What's on at Culture Waitaki


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.

Genealogy Help

Interested to know more about your family? Join others and learn from the experts.

Learn how to record family information.

Need help researching your ancestors?

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. Limited places available.

Puzzle Club

Love to do jigsaw puzzles and want to meet others?

Come to the Community Space at the Oamaru Library, keep warm this winter and indulge your passion in puzzling.

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.


  • Forrester Gallery temporary closure

    Please note the Forrester Gallery is currently closed for remediation and maintenance work until further notice.

    11 December, 2018

    Forrester Gallery to Close over Xmas and New Year for Maintenance

    Forrester Gallery
    12 December 2018 to 1 January 2019
  • Image: WWI Victory Medal (detail), Collection of the North Otago Museum 85/129

    Armistice Day. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

    North Otago Museum
    12 November 2018 to 15 February 2019
  • Fluming in Glen Street, 1917. Photograph. Waitaki District Archive 349.

    The early story of electricity supply in Oamaru is a small commemorative display marking 100 years of the Waitaki electricity scheme.

    North Otago Museum
    12 November 2018 to 15 February 2019
  • Colin Wheeler

    Does everyone see the same thing? What do you see when you wander around the historic harbour area of Oamaru? Do you even really look? This exhibition features two Oamaruvians, living sixty years apart, who saw something worth capturing in photography and painting.

    Forrester Gallery
    3 January 2019 to 17 February 2019
  • Colin McCahon: from the collection

    Colin McCahon is New Zealand’s most famous modernist painter. The Forrester Gallery has a small but significant collection of works by McCahon. This exhibition features two new acquisitions to the collection kindly gifted by Ron and Margaret Parker in 2017.

    Forrester Gallery
    3 January 2019 to 17 February 2019
  • Tākaro: Play @ wonderlab

    Tākaro is a fully interactive exhibition featuring a paua shell play house, a giant puzzle, marble run, weaving and games. It will be a super place for families to visit and take visitors during summer.

    Forrester Gallery
    3 January 2019 to 20 April 2019
  • Sharon Mitchell - Reflections from The Lion King

    Self-taught Figurative Cloth Doll Artist, tutor and pattern maker Sharon Mitchell has been inspired by the story of the Lion King for her first exhibition at the Forrester Gallery. She uses human and animal figures to portray the story and express the connectivity of a community.

    Forrester Gallery
    9 March 2019 to 21 April 2019