What's on at Culture Waitaki


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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.

Genealogy Help

Interested to know more about your family?

Join others and learn from the experts.

Learn how to record family information.

Kids Book Club

Love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Mad about Lego? Join the Lego Club at Oamaru Library! Ages 7 and up. No longer any need to register. Held the fourth Wednesday of every month during term time. Starts at 3.45; pick-up at 4.45.

Puzzle Club

Love to do jigsaw puzzles and want to meet others? Come to the Community Space at the Oamaru Library, and indulge your passion in puzzling. Every Friday from 10 am-1pm

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

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.


  • Image: The Forrester, Zuna Wright, date unknown, Collection of the Forrester Gallery, FG2010.6.2

    Five Artists impressions of the Forrester Gallery.

    This impressive building was built in 1884 for the Bank of New South Wales. Architect Robert Lawson designed this neo-classical style building; making brilliant use of local Ōamaru stone. 

    Forrester Gallery
    9 February 2021 to 11 May 2021
  • Image: Ruby McDermott, Through Our Lens Exhibition, Forrester Gallery, 2021

    Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
    With food in your basket and food in my basket the people will thrive.

    Forrester Gallery
    24 April 2021 to 30 May 2021
  • Image: poster, 100 women, 100 words… Infinite Possibilities exhibition, Forrester Gallery, 2021

    What does a scientist look like?

    Forrester Gallery
    14 May 2021 to 8 June 2021
  • Image: Sister Skeleton Leaf, Bruce Mahalski, paper, leaf skeletons, bones and native timber

    Bruce Mahalski is a Dunedin artist, known for his illustration, street murals, and sculpture incorporating animal bones.

    Forrester Gallery
    10 April 2021 to 13 June 2021
  • Image: poster from 12: Portraits from our Collection, Forrester Gallery, 2021

    Welcome to a wonderlab exhibition!

    This wonderlab exhibition has been curated by our Designer Ingrid Cole and Educator Elizabeth King. They introduce visitors to some of the stars of our collection in a Q&A style experience.

    Forrester Gallery
    24 April 2021 to 20 June 2021
  • Image: Inspiration, Rod Eales, oil on board

    Rod Eales splits her time between painting and teaching. Her painting interests have always centred around the history of New Zealand still-life, and Portrait of an Icon: The Crown Lynn Swan showcases this interest.

    Forrester Gallery
    26 June 2021 to 22 August 2021
  • Image: European Settlement, 2020, Waitaki Museum

    In the mid 1800s, Ōamaru was a bustling outpost of the British Empire. Immigrants from different cultural and social backgrounds settled here in search of a better life.

    Waitaki Museum
    15 December 2020 to 15 December 2023
  • exhibition of the Waitaha Taoka | Stewart Willetts Family Collection

    Waitaki Museum is home to a significant collection of taoka (treasures), dating back to the earliest days of Māori settlement.

    Waitaki Museum
    15 December 2020 to 15 December 2023
  • Image: Our Land, Tō Tātau Whenua, 2020, Waitaki Museum
    The story of our land begins millions of years ago, when Waitaki, like much of New Zealand, lay under the sea.
    Waitaki Museum
    15 December 2020 to 15 December 2025