Cooks Gardens Event Centre, Track and Field, Velodrome

Cooks Gardens

Home to Peter Snell’s world record-breaking mile in 1962, Cooks Gardens is renowned for its sporting and athletics events. This venue has a unique elevated trackside event centre.


Cooks Gardens has a multi-purpose stadium with an all-weather synthetic 400-metre athletic track, a wooden cycling velodrome and grandstands.

Adjacent to this facility is a unique trackside elevated venue – known as the Cooks Gardens Events Centre – which is suited to conferences, meetings, product launches and weddings.

The Cooks Gardens Event Centre has two main rooms and 11 corporate boxes and is equipped with a fully operational kitchen and bar for your food and beverage provider.

There is limited free on-site parking at the Cooks Gardens Events Centre.

Enquiries and bookings

Make a booking enquiry

Whanganui Venues & Events manage the Cooks Gardens venue, along with all track and field and velodrome bookings.

The Whanganui Venues & Events office at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre at Pukenamu Queen’s Park is open to the public between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, or by appointment.

Call (06) 349 0513 for more information, visit or email


Maria Place, Whanganui 4500  View Map

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