Halls & Buildings


The Council provides indoor community venues for a range of social, cultural, recreational and educational uses. Rural halls provide a focal point for rural communities. Some buildings also have an historic and/or memorial value.

Various buildings, many of them inherited from past generations, are located across the District and are leased or hired out to various users.

Whanganui Venues & Events

In 2017 three Council venues – the Whanganui War Memorial Centre, Cooks Gardens Events Centre and the Royal Wanganui Opera House – merged under one management umbrella and Whanganui Venues & Events was created. Whanganui Venues & Events is a one-stop-shop for all booking enquiries and has a team of dedicated event co-ordinators to help with all your venue hire needs. You can contact them at www.whanganuivenues.co.nz

War Memorial Centre

The Whanganui War Memorial Centre, which opened in 1960, is among the top 1000 architectural 'modernistic' buildings in the world and the top 50 in the Southern Hemisphere. It is both beautiful and practical and has served the community well ever since. The centre is a living memorial to the 375 men and women from Whanganui who lost their lives in World War 11.

The centre includes a large main hall, Concert Chamber, Pioneer (meeting) Room and kitchen facilities. The centre's opening hours are 10.00am–4.00pm Monday to Friday. 

You can visit the Whanganui Venues & Events website at www.whanganuivenues.co.nz or email WarMemorialCentre@whanganui.govt.nz or call (06) 3490513 for more information.

Royal Wanganui Opera House

The Royal Wanganui Opera House is New Zealand's last Victorian theatre, elegantly standing at over 115 years old. The theatre seats 830 patrons and is the perfect venue for many local, national and international events.

The venue is equipped with audio visual requirements and our Technical Lead and team can assist with setup and technical advice, ensuring your event is a success.
Pre-show and intermission refreshments are provided in the upper bar area, along with ice cream sellers to sweeten your theatre experience. The venue is an ideal setting for your next performance, graduation, school production, seminar, wedding or meeting.

Box Office

A Box Office is conveniently located to the left of the theatre for ease of ticket sales. It is  open Monday to Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm.

You can email the Royal Wanganui Opera House at RoyalOperaHouse@whanganui.govt.nz, call (06) 349 0511 or visit www.whanganuivenues.co.nz

Cooks Gardens

Home to Peter Snell's world record breaking mile in 1962, Cooks Gardens is renowned for its sporting and athletics events.

This premier venue also offers a unique track-side venue for conferences, meetings, product launches, and weddings.

The Cooks Gardens Event Centre is equipped with a fully operational kitchen and bar, ensuring all your food and beverage requirements can be met.

Call (06) 349 0513 for more information, visit www.whanganuivenues.co.nz or email CooksGardensEventsCentre@whanganui.govt.nz

Community buildings ​

Leased entirely to community organisations, these buildings may be available for use/hire. They are: Arts Society building (Cooks Gardens, Cook Street entrance), Castlecliff Town Hall, Duncan Pavilion, Ward Observatory, Repertory Theatre and Musicians Club (former Savage Club). User fees are charged for these venues.


​Arts Society​Rei Hendry
​06 347 2649
​Castlecliff Town Hall​Lisa Reweti​06 344 4874
021 057 1707
​Duncan Pavilion​Paul
​0508 728 454
021 205 2850
​Musicians Club Fred Frederikse
John Keating​
06 ​345 2376
021 153 1131
021 256 7647
​Repertory TheatreMax Restieaux​06 ​345 0200
06 349 0090
06 345 3146
​Ward Observatory​Ross Skilton​027 245 8066

Rural halls​

There are rural halls at Brunswick, Fordell, Kai Iwi, Mangamahu, Maxwell, Rapanui-Mowhanau and Okoia. These halls are owned by individual Hall Committees under the Rural Community Halls Trust (Upokongaro Hall is leased and not available for hire, while Kaitoke Hall is occupied and also not available for hire). 


​Brunswick​Helen Goodare
Ross Jones
06 ​342 1854
06 342 1842
​Fordell​Janet Wakeling
John Tripe
​06 342 7551
06 342 7877
​Kai Iwi​Kai Iwi School
Colin Matthews
06 ​342 9827
06 342 9802
027 293 6639
​Mangamahu​Sandra Roberts
Andy Collins
06 ​342 2860
06 342 2818
​Maxwell​Liz Lennox
Richard White
​06 342 3891
06 342 3702
027 442 6171
​Okoia​Gordon Eastabrook
Rosemary Tennant
06 ​344 4924
06 342 4801
​Rapanui/Mowhanau​Jeanette Redit
George Handley
​06 342 9644
06 342 9736

Page reviewed: 09 Sep 2019 2:36pm