Spread over three days, during Wellington Anniversary Weekend in January from the 21st – 23rd, we guarantee you will be transported to a bygone era! The heritage town centre kicks off the celebration with a street carnival on the Saturday: live bands and all things heritage abound.
The Whanganui Riverside Festival, on the Sunday, continues the celebration of our heritage roots in the old town area along the riverfront, take a trip on the Waimarie paddle-steamer, the oldest coal fired vessel of its kind operating in New Zealand or just relax on the riverbank - the mood is chill and the music continues.
Monday sees the mood rev up with the Soapbox Derby watch home-made carts racing down an insane slope or be really daring and enter yourself!.
Dress-ups, markets, bands, food and wine – it’s a few days of old-time fun and tomfoolery for all! One of the top events in Whanganui.