What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • New Zealand Guitar Quartet

    An Arts on Tour NZ show.

    Oamaru Opera House
    27 June 2019 - 7:00pm
  • Winter Holidays

    Try out games like Guess Who?, Bananagrams, Card and Memory games, Twister, Hedbanz, Snakes & Ladders, Jenga, Monopoly & more

    Oamaru Library
    9 July 2019 - 9:30am to 11 July 2019 - 11:15am
  • Book Launch: The Gulf Between

    Come along and meet the author Maxie Alterio as she launches her new book 'The Gulf Between'

    Maxine Alterio is a short fiction writer, novelist and an academic mentor.

    Oamaru Library
    11 July 2019 - 6:00pm
  • Forrester Gallery and North Otago Museum Winter Holiday programme: Peace Project

    Forrester Gallery and North Otago Museum Winter Holiday programme
    Peace Project: wonderlab

    15 July 2019 - 11:00am
  • Lizzi Tremayne Talk

    Lizzi Tremayne will give an illustrated talk about her life and books.

    “Unpretentious, eminently readable contemporary and historical fiction … by a horse vet!”

    Oamaru Library
    18 July 2019 - 6:00pm
  • Carnivorous Plant Society

    Auckland’s brightest musicians combined.

    Oamaru Opera House
    24 July 2019 - 7:30pm
  • Image: Sharon Mitchell, from left to right, Rafiki , Simba , Zazu, 2018, mixed media.

    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.

    26 July 2019 - 6:00pm
  • The Clearing

    Emerging from the creative brilliance of choreographer Ross McCormack, The Clearing is a full-length work performed by renowned national dance company, Footnote New Zealand Dance.

    Oamaru Opera House
    28 July 2019 - 7:00pm
  • Meremere

    Performed by critically acclaimed dancer and performer, Rodney Bell (Ngati Maniapoto), Meremere merges spoken word, music, dance and multimedia design to tell his story.

    Oamaru Opera House
    8 August 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm



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.


  • 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 30 June 2019
  • Image credit: www.lobofactory.com

    Steampunk HQ and the Forrester Gallery combine to present an exhibition to celebrate 10 years of Steampunk in Oamaru. From award winning wearable art to portable brains this riveting show will blaze your furnace and spark your engine.

    Steampunk HQ
    11 May 2019 to 28 July 2019
  • Image credit: Burns Memorial 2018 poster winners, Brodie Holywell, Rory Bailey, Cam Notman, Weston School.

    The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is always a wonderful showcase of children’s art that reflects our community and environment. Named to honour George Burns, an Oamaru born journalist with a passion for children’s’ art, it was his belief that “Art is not a luxury.

    31 August 2019 to 6 October 2019