Oamaru Opera House

The beautiful Oamaru Opera House stands resplendent in historic Thames Street, an intact, heritage-listed nineteenth century streetscape.

Built over a century ago, the Oamaru Opera House has long been a hub for social, political and cultural activity, and continues to be the first choice for quality entertainment, meetings and conferencing in North Otago.

The Ōamaru Opera House, completed in Ōamaru limestone to architect J.M.Forrester’s design by local contractors H.Winsley and Son and costing some £10600, opened on 7 October 1907. Then the double storey facade housed the Ōamaru Borough Council offices on the ground floor (until 1989); upstairs were law offices as well as the Council Chamber (the latter used till 1994.) The Chamber and the auditorium of this Category II building are noted for their fine plasterwork. The Opera House in its rich history has hosted every type of civic functionas well as theatre, ballet, concerts, cinema and boxing.

The Opera House is open to the public 8:30am to 4pm weekdays and 12pm to 1pm Saturdays. Feel free to come in and have a look around.

The Oamaru Opera House will also take you from participant to spectator in luxurious old-world style, with their range of shows and performances on offer throughout the year.


Physical address :

90 Thames Street

Oamaru 9400

New Zealand

Contact :

(+64) 3 433 0779