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WANGANUI CONFERENCE GUIDE

2012/13


welcome to wanganui Kia ora and welcome to Whanganui – a District rich in Maori and European heritage, a treasury of arts and culture and a great place to meet. For professional conference organisers of small to medium sized events, Wanganui offers a central and easily accessible location; a range of unique venues; advanced communications; and value for money conference services within a short distance of each other. Your delegates will be absolutely captivated by the tranquil beauty of our District and the choice of time-out and team-building activities will guarantee a truly memorable event.

Wanganui Visitor Centre i-SITE Phone: 0800 926426 Email: wanganui@i-site.org Wanganui Conference Bureau Phone: 0800 926426 Email: conferences@wanganui.govt.nz


about wanganui Wanganui is easily accessible by road from all regions in the middle and lower North Island. The city, with a population of approximately 42,000, is within a 3-hour drive from Wellington, Taupo and New Plymouth; one hour from Palmerston North and Levin; 6 hours from Auckland via Highway 4; and in little over 1 hour’s drive, you can reach the Whakapapa and Turoa ski-fields.

By air, Wanganui city is only 50 minutes from Auckland and 25 minutes from Wellington. Air New Zealand serves Wanganui Airport with daily flights to and from Auckland and Wellington, and local charter companies operate flights around New Zealand on demand.

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weather Wanganui has a very temperate climate, making it very pleasant all year round. Its location provides shelter from harsh weather conditions, so winters don’t get too cold and summers are comfortably warm, in fact the District averages 2000 hours of sunshine per year. Summer temperatures range from 8 – 30°C and winter temperatures from 4 to 14°C.

shopping Shopping in Wanganui is full of surprises. Within the commercial centre, boutique shops as well as major retail chains are to be found in the numerous buildings of historic interest. Victoria Avenue reflects the city’s heritage with gaslights, trees, wide paving and hanging baskets all year round.

Add to this some of the best antique and op-shops in the North Island, affordable and original art, great cafes and restaurants and plenty of green spaces to enjoy a different pace of life. Every Saturday, the River Traders Whanganui market display their wares on the banks of the Whanganui – recorded in history as an early trading site for Maori. Original works of local artists and craftspeople are intertwined with a diverse range of delicious local produce.


accommodation and activity bookings The Wanganui i-SITE Visitor Centre offers information on things to do and see in the district. Our friendly team of local experts can secure all your accommodation and activity bookings, and provide free itinerary planning. Check out the latest exhibition in the Quay Gallery, the stunning interpretation of the Creation of the Whanganui River in the Whanganui Experience Room, and pick up some souvenirs of your visit before a relaxing coffee with views of the river.

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WANGANUI VISITOR CENTRE www.wanganui.com

For activities, accommodation, brochures & maps contact the Wanganui Visitor Centre i-SITE. Come and see what Wanganui has to offer. Mon - Fri 8.30-5.00pm 31 Taupo Quay, Wanganui Phone 0800 926426 Sat, Sun & public holidays Email info@wanganui.govt.nz 9.00 - 3.00pm

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we’re here to help you create a memorable event The Wanganui Conference Bureau is located at the Wanganui Visitor Centre i-SITE. Our qualified and friendly team has a wide range of expertise and first-hand knowledge about all that Wanganui has to offer. They can assist with the following professional services: •

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Free and impartial advice on conference and event facilities that meet your budget and delegate expectations. Facilitation of site inspections and familiarisation tours. Introductions to support services to ensure the success of your conference or event. Advice on group activities for delegates. Provision of support collateral, destination brochures, video and photographic imagery. Assistance in developing partner programmes and pre-post event touring options. Accommodation, travel and activity bookings.


choose from a range of unique venues With venue capacities ranging from 10 to 1300, the Wanganui Conference Bureau can help you select the ideal venue for your small intimate function, half-day meeting, multi-day conference or trade expo. To help us determine the most suitable venue, please consider the following before you contact us: • • • • • • •

Wanganui Conference Bureau Wanganui Visitor Centre i-SITE 31 Taupo Quay Wanganui Phone: 06 349 3256 Email: conferences@wanganui.govt.nz

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What is the purpose of the meeting/ conference/event? How many participants do you expect? What are the preferred dates? What seating style is required? Do you need breakout rooms and if so, how many? What audio-visual equipment and Internet access do you require? Is there any other equipment you will need? Do you require special access? What style of catering do you prefer? Do you require accommodation on site? Do you require pre-post and partner touring or activity information? What is your budget? whanganui conference guide 2012


a comfortable sleep awaits everyone Wanganui offers a wide range of accommodation options to meet all your needs and budget. Options include hotel, motel and motor lodge, bed & breakfast (B&B), homestay as well as venue locations with accommodation. Hotel accommodation in Wanganui ranges from budget to the more upmarket and most have a licensed bar and restaurant either onsite or in close proximity. Our Motels and Motor Lodges provide accommodation from studio units with en suite bathrooms and kitchen facilities to family units. Several properties are in the 4+ star rating category and have meeting rooms onsite. Bed & Breakfasts are comprised of homestays, farmstays and other accommodation where the tariff includes breakfast. This type of accommodation can be found within the city limits or in secluded rural settings within a short driving distance of our conference venues. Having accommodation within the venue

appeals to some delegates, saving time and transport costs. We have several conference venues in Wanganui with accommodation either on the same property or within easy walking distance. The Wanganui Conference Bureau is happy to work with conference and event organisers to determine the most appropriate accommodation type and locality for your event.


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Whether business or pleasure brings you to Wanganui, a warm welcome awaits you at the Kingsgate Hotel. The hotel is set in large grounds with stunning gardens, an outdoor swimming pool, barbeque area, with wedding and conference facilities located in the centre of Wanganui. Our professional consultants will work closely with you ensuring all your function requirements are met. They will also assist in co-ordinating any accommodation that you may require. Our conference facilities include: • Conference rooms which seat up to 180 people • Board room & breakout rooms available • Accommodation to suit all budgets • Extensive catering options • Themed events can be arranged • Wireless Internet connection • Data Projector / DVD / Screens / Fax / Photocopying facilities • Award winning Restaurant and Café/Bar

379 Victoria Avenue, Wanganui 4541 P. +64 6 349 0044 F. +64 6 345 3250 E. theavenue@xtra.co.nz www.theavenuewanganui.com

Offering affordable luxury coupled with innovative cuisine. LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL PLACE TO HOLD YOUR NEXT CONFERENCE OR CORPORATE EVENT? THEN LOOK NO FURTHER! THE ANNDION FUNCTION CENTRE IS THAT SPECIAL PLACE! Our newly refurbished and fully equipped, boutique conference facility with a private outdoor courtyard and licensed bar. With uninterrupted river views, ample off street parking and free wireless Internet in a quiet location only 5 minutes from the city centre. Our facilities are available to be booked as a day venue or combined with accommodation (corporate rates available). We offer full on-site catering and are happy to discuss any other requirements that you may have.

Lonely Planet pick of Accommodation 2009 - 2012

21 Accommodation rooms, from boutique suites to lodge rooms, saltwater pool, spa, sauna and BBQ

Multi-Award Winning Accommodation Located on the Banks of the Whanganui River

143 - 145 Anzac parade, Wanganui Phone: 06 343 3593 Email: info@anndionlodge.co.nz www.anndionlodge.co.nz


Outstanding service in a warm and welcoming environment. Make your conference or meeting a special event at

QUALITY INN COLLEGIATE

CONFERENCE ROOMS Our conference rooms come with a wide range of conference equipment readily available for hire, we provide onsite conference catering and we are available to cater offsite for morning teas or lunches. Private conference dinner functions are also available.

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Small to medium groups, seated theatre style, 60 people Standing, 80 people

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Small meeting groups / conference / interviews or break out room for up to 20 people

ACCOMMODATION 122 Liverpool Street, Wanganui reservations: 0800 942 943 phone: 06 345 8309 fax: 06 345 6204 email: collegiate.motorinn@xtra.co.nz www.collegiatemotorinn.co.nz

Our 62 accommodation rooms are a mixture of hotel rooms with tea and coffee facilities and motel units with full kitchen facilities. All rooms come with a flat screen TV including Sky channels. There is the option to dine in our fully licenced restaurant/cafe & bar as well as use the mini gym and spa pool. Free wireless internet is also available.


Josephite Retreat Centre

Enquiries Welcome Phone 06 345 5047 extn 3 Email: ssjoseph@xtra.co.nz www.ssj.org.nz Mt St Joseph 14 Hillside Terrace, Whanganui PO Box 777, Whanganui, 4540

Josephite Retreat Centre is the perfect venue for seminars, conferences, personal and professional development programmes, business meetings, interviews and retreats. The Josephite Retreat Centre is housed in the historic building, Mount Saint Joseph, in Whanganui, it is surrounded by well-established grounds, farmland and native bush with ample parking available. The Retreat Centre boasts state of the art facilities offered in a relaxed and tranquil setting that creates an atmosphere that nourishes spirit, mind and body. Our conference centre setting combines the effective use of natural light and plenty of space. The result... an environment conducive to learning which ensures a successful event for

everyone. The conference room is well equipped with a variety of layout configurations for up to 40 people, with a conservatory and courtyard adjoined. Complementing the conference room is a quiet room with seating for up to 30 people. On-site accommodation is available. The latest AV equipment is available, 55” LED Smart TV with in-built Internet and Skype capability. Projector, Interwrite-board, Wireless Internet, Audio System with headset/ cordless microphones, Laptop and presenter aid. Catering can be provided and we are proud to be offering our “Brain Food” menu which is designed for keeping the mind invigorated throughout the day. A kitchenette is available fully equipped should you wish to self-cater.


Make your meeting, seminar or conference at Wanganui’s newest motel a memorable one. Having our 26 air conditioned luxury suites, BBQ area and courtyard, gym and laundry adjacent to the conference centre ensures your conference will be stress free. Our serviced units include: • Hebel soundproofing • Studio and access units, 2 bedroom family suites, 1 bedroom spa units • Honeymooners suite with double spa bath • Tea and coffee making facilities, fridge and microwave • Continental and express breakfasts available • Free extensive off road parking • Broadband / WIFI access, telephone, 26inch LCD TVs, Sky Guest select 50+ channels

Our conference centre includes: • A spacious venue with unique interior décor, heat pumps/air conditioning • Free extensive off road parking • Varied seating options- boardroom style to round tables for dinner functions (2 - 80 delegates) • Audio visual facilities, Sky TV channels, broadband and whiteboard • Catering available on request / out catering

2011 Winner for Best

Nationwide Motel Peoples Choice Award

151 London Street, Wanganui Ph: 06 345 8668 Fax: 06 345 8669 0800 151 London Email: stay@151onlondon.co.nz www.151onlondon.co.nz


an array of catering options Restaurant, award winning catering, café or takeaway – you choose. Wanganui offers a diverse range of dining experiences to suit most tastes and pockets. Dine in the city, or the outskirts of town, at a rural dining establishment or grab a takeaway and take it to riverbank boardwalk. Several restaurants are known for their signature dishes, using the best local produce and New Zealand’s top quality meat and game. Enjoy traditional Kiwi fare, wild game, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean or Stone Grill delicacies. Eat a la carte, from the smorgasbord selection, a set menu or buffet. Many of our conference venues offer full restaurant facilities to service their function rooms, including set menus or buffet dining options. Make your final night in Wanganui memorable with fine food, jazz music and a river cruise. A selection of award winning caterers can provide fine food at your venue of choice.

A thriving café scene has a wide range of choices for those seeking a more casual and quicker dining style. Convenient, accessible fast food outlets are well represented and are all conveniently located. The Wanganui Conference Bureau can provide a full list of restaurants or visit www.wanganui.com


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A beautiful 1912 Edwardian building in the heart of Wanganui. Elegant in the grandeur and charm of yesteryear. The perfect venue for your special occasion.

Cocktail Parties . Meetings . Corporate Functions Product Launches . Award winning venue Seminars . Conferences

136 St Hill Street, Wanganui 06 349 1966

www.heritagehouse.net.nz


Infusion Catering offers a prestigious venue and a full range of catering services for every special occasion and specialise in catering for events and conference. Our facilities offer excellent acoustics enhanced by a professional sound system, video and overhead projectors, data projectors and screens are all readily available to hire and Infusion are happy to oblige with referrals to bands, artists and entertainment providers. Spacious gardens and grounds enables Infusion to accommodate any outdoor event or large display. Our various venues can cater from groups of 30 to 400 people and we are always happy to work in with any alternative venues in the Wanganui region. Visit our website for more information and menus.

Wanganui Racecourse, Purnell Street, Wanganui P 06 345 3340 F 06 345 4828 E info@wanganuifunctioncentre.co.nz

www.infusioncatering.co.nz


WAR MEMORIAL CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION CENTRE

Wanganui’s Conference and Convention Centre

The War Memorial Centre is truly unique, constructed as a living memorial to the men and woman who died during WWII. An architecturally renowned complex, registered with the Historic Places Trust as a Category One building, the centre is conveniently situated at Queens Park in the heart of Wanganui’s CBD and is the perfect venue to hold your next event. We offer three versatile spaces, ideal for conferences, concerts, private weddings/dinners, seminars/meetings, and expos. A large Room

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Theatre Style

Formal Dining

forecourt/foyer area is available for Tradeshows, promotional activities and public entertainment. A fully equipped catering servery is available onsite with quality service provided by our local catering companies. A range of audio-visual equipment is available including and inbuilt sound system, data projectors, drop down screens, free wifi and technical assistance on request.

Dinner/Dance

Main Hall 1056m2 1300 1000 700 Pioneer Room 213m2 200 160 Concert Chamber Fixed tier seating for 370 with open stage (9.14m x 4.56m)

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For venue information and booking enquiries contact: Phone: +64-6 349 0513 Email: warmemorialcentre@wanganui.govt.nz


Essence Catering owner’s Joe and Heather Power are a dream team. Joe’s culinary skills and Heather’s food and beverage expertise and attention to detail are so highly regarded their award-winning catering business receieves bookings from as far afield as northern Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, the Kapiti Coast and overseas. The secret to the couples success lies in their talent, years of experience, their likeable personalities, their level of service and their commitment to providing high standards. Essence Catering is an out-catering service specialising in luncheons, cocktail parties and dinners for weddings, conferences, business and private functions, they have also catered for the Wanganui Business Awards five years in a row. They enjoy working closely with many alternative venues in Wanganui and can cater to a wide range of clientele with the option of personalised menus.

30 Virginia Road, Wanganui P 06 343 9016 F 06 343 9018

M 0272 967 967 joe.power@essence-catering.co.nz www.essence-catering.co.nz


time out, training and team building opportunities As one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets, Wanganui will surprise and delight your delegates. At the heart of our region rising from the sacred peaks - Te Kahui Tupua - the Whanganui River flows relentlessly from the mountains to the sea and nestled on its banks, the city of Wanganui presents the perfect opportunity to create an unforgettable event. Imagine pre-conference dinner drinks at the magnificent neo-classical Sarjeant Gallery, followed by dinner in the War Memorial Centre – an icon of post-modern architecture, or a ‘Night at the Museum’ experience – all within a five-minute walk. For a small business meeting, enjoy the high tech, modern facilities of an inner city function room, or opt for the charm of yesteryear in a 100 year old Homestead. You could even charter a 100 year-old (restored) paddle steamer for something different.


If team building and training is your focus, try a guided canoe trip to the middle reaches of New Zealand’s longest navigable river - the majestic and spiritual Whanganui. Jet boat through rapids; camp by the river and observe wildlife in their natural habitat; visit the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’; or canoe at your leisure. If you’re a bit of a landlubber, cycle in the Whanganui National Park section of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail; or drive the 79km Whanganui River Road, rich in cultural and natural heritage. Visit the many beautifully preserved marae and historic settlements along the way including Hiruharama (Jerusalem), once home to Mother Mary Aubert whose Catholic missions remains today, and the highly recognized poet James K Baxter. And when business is over and it’s time to relax … enjoy a spot of fishing; a brisk walk along one of our West Coast beaches; a leisurely stroll in one of numerous beautiful parks or reserves; indulge in a pamper session; some retail therapy; or simply ponder the Universe at the Ward Observatory. whanganui conference guide 2012


...many journeys 1 Takarangi Street, Putiki, Whanganui www.facebook.com/oneriverwhanganui P. 06 345 1017 M. 027 897 0687 oneriver.whanganui.nz@gmail.com

An iconic Whanganui River experience, take to the waters for an action packed team building event, or simply reward your conference participants with an inspirational trip.

One River facilitates workshops and experiences for people of all

team building programs with a full range of activities to suit all needs

ages and group sizes up to 50 or more. All our adventures begin and end at Putiki in the City. We provide a warm traditional welcome, outfit everyone with the right gear and conduct a thorough safety briefing. Within half an hour our clients are set to go on the Whanganui River.

and levels of fitness and to provide challenges physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Hosted by our friendly local team, we have had the privilege to share our culture with people from all corners of the world. We love sharing our history and the secrets of our Awa, the lifeblood of Whanganui. We are experts in designing river and marae based leadership and

Time wise we offer our 2 hour, half day and full day experiences, all within city boundaries. Our deluxe One River…5 Day Safari for those that choose to indulge themselves is the best we offer. It’s In the fabulously scenic middle reaches of the Whanganui and still allows for seminars etc to take place. We use your ideas like fishing, canoe racing, river obstacle courses and high diving etc. All of our adventures are genuinely tailored to our client’s unique requirements. We provide river

and marae experiences interwoven or separately, each experience is fashioned by One River staff to feature local history, local tribal lore and environmental issues, highlighted by traditional local Maori tales and songs.

Let us SUPRISE you come and join One River... many journeys, and the full richness of the Whanganui River.

“ Thank you One River for the best

afternoon, your wonderful hospitality and the opportunity of this amazing experience. We learnt so much and had a blast! ” - River City Rollers, Aug 2012


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Whanganui Arts Quartet

Sourcing inspiration from and for participants is a key ingredient to any successful Conference.

2 2 1. Ross Mitchell-Anyon makes pottery

with love, care and integrity, creating something people can hold and use every day. His process begins with digging clay from Pahiatua. He values collecting his materials, recycling rather than wasting.

2. Prakash Patel paintings record

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an intimate dialogue with both his materials and processes – one that has allowed him to develop a distinctively rich and mysterious visual language that seems to articulate both macrocosmic and microscopic space simultaneously.

3. Greg Betts takes old timbers and

local elm and makes it into a variety of furniture, chair making being a particular skill. He is passionate about putting some pride back into the craft, making furniture the way it was made 50 years ago.

4. Craig Winton Perched on a hillside

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above the Whanganui River with mountain views of Ruapehu is the studio of jeweller Craig Winton. With nature’s inspiration at the window, it’s here he designs and creates his distinctive and sought-after jewellery.

This tour has been formulated with that specific outcome in mind. The Whanganui Arts community has long been recognised for its’ quality, diversity and accessibility. These four Artists will each provide a more intimate and unique insight than normal into not only their respective work but what inspires them to create. We visit each of the Artists in their workshops and the Tour group will have ample opportunity to interact with each Artist while at the same time get an understanding as to how and why each Artist has created their environment to best inspire their work. We will pick up your group from their accommodation or venue and drop them back afterwards. The tour will take approximately three hours but this can be customized if necessary. Minimum group size of 6 people. Price $100 pp

For information and bookings contact: Whanganui River Road Tours 0800 201 234 24 Somme Parade, Whanganui, 4500

Photography: Mark Brimblecombe


ROYAL WANGANUI OPERA HOUSE New Zealand’s last Victorian Theatre. Built in 1899, the Opera House is tangible evidence of city pride and loyalty to the monarchy as expressed in the minutes of the Wangangui Borough Council, 29 June 1887. A competition decided the design, and the large wooden building, with its fine acoustics was constructed to plans submitted by the winner, Mr. G Stevenson, a Wellington architect.

CONTACT OUR FRIENDLY STAFF TO DISCUSS FURTHER OPTIONS:

Ph. 06 349 0511 Fax. 06 349 0512 E. rwoh@royaloperahouse.co.nz www.royaloperahouse.co.nz www.ticketdirect.co.nz 9.30am to 5.30pm weekdays 10am to 12pm on Saturadays

This 112 year old, 830 seats, theatre is the venue for many local, national and international events. These events include Grand Opera, Operetta, Tribute concerts, Piano Recitals, Orchestral Concerts, School Events, Lectures, Graduations, Fashion Shows, Dance of all forms, Floral Theatre to name a few. Any function requiring a stage and auditorium style seating can be accommodated. With its grandeur and history the Opera House is the perfect place to host themed events, the stage can

accommodate a reception of up to 80 and can be set up many different ways to cater. Make your next event a memorable and unique affair at the historic Opera House.


COOKS GARDENS Cooks Gardens is conveniently located in the heart of the Wanganui CBD within easy walking distance to the city, local amenities and a range of entertainment and accommodation options. Offstreet parking is available on-site and entranceways to the main stadium are wheelchair friendly. Team building events are also available, and can be hosted with the assistance of Sport Wanganui.

Conference Room Seated, U-Shape Meeting table - 20 Seated, Theatre Style - 40 Standing Only - 55

Function Centre Seated, at tables - 100 Seated, theatre-style - 130 Standing Only - 200

Meetings & Conferences

With it’s picturesque and panoramic views of the stadium, the city and many local landmarks - Cooks Gardens is the perfect venue for any meeting, conference function or event. A full range of conference and function equipment are available.

For smaller meetings, our Corporate Boxes and Snell Meeting Room measure 5m x 4m and will seat up to 12 people. The Cooks Gardens Function Centre offers full bar and catering services - from finger foods and light lunches to corporate and formal menus, to best suit the individual needs of our clients.

In January 1962, Peter Snell famously broke the World Mile Record (3min 54.4) on the Cooks Gardens Athletics track.

CONTACT US: 99 St Hill Street Wanganui PO Box 500, Wanganui 4540

In 1995, venue underwent a multimillion dollar redevelopment which included a 400m synthetic athletics track, a 250m wooden cycling velodrome, grassed sports ground and new grandstands - all of which can accommodate up to 20,000 spectators.

P: 06 349 1815 F 06 345 0015 E: cooks@eventswanganui.com W: www.eventswanganui.com


whats on in wanganui Why not time your event to coincide with one of our classic events? There is always something happening in Wanganui – here’s just a taster: Opera Week January A stunning week where young singers have the opportunity to develop their abilities with tutors of international standing. From master-classes to lunchtime and evening recitals, church services and concerts, the city provides a unique musical backdrop to your event. Vintage Weekend January With more heritage buildings than just about anywhere in New Zealand, Vintage Weekend is an opportunity to immerse yourself in three days of entertainment. The River city Caboodle – a premier street carnival of bygone entertainment, fashions and musical gems; Groove by the Riverside with cool music, awesome food and wine and a range of activities on the water; and finally a good old fashioned Soap Box Derby – Wanganui style.


New Zealand Masters Games February (biannually) Centred on Springvale Park in its own Games Village, this multi-day event comprises almost 70 different sports and over 580 individual events. A great opportunity for team building! Artists Open Studios March/April Discover our artists in and out of their studios, follow their progress, witness their developments and embrace established and emerging talent. Each autumn, Wanganui invites you into the world of our local artists, to view wonderful public and private art galleries and museums, attend art workshops and experience great hospitality. Puanga Whanganui Matariki Festival June Join us in celebrating the rising star Puanga (Rigel) and the beginning of the Maori New Year. Our Puanga Festival is an open invitation to learn and experience aspects of Maori life from astral navigation to fashion, art, planting, Marae open-days, Kapa Haka and much more.

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Festival of Glass October Wanganui boasts a vibrant and unique glass movement, unmatched by any other New Zealand centre. The Festival celebrates locally produced glass art through stunning exhibits by students, emerging and established artists. Demonstrations, open studios, public talks and glass workshops. Jet Sprint Championships December Some of the worlds best Jet sprint teams race at the Shelter View Track on the city outskirts. Make a day of it and catch the early mishaps, followed by an afternoon of full-on action with sudden death eliminations across a range of classes. An exhilarating day of entertainment - both on and off the water. Cemetery Circuit December Get up close to the action at New Zealand’s legendary street circuit, a must on any racing calendar. Held on Boxing Day, the event has seen some of the world’s best racers compete on this exciting and tight circuit. Respected internationally, the Cemetery Circuit is often called the ‘Southern Hemisphere’s Isle of Man’.


TRANZIT COACHLINES WANGANUI Tranzit is one of New Zealand’s largest family owned and operated coach companies. From conference groups & meetings, luxury sightseeing coach tours, sports events, corporate wine trails, day trips, special events, the Travel Club to weekend getaways. Tranzit Coachlines Coach Charter and Tour operation can cover the wide spectrum of travel requirements in New Zealand and provide any group with a coach / bus to suit your needs from 11 seater vans right the way to 57 seater coaches. Every proposal is individually priced to reflect the unique requirements of each group travelling.

and Tranzit Coachlines is dedicated to providing a high quality of service to its travelling customers and has the experience and expertise to achieve this. For more information and advise when planning your corporate functions, phone Tranzit Coachlines now. 160 Ridgway Street, Wanganui P 06 345-7100, F 06 345-3370 E wag@tranzit.co.nz www.tranzit.co.nz

Our staff are carefully chosen for their personality and friendliness and are trained to the highest standards

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Wanganui Conference Bureau STRETCH YOUR CONFERENCE BUDGET WITHOUT HAVING TO COMPROMISE. Planning a small to medium sized conference, meeting, incentive or event? The Wanganui Conference Bureau can assist you with the following professional services: » Free and neutral advice on conference facilities which meet your budget and delegate expectations » Introductions to support services that can ensure the success of your conference or event » Assistance with bid documentation when competing to host national or international conferences » Provision of support collateral, destination brochures, CD ROM, DVD, video and photographic imagery

» Assistance in developing accompanying persons’ programs and advice on pre and post event touring options Make the Wanganui Conference Bureau your first point of contact and discover why Wanganui is one of the most affordable, progressive and scenic conference destinations New Zealand has to offer.

Contact the Wanganui Conference Bureau Wanganui District Council, 31 Taupo Quay Wanganui 4540 Ph: +64-6 349 3256 conferences@wanganui.govt.nz


You want your conference to be especially unique, memorable and valuable for your delegates. Let Mainstreet Wanganui help!

Mainstreet Wanganui We love our town and think that your delegates will come to love it to. With over 270 local businesses as our members and unique networks in the community we can help to make your conference an outstanding experience that will see participants eager to register for your next event.

FLAGS Flags look amazing and are such a colourful and exciting way to advertise your event. Whanganui has 5 strategically located flag sites that ensure people entering, exiting and passing through the city will see your flags. Prices vary according to how many flags you would like to fly and in what locations.

POINT OF DIFFERENCE ADVERTISING YOUR CONFERENCE Looking for a unique way to welcome delegates to your conference? Why not try a banner across our main street Victoria Avenue, or flags at key locations around the city?

CROSS STREET BANNERS The prime CBD location guarantees high visibility and Mainstreet has kept the costs low to make street banner advertising cost effective and simple. You can welcome your delegates in style for just $150 placement fee per week.

We understand that creating memorable experiences at your conference is important. Whanganui’s CBD with its unique heritage features, gardens and walkability would make an amazing back drop for a break out session or activity. We can assist by: • Arranging heritage tours of the CBD with local historians. • Creating a fun networking treasure hunt with local businesses. • Supplying activity sheets that delegates can use to explore the CBD. • Any other ideas you may have had that we can assist with we will be more than happy to discuss with you.

NETWORKING AND SOCIALISING We know that beautiful surroundings and affordability are crucial when planning social occasions for your conference. With our networks in the business community let us do the leg work for you and provide you with a variety of dining or cocktail options that will impress your delegates. Local knowledge can be key to thinking outside the box and discovering hidden gems to set your event apart. We are more than happy to provide options and pricing in conjunction with our members to suit your needs, just give us a call.

Mainstreet Wanganui wants to help ensure that your conference is a success.

For further information contact us: P 06 348 0157 E marketing@mainstreetwanganui.co.nz www.mainstreetwanganui.co.nz Find us on facebook and twitter www.facebook.com/mainstreetwanganui www.twitter.com/mainstreetnz

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