What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • pennyfarthings at the Oamaru Opera House

    Part of Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations 2018.

    Oamaru Opera House
    16 November 2018 - 10:30am
  • Survey sheet with pencil tick

    Waitaki District Libraries is running its biennial Survey, November 2018. You can TAKE THE SURVEY ONLINE HERE


    1 November 2018 - 8:00am to 16 November 2018 - 12:00pm
  • Intrepid Cycling Adventures

    The Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club presents the places they visit and the adventures they have had.
    Presented by Graeme Simpson and David Wilson.

    Oamaru Library
    16 November 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Olive Copperbottom

    A Dickensian tale of love, gin and the pox. Acclaimed performer Penny Ashton brings orphaned hero Olive, and a squalid gaggle of hilarious Victorians to crusty life.

    Oamaru Opera House
    16 November 2018 - 6:00pm
  • Captain Pinky

    Arrrrr, calling all ye wee salty scallywags! Come an’ shake ye booty with Captain Pinky and her dancing friends Jolly, Roger and Stinky the Parrot. A 55-minute treasure chest of solid gold hits to make you and your toddler shimmy ye timbers!

    Oamaru Opera House
    17 November 2018 - 10:30am
  • Poetry Slam

    Poetry Slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. Witness the most vital and energetic thing to happen to poetry in years and get ready to be transported and dazzled by dancing words as poets leave their hearts and souls on the stage.

    Oamaru Opera House
    17 November 2018 - 6:30pm


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.

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.


  • 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
  • New Perspectives on Landscape

    Hannah Joynt, Miranda Joseph, Robyn Bardas, Fiona Van Oyen and Sue Pearce are all graduates of the Dunedin School of Art, Master of Fine Arts Programme.

    Forrester Gallery
    27 October 2018 to 2 December 2018
  • Mike O'Kane : Just Playing

    Mike O'Kane takes an ironic and reflective look at war toys; he locates scale models of war materiel into Photoshopped worlds where nobody gets hurt and nothing gets broken.

    Forrester Gallery
    6 October 2018 to 9 December 2018
  • Waitaki Boys' High School Senior Graphics Project

    The Senior Graphics class at Waitaki Boys’ High School was set a brief by the Mayor of Waitaki, Mr Gary Kircher, to design a premium motel concept to be situated on Friendly Bay. This exhibition displays their work, which helped the students achieve their NCEA Level 3 qualifications.

    5 November 2018 to 30 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.

    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
    8 December 2018 to 17 February 2019