The Royal Wanganui Opera House

The last Victorian Theatre In New Zealand

The majestic theatre with the gold columns on St Hill Street is the Royal Wanganui Opera House. Since its opening in 1899, the Royal Wanganui Opera House has gained national and international recognition for its beautiful architecture and great acoustics.

Used regularly, it is a big part of cultural entertainment in Whanganui with touring artists and shows as well as local productions, fashion shows and dance groups.

The Royal Wanganui Opera House is New Zealand’s last surviving Victorian Theatre and the only theatre in New Zealand to have a Royal Charter, awarded for the centenary celebration in 1999. It was designed by Wellington Architect George Stevenson and commissioned to commemorate Queen Victoria’s reign. It was close to the then railway station and the port – the preferred methods of transport by theatre companies, and has survived three fires. Constructed in five months and, unusually for the period, lit from the beginning with electricity and gas.


Royal Wanganui Opera House

Royal Wanganui Opera House
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    Come and see the last Victorian Era Theatre in New Zealand, still going strong since 1899!

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    The Royal Wanganui Opera House is renowned for its crisp and clear acoustics.

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    The Wanganui Opera House is New Zealand’s last surviving Victorian Theatre and the only theatre in New Zealand to have a Royal Charter, awarded for the centenary celebration in 1999.

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69 St Hill Street
Whanganui 4501

Monday – Friday:
9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday :
10:00am – 12:00pm

06 349 0511
Catch a show!
Parking Available, Toilets, Disabled Access, Family Friendly

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