Welcome to the Wanganui Club which was founded in 1881 by the granting of a charter from the colonial secretary of the time.
Originally a men-only Gentlemen's club, women were later admitted and now make up approximately half of the membership.
Membership has included many prominent Whanganui businessmen and women.
The first premises were in Victoria Avenue, however, in 1915 a purpose-built grand club building was opened in St Hill Street in the Edwardian style. Now known as Heritage House, entrance is through a large elegant foyer complete with an impressive grand staircase to the upper level which once housed accommodation for visiting farmers and staff quarters as well as several staterooms overlooking the portico.
Inside the club there are ornate plaster ceilings, extensive use of native timber and open brick fireplaces which are lit throughout winter.
A separate snooker room contains two full-size slate tables dating back many years and members engage in keen competition during the year surrounded by trophies contested in times gone by.
Around the club walls are delightful caricatures of former members and artwork depicting the district.
A well stocked bar with arguably Whanganui's most comprehensive selection of single malt Scotch whiskies, Gin and fine wines is well patronised. A good range of non-alcoholic options is also available.
During the year a range of members' events take place. In the winter months the Noble Rotters luncheon is a highlight. Numerous wine, port and whisky tastings also are organised. November brings the club's Melbourne Cup sweepstake. A longstanding tradition is the serving of Bluff oysters and Champagne at the AGM in July.
We welcome enquiries from prospective members.
President : Steve Caudwell
021 1188 037
Vice-president : Peter Redpath
027 270 7960
The Wanganui Club is hereby constituted with the intention of providing a compliment to the home lives of members through the enjoyment of an alternative social environment in the company of others, and of a standard/nature sought and desired by people of similar interests.
The objectives of the Club are to establish and maintain an atmosphere of mutual support and companionship among its members.
Ensure personal enjoyment for members through maintaining an atmosphere of belonging.
A candidate for Club Membership shall be proposed by one member and seconded by another, both of whom must personally know and be able to vouch for the person.
We welcome enquiries from prospective new members.