What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • Book Launch: Local author Christine Carrell's “Harvest”

    Harvest is a social history which chronicles changes in New Zealand life from the 1930s to 1970s.
    It relates the struggle between tradition and change.

    Oamaru Library
    29 May 2018 - 6:00pm
  • New Zealand Music Month 2018

    Come and celebrate New Zealand Music Month at the Oamaru Library with lunch time performances:

    Oamaru Library
    1 May 2018 - 9:30am to 31 May 2018 - 5:30pm
  • Book launch: Penguins under the Porch

    David Harbourne’s memoir includes a quirky, hilarious, anecdotal “ode” to Oamaru.
    He believes that Oamaru is the jewel in New Zealand’s crown.

    Oamaru Library
    31 May 2018 - 6:00pm
  • North Otago Creative Fibre

    Come and meet members of the North Otago Creative Fibre group at the Oamaru Public Library…

    Oamaru Library
    9 June 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • The Filipino culture and arts will be presented live on 9 June 2018 at the prestigious Oamaru Opera House, in collaboration with the Waitaki Multicultural Council and with special guest Joseph Balfe.

    Oamaru Opera House
    9 June 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Mental Illness in Fiction

    What is the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath? Why do traumatised people behave the way they do? What is the difference between being depressed and feeling depressed?

    Oamaru Library
    14 June 2018 - 6:00pm
  • From Musical Theatre Oamaru...

    A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

    Oamaru Opera House
    13 July 2018 - 7:30pm to 21 July 2018 - 10:30pm


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


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!


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.

Mad about Lego? Join the Lego Club at Oamaru Library!
Ages 7 and up. Limited places available.

Toddler Time

Stories and music for preschoolers and parents/caregivers. Come along to our fun, free sessions at Oamaru Library, every Thursday from 10:45-11:15am.

Wriggle and Rhyme

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

It runs Fridays during term times from 10:30-11:00am at The Oamaru Opera House.

Kids Book Club

Love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Children aged 7-10 have the opportunity to increase their confidence in reading aloud to a dog who loves stories called Willow.


  • Sprocket & Gear: Elements of Steampunk

    The wonderlab presents Sprocket & Gear: Elements of Steampunk

    Forrester Gallery
    17 March 2018 to 4 June 2018
  • The Print Laboratory welcomes: The News Network  #2

    In this exhibition Print artists from Australia and New Zealand explore current debate in modern news media about global events and conflicts and how these might be re-presented in contemporary fine art.

    Forrester Gallery
    21 April 2018 to 4 June 2018
  • Above the Long White Cloud : Whites Aviation Ltd

    In 1945 Leo White combined his love of photography and flying to establish Whites Aviation, a company that went on to change the way many New Zealanders saw the land in which they lived.

    Forrester Gallery
    9 June 2018 to 22 July 2018
  • Ryan Moore : Griptape and a can of paint

    Portraits created by local artist Ryan Moore, on display in the Community Gallery. A self-taught artist, Moore has developed and refined his craft over 20 years painting on skateboards.

    Forrester Gallery
    2 June 2018 to 29 July 2018
  • Confidence

    An exhibition featuring recent acquisitions to the cultural collections of the Gallery, Museum and Archive.

    Forrester Gallery
    4 August 2018 to 16 September 2018
  • Life and Limb : Oamaru Life Drawing Group

    An exhibition of Life Drawing in the Community Gallery.

    Forrester Gallery
    4 August 2018 to 30 September 2018
  • 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 October 2018
  • Our Built Heritage

    A multi-faceted exhibition about place and the heritage buildings of Oamaru. View artworks and architectural drawings from our collection. Absorb the heritage values of the Forrester Gallery building itself.

    Forrester Gallery
    17 March 2018 to 30 November 2018