanganui Events Calendar

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What’s On In Whanganui
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Whanganui Whats On!
Vintage Weekend Whanganui
Extreme 4X4 Challenge Whanganui

extreme 4X4 challenge

Come see extreme purpose-built 4X4 machines grind it out in the mud as they attempt a number of purpose built obstacles – each harder than the last! The only event of its kind in New Zealand, the course is designed with spectators in mind and offers a great viewing experience from a natural ampitheatre. A great action-packed day of extreme motoring mayhem for the whole family! Another of our great motorsport events in Whanganui!

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  • April

WHANGANUI HERITAGE MONTH

Held for the first time in 2019, Whanganui Heritage Month is a celebration of Whanganui’s built heritage. Whanganui has one of New Zealand’s highest concentrations of intact heritage buildings, and they give our city a unique character. There are also a number of Māori sites of significance including St Paul’s Memorial Church, Putiki, and marae along the Whanganui River Rd to Jerusalem.

The calendar will be full of tours, seminars, exhibitions, cultural events and more, all running from 3 August to 13 September 2019.

  • Whanganui i-SITE Visitor Centre
  • Aug-Sept
Whanganui Literary Festival

Whanganui Literary Festival

A vibrant writers and readers’ festival held every second year attracting and hosting national and international guests. Bus tours, writers talks, poetry and book groups and fairs all to satisfy avid readers held in iconic venues throughout the city. Get your nose out of your latest book and come and join us for a really special event!

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  • September
Whanganui Literary Festival
New Zealand Masters Games Whanganui

New Zealand Masters Games

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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  • Jan / Feb
New Zealand Masters Games
Whanganui Cricket Festival

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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  • January
Whanganui Cricket Festival
Whanganui Opera Week

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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  • January
Whanganui Opera Week
Vintage Weekend Whanganui

SEE MORE EVENTS IN WHANGANUI!

See What’s happening In Whanganui at EVENTFINDA.

The Whanganui i-SITE is a proud Ticketing Agent for Eventfinda. Pop in and see us today to purchase your Eventfinda tickets.

Eventfinda.co.nz
Cemetery Circuit Whanganui
Billy Webb Challenge Whanganui

Billy Webb Challenge Whanganui

The Billy Webb Challenge is held annually on the Whanganui River with an Allcomers Race for Single Scullers. It was established to relive the original Billy Webb world title race in 1908 a year after the Whanganui man won NZ’s first ever world sculling title. The “Corporate 8’s” have been added to the event with local businesses battling it out on the river – no more than two experienced rowers are allowed to make up each team.

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  • December

La Fiesta

La Fiesta is NZ’s coolest little festival celebrating women and community. Find events happening all over Whanganui, and even Marton! The festival programme covers everything from art, music and dance, to workshops, film screenings, meditation, cheese-making, yoga, and a whole heap of fun. It’s a great way to build confidence and meet awesome new people.

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  • February/March
La Fiesta Poster

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