Visit Waitaki Museum

The Museum is located at 60 Thames Street, Ōamaru.  Please check out our what’s on and Facebook pages for updates.

Usual opening times: Tuesday to Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Weekends and public holidays including Waitangi Day and Matariki 10:00am - 12:30pm. 
Closed Mondays (unless a public holiday) and Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Entry Free | Donations Welcome. The Waitaki Museum is funded by the Waitaki District Council.

The Archive is also located at 60 Thames Street, Ōamaru. You can contact us with enquiries by telephone (034330852) and by email

Usual opening times: Tuesday to Friday from 1.00pm - 4.00pm. Archive reference material is available weekends and public holidays 10.00am to 12.30pmClosed Mondays. 

During May, June and July the Waitaki Archive will open for enquiries the first weekend of each month. Archive staff will be available Saturday and Sunday 10am to 12:30pm in the Archive enquiry area on the ground floor of the Waitaki Museum. 

We recommend that you contact us beforehand if you have a detailed research project to ensure the best possible service and access. Note: Some archives contain private information about individuals and as such restrictions on access apply. Please contact the archive to find out if restrictions apply to your particular query.