What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Forrester

    The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Forrester Inc will be held as follows;

    Date: Tuesday 14 July 2020
    Time: 5:00pm
    Venue: Forrester Gallery

    14 July 2020 - 5:00pm
  • Winter Holidays

    Drop in Games and Lego: Use the library's Lego and try out games like Guess Who?, Bananagrams, Card and Memory games, Twister, Hedbanz, Snakes & Ladders, Jenga, Monopoly & more.

    Oamaru Library
    8 July 2020 - 10:30am to 16 July 2020 - 11:15am
  • From Zealandia to Oamaru

    The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark presents: From Zealandia to Oamaru
    An introduction to the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Proposal.

    Ōamaru Library
    16 July 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tumble Resources

    The wonderful team at TumbleBooks have given all New Zealand Libraries free access to their children's, teens, adults eBooks and eaudiobooks!

    1 April 2020 - 12:45pm to 31 August 2020 - 11:00pm



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.

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.

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. Sessions will resume on June 18.

Wriggle & Rhyme is an active movement programme for 0-2 year olds and caregivers.


  •  Anne Marie Basquin, The Changing Oceans: Deepwater Canyons, Our Oceans Exhibition 2020

    29 artists and 20 scientists collaborate to bring you artworks exploring research by scientists.

    This exhibition is an art and science collaboration from the Dunedin School of Art and Otago Polytechnic.

    Forrester Gallery
    13 June 2020 to 19 July 2020
  • Image: Zuna Wright, New stone house #2, 2010,Gouache on paper, 635x982mm. Collection of the Forrester Gallery 2010.6.1

    Welcome back to your place. An exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the Forrester Gallery exploring the concepts of place and identity. 

    Forrester Gallery
    13 June 2020 to 19 July 2020
  • Image: 'The Stormcloud - Bushey Beach', Amos Glass, collection of the Forrester Gallery FG1992.5.1

    The works in this small exhibition inside the old bank vault are all from the Forrester Gallery collection and all depict the sea near Ōamaru – by the harbour, or just south at Bushey Beach and Cape Wanbrow.

    13 June 2020 to 6 September 2020