Historic stamper battery housing in Macraes

A Waitaki Whitestone Aspiring Global Geopark presentation.  Join us to learn more about the geology of the gold bearing rock, the gold rush history at Macraes and the mining process at today's gold

Oāmaru Public Library
19 July 2021 - 11:30am
Te Reo Maori Class July 2021

Come along to a free Te Reo Māori Class Thursday July 8th from 1:00 - 2:30pm

Will be held in the children’s area of the Ōamaru Public Library.

Everyone welcome

Ōamaru Public Library
8 July 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
APERTURE – the life and work of Ans Westra

In 1957, Ans Westra emigrated from the Netherlands to New Zealand and began to take photos of her new homeland.

Oamaru Opera House
27 July 2021 - 7:30pm

"Extremely well put together exhibit and beautiful building"
- Elaine, NZ (Forrester visitor book)

Image: Ōamaru Bridge Club Building, Ōamaru New Hospital, WDC, St Lukes Church, Blind Hall, Blind Hall, Church Vicarage, St Johns Shop, Christopher John Wright, 2019

Christopher Wright is a well-known artist in Ōamaru. He has exhibited in group exhibitions, entered and won many awards in art competitions and participated in the local Ōamaru Stone Symposium.

Forrester Gallery
17 July 2021 to 22 August 2021
Image: Inspiration (detail), Rod Eales, oil on board

Rod Eales splits her time between painting and teaching.

Forrester Gallery
26 June 2021 to 22 August 2021
Image: Jenny Miller, It’s been a good year 1980, Ceramic. Collection of the Forrester Gallery.

Jenny Miller was a potter who lived in Oamaru during the 1980s. She brought fun and fantasy to pottery in Oamaru with no regard for practicality.

Forrester Gallery
11 June 2021 to 22 August 2021
Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

Take a wild ride to paradise with Indian Ink’s powerful new play about impermanence – of life, love…. and ice cream!

Oamaru Opera House
25 August 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm

"Excellent assistance, I found exactly what I wanted. Many thanks."
-Stephen (Archive visitor book)

Brainwave Trust Talk: What does your child really need?

What does you child really need?

A child needs consistent, responsive, loving care from parents in their lives.

Ōamaru Public Library
2 August 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Image: Indigo group members

Indigo is an artist led informal collaboration of eight Central Otago artists.

Forrester Gallery
19 June 2021 to 22 August 2021
Brent Harpur: Cartoonist and Author of the Blue Butterfly Art Studio & Learning Space + special guests.

Come along to celebrate Brent Harpur’s 30th year of teaching art and the launch of his e-book ‘How to Draw Cartoon Animals’.


Ōamaru Public Library
28 July 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Photo of an open book

Our enthusiastic Book Chat group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 2:15pm at Oamaru Library. Come along to discuss your latest reads and get a sneak peek at our brand new books!

"There are many moments in the day when I wish time could stand still and I could take the girls out of school and just hang out, with daily visits to the library"
Jan (email comment)

detail of museum exhibition

The front of the Waitaki Museum & Archive is now open again. After having this space closed for refurbishment it is a joy to be welcoming visitors back to the museum.

Collections Online

Explore our Collection The collection includes photographs, artworks, architectural drawings, natural history specimens, social history items and more.

"A wonderful selection of inspiring art!"
- Carol, UK (Forrester visitor book)