The groups and organisations listed on this page offer a range of activities and sports for disabled people. Sport Whanganui updates this list periodically – if you would like to add your club or activity please contact Sarah Craig, Sport Whanganui Diversity & Inclusion Lead, on 027 282 6717. A downloadable PDF is also available below.

Whanganui Disability Activity Directory as at April 2024 (PDF 294 KB)

Age Concern

Steady-As-You-Go Classes: A combination of strength and balance exercise, stretching and light cardiovascular exercises based on the Otago Exercise Programme. Participants have a chair for support. Ideal for beginners. $3-4 per session. Classes in Whagnanui, Rangitīkei and Waimarino. Contact Janet at Age Concern Whanganui on 06 345 1799 or email at  

Blind, Low Vision Whanganui

Walking Group – Monday 10.30am. Leaves from the Blind, Low Vision Building in Peat Street. Transport and extra support are available for those who need it. Tea and coffee afterwards. Please contact Sarah Small on 022 015 7515 or 

Indoor Bowls – Sunday 1.00pm. Transport is available. Phone Russell Lowry on 027 502 2247 or Sarah Fallen on 021 122 2551 for more information. 

Tandem Bike – This is available for hire for a small charge. Contact Sarah Small on 022 015 7515 for more details. 

Blind Sport Kit – The Blind Sport NZ Kit includes a range of accessible sports equipment, a comprehensive instruction manual and a teacher’s resource. The kit is available to borrow free of charge. See more details here on the Blind Sport NZ website – a booking form is at the bottom of the page. Ensure you choose the Whanganui kit, which is housed at Blind Low Vision Whanganui in Peat St, adjacent to the netball courts. 

Dance 4 Us Drop In (15+ years old)

Dance 4 Us Whanganui: Wednesday. 1:00 – 2:00pm, Harrison St Church at 98 Harrison Street, Whanganui. 
Cost: Gold Coin Koha. Check out the Dance Therapy NZ website for more information.

Sailability Whanganui 

We offer sailing opportunities to disabled people of all ages and operate at Pauri Lake just south of Whanganui. We are closely aligned to Wanganui Sailing Club. Volunteers are always welcome. Contact 021 803 744 or 06 345 7155. 

Sense Rugby

An occupational therapy led rugby programme designed to help disabled tamariki and rangatahi. Mondays during term time 3.30 – 4.30pm (ages 5-8 years) and 4.30 – 5.30pm (ages 8+ years). Contact for more details.

Whanganui Unique Children’s Support Group

Gym sessions for families who have children with special needs. This is a safe and fun environment where kids can meet new friends and burn off some excess energy. Siblings welcome as well. Children must be supervised by an adult. No prior booking required. Gold coin donation. 4.00pm to 5.30pm on specified Saturdays at the Whanganui Boys and Girls Gym club. Contact Sue Kenny on 06 343 7583 or 027 3480 106 or Peter Smith 06 343 8263. 

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball is played using a sports wheelchair (provided), with rules similar to standard basketball.  Our sessions are at a community level, and we welcome people with or without disabilities to join in. Run by Sport Whanganui. Usually on Thursday evening at 5.30pm. Contact Sarah Craig at or 027 282 6717.

Counter Punch for Parkinson’s

This class has been developed by Lisa Gombinksky Roach and Shane Cameron to get people with Parkinsons involved in boxing classes. It has a strong focus on improving balance, leg strength, general fitness, and all-round confidence. It is a fun and energetic class. Partners and friends of those with Parkinson’s are also encouraged to attend and join in the class. 

Whanganui Riding for the Disabled

“Confidence, independence and wellbeing for people with disabilities through therapeutic horse riding and horse care.” Contact Robyn on 027 342 9826. Check us out on Facebook at 

Adaptive Snow Sports – Whakapapa

Snow Sports NZ also offers an adaptive membership which gives members access to discounted lift tickets, lessons, equipment hire and volunteer support to help make snow sports more accessible. More information can be found on our website (please note, 2024 memberships will re-open on 15 May here). Beth, the new Adaptive Supervisor at will be able to answer your questions and assist you with any bookings.

Special Olympics Whanganui

Basketball – Wednesday 5.00pm at Rutherford Junior School. $2 per session. Contact Ashlee Murphy or 027 825 7495. 

Swimming – Thursday 5.30pm at Splash Centre. $2 per session. Contact Jan Biblitz or 022 018 7535. 

Golf – Tuesday 3.30pm at Tawhero Golf Club. Contact Ivan Howe or 027 484 7559. 

Powerlifting – Monday 5.30pm at Rivercity Boxing. Contact Sharnell Stevenson – or 027 649 4588. 

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Chair Yoga Combo

Postures are modified seated on a chair or you can use the chair for support in standing asanas, especially balance and strength work. Floor work for the final 15 minutes is an option which many enjoy. The choice is yours. Each time is different – this journey is one we do together and one that is personal. Suitable for all levels, beginners to experienced. 

  • Where: Hakeke Library Hub 
  • When: Thursday at 1.15pm 
  • Cost: $5 per session 
  • Contact: Marian Takarangi-Gavaghan or 021 073 1802.


There is a list of activity classes for a number of diverse needs on the LiveStronger website. For listings within Whanganui visit:

Whanganui Creative Space

WCS is a community Art studio in Whanganui working with diverse-abilities & mental wellbeing. Check us out on Facebook – or email

Living in the Music 

For those who want to jam on musical instruments. The group meets regularly at the Musicians Club. For more information email