Mike Grey, farmer, resting his hand on a limestone outcrop

Waitaki Whitestone Aspiring Global Geopark presents yet another stellar presentation.  This time by Mike Grey, who fell in love with this district when he and his wife Lyn purchased a piece of loca

Ōamaru Public Library
17 June 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Jac: ‘A Gathering’/’Walking Spirits’ Album Release tour

The Jac is back!

Oamaru Opera House
18 June 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm
David Bowie & the Art of Being Different

Dr Ian Chapman & the Cosmic Jive Trio present David Bowie & the Art of Being Different.

Oamaru Opera House
4 July 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm

Waitaki District Libraries offers a range of online services and access points - from eBooks to eAudiobooks, Ancestry.com to movie streaming, we hope there is enough here to keep you occupied for h

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
Poet Rachel J. Fenton presents: 'Beerstorming with Charlotte Brontë in New York'

Come along to support poet Rachel J.

Ōamaru Public Library
29 June 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Image: poster from 12: Portraits from our Collection, Forrester Gallery, 2021

Welcome to a wonderlab exhibition!

Forrester Gallery
24 April 2021 to 20 June 2021

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

Image: Anticipation, Šárka Cibulcová

Šárka Cibulcová is a multi-talented Czech artist living in Ōamaru. Her work draws heavily on nature, reminding her to slow down and reconnect with the outdoors.

Forrester Gallery
5 June 2021 to 11 July 2021

"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.

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

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

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!

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