Whanganui Heritage Month coming up

Whanganui will celebrate Heritage Month from 1 to 26 September with a special transport theme this year.


Highlights include an opening weekend heritage market by the river, a full weekend of events including a heritage transport parade and parkup. With over 35 events, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The Grand Opening weekend on Saturday 4, begins at 10am from the Whanganui Regional Museum.     Follow the piper with an amble down historic Drews Avenue, to see the river boats of yesteryear with steam boats and histroric waka on the river, vintage cars and music by the River Market where local produce and fabulous food can be found up to 1pm. Travel New Zealand’s only underground elevator through Durie Hill to spectactular views across the city and join us for the official opening of the new Durie Hill Elevator entrance at 2pm.

On Saturday 18 September at 1pm the Heritage Transport Parade gets underway in stunning Victoria Avenue, featuring vintage cars and fire engines, bicyles, motor cycles, horse drawn landau, gigs and wagons and much more – its great fun for the whole family. On Sunday 19, between 10.30 and 4pm take a double decker London Bus ride to the Historic Racecourse for a Parkup exhibition of heritage vehicles and information stalls.

Another highlight of the festival is Phantom of the Opera at Whanganui’s Royal Opera House. This stunning Category 1 listed heritage building is fully restored and the perfect backdrop to this dramatic theatrical opera held between Friday 17 to 25 September.

So many of Whanganui’s heritage buildings are still intact and dominate the city center. With numerous cafes and boutique shops, Museums, Art Galleries and hot glass blowing, wonderful playgrounds and cycleways, ensure there’s something to attract and entertain the entire family.

Whanganui won New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City Award in 2019 and 2020.

A full programme of events can be viewed on the website; Whanganui Heritage Trust/ Heritage Month. Visitor Information is at: www.discoverwhanganui.nz