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Events in the Waitaki

The Waitaki plays host to a number of iconic, family-friendly events, unique in nature and setting.

In addition to showpieces such as our annual Victorian Heritage Celebrations and Fire and Steam, we have weekly farmers markets, performing arts and a whole lot more!

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Bring the family, bring your friends and come see why people love Waitaki events.

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Conferences & Business Events

The Oamaru Convention Bureau is your first port of call when planning a conference or meeting in Oamaru and the Waitaki.

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Iconic Waitaki Events

Victorian Heritage Celebrations

Oamaru's Victorian Heritage Celebrations is a wonderful annual event celebrating the Victorian Heritage of Oamaru.

Every year Oamaru celebrates Victorian Heritage with a jammed packed programme full of comedy, ball dances, tales of the past, theatrical plays and games for all ages.

There is something for everyone in this year’s Victorian Heritage Celebrations programme, with this year’s theme “a year to reflect on the intriguing world of medicine”. From comedy with Dr Arkenfarter and Professor Franken Acidspurter to dancing at the Hospital Staff Hoedown we have your evenings taken care of. Don’t miss the famous Victorian Fete, or the grand street parade which are events for all the family to enjoy. One of New Zealand’s top entertainers Guy Cater is excited to be performing a Victorian Hypnotist Show as laughter is the best medicine. Don’t miss out, book your accommodation and tickets to enjoy a week of Victoriana, heritage, entertainment and medical marvels. 

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Fire & Steam

Oamaru's Fire and Steam is a spectacular family event celebrating fire, steam and special effects which coincides with the Steampunk NZ Festival

Set in Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, see Harbour Street come to life with fire, steam, sound, lighting and special effects. With a street parade, live bands, street performers and heaps of food stalls, be captivated by the talented performers, beautiful lighting effects and a bustling atmosphere. There's plenty of extra activities for the kids, including a disco and free face painting.


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 Watch this space for details on Fire and Steam 2017...

Alps 2 Ocean Charity Ride

November 15th to 18th, 2016 - Alps 2 Ocean Charity Ride is a 4 day charity ride along the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Come join us for an epic undertaking as we traverse from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.This is a scenic ride for a good cause. Funds raised will be split 50/50 between a nominated charity and the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. This will help us with ongoing maintenance and improvements to the trail

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092 513 TEAMS

Teams will consist of between 4-8 pax. The event is designed for teams of 4, but if you can only spare a day or two for this ride there is an option to tag in/out (maximum of 8 cyclists per team).

If registering as an individual please contact the organizers for options.


Daily shuttle service of gear along the trail route will be supplied as part of your registration fee. Transport to the start and back from the finish is your own responsibility.

For those requiring transport from Christchurch or Queenstown there will be some options available at an extra cost. More info coming soon.


Accommodation is at your own expense.

092 513 MEALS

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack breaks are included in the registration fee.

092 513 BIKES

While riders are expected to bring their own bikes, cycle hire can be arranged by going directly to Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail official partner hire companies. Click here for cycle hire options.

092 513 COST

$1,800 per 4 pax team. You can register up to 8 pax per team. The additional cost after 4 pax is $450 per person.

After registration an invoice will be sent, payable within 4 weeks.

Register your team here.


It is expected that teams will conduct fundraising prior to the event. Teams are required to dress in team attire, and to register under a team name. Teams must carry coins at all time for any tolls or fines imposed on them (beware schoolchildren with donation buckets!).

092 513 CHARITY

Regarding the charity, funds raised will go 50% to A2O, and 50% to a nominated charity. Teams will be required to register their team using an online registration. More info coming soon.