Story: Whanganui region

Royal Whanganui Opera House

Royal Whanganui Opera House

Whanganui’s opera house, built in 1899, is New Zealand’s oldest municipal opera house. It was opened by premier Richard John Seddon in 1900, and the first performance was the show Sporting life. Renovated in the 1990s, it was renamed the Royal Wanganui Opera House as part of the centennial celebrations in 1999. The ‘h’ was added in 2021.

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 October 2023)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 1 Jun 2015