Waterfall, 1964, Image courtesy of theColin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

Colin McCahon is generally considered to be one of New Zealand’s most inventive and influential artists. The gallery collection is an intensely private insight into McCahon.

Forrester Gallery
15 October 2016 to 11 December 2016

"Gorgeous little museum" - Grace & Chris (Museum visitor book)

Top Ten: Cookbooks

All of these books are available to borrow at the Waitaki District Libraries. They are shelved in the non-fiction section in the 600’s.

Rowan Holt: Free Forms

Free Forms draws upon an artistic language based upon architecture and craft traditions.

15 October 2016 to 11 December 2016

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

Lane's Pharmacy, Tees St, Oamaru. Waitaki District Archive 722

This year the theme of Oamaru’s Victorian Heritage Celebrations is medicine in the Victorian era.

'Electrifying'... 'extraordinarily animated'... 'featuring rare and natural charisma'...

Oamaru Opera House
3 February 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Joshua Olley: Handle With Care

This series of work is about care, balance and respect.
Not just towards ourselves and our friends, but all people across all aspects of our lives.

Forrester Gallery
22 October 2016 to 11 December 2016
Bing Dawe, Small Fry from out of a Night sky – From the Family Galaxiidae Inanga- Galaxias, Maculatus, 2015

Celebrating the art of small-scale sculpture with a display of contemporary medal art featuring more than 200 medals crafted by 33 New Zealand artists over the last 25 years.

Forrester Gallery
17 December 2016 to 12 February 2017

"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)

Sir Ernest Rutherford visit to Waitaki Boys High School 1925, Waitaki District Archive P0030.36.3

Ernest Rutherford and Frank Milner met during Milner’s first year at Nelson College. It was the start of a friendly association that lasted until Rutherford’s death in 1937.

We have moved some of our most exciting collection items from our permanent gallery space (now closed) to our temporary gallery.

North Otago Museum
3 May 2016 to 31 December 2016
Jenna Packer, Oamaru Purchase, 2012 Collection of the Forrester Gallery 2015.7.1

An exhibition exploring the idea of Landscape.

Forrester Gallery
10 December 2016 to 12 March 2017

Victoria Cooper Academy of Dance present the classic story of Peter Pan with dancers of all ages.

Two shows: 1pm & 5.30pm.

Oamaru Opera House
11 December 2016 - 1:00pm
Listen Yourself Well

Kia ora koutou,

3 November 2016 - 2:45pm to 1 January 2017 - 2:45pm
Wriggle and Rhyme

Wriggle & Rhyme is an active movement programme for 0-2 year olds and caregivers.

Old Friends: costume favourites from the North Otago Museum collection

An exhibition of favourites from the costume collection selected by longstanding Museum volunteer Alison Sofield.

Forrester Gallery
10 December 2016 to 29 January 2017

​In 2019 a new cultural facility will open its doors to the community and visitors to our district. To create the new facility, we plan to redevelop the current Forrester Gallery. 

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

Want to improve your child's reading confidence and help them enjoy reading? Why not try reading to Ace, the Golden Lab?

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


Do you love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Come along to the BookChat group at Palmerston Library! We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm.