Royal Wanganui Opera House

Monday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Tuesday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Wednesday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Friday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.



69 Street Hill Street

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Well deserving of its majestic title, the Royal Wanganui Opera House has seen many years of success hosting singers, dancers, speakers and performers within its pristine white walls, and as a much loved local venue, that legacy looks set to continue for some years yet.

The building of this magnificent piece of architecture started in 1899, back when materials were hauled in via horse and cart, and instead of spending their evenings looking at Instagram, the fine people of Whanganui were set on building a beautiful place where they could watch live theatre, song and dance. It’s a lucky thing they were so dedicated to the cause too, because even today tour groups, travelling musicians and performers from afar come to make the most of this place’s stunning acoustics and aesthetics. It seems important to pay tribute to the early custodians of the Royal Opera House, who according to a 1956 job ad, had to operate a switchboard, clean the entrance, stairs and offices, attend every performance, send bills, maintain the gardens, read gas meters and generally spend every waking moment keeping the opera house in tip-top shape, all for 12 pounds a week.

Glaringly beautiful due to its pristine white walls and gold trim, it’s hard to miss this historic building, and if you’re yet to visit, or you’re pondering shaking up your Friday night TV watching routine, then check out their schedule and book yourself in for a night of live entertainment just like they did in the old days.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Supplied

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