Culture & Heritage

Go back in time and experience a past gone-by.

Oamaru and the Waitaki have a rich history and heritage, evident throughout the district in many ways. From Victorian streetscapes and Maori history to Steampunk and gorgeous galleries; discover a world of culture where you will want to return.

Steampunk HQ

Steampunk HQ is a unique museum of art, sound & light showing an altered universe set within an 1880’s Grain Elevator building in Oamaru. Featuring The Portal, a retro-futuristic mirror and lighting installation with original glowing light sculptures.

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Takiroa Rock Art

Follow in the footsteps of our Maori forefathers who navigated the length of the Waitaki River and sheltered under limestone cliffs by visiting an ancient Takiroa Maori Rock Art site.

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Whitestone City

Located in the heart of Victorian Oamaru and fit-out in the style of a colonial town, where activities, displays, merchants, and an array of people in costume provide a glimpse of what Oamaru would have been like in the town’s early days.

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