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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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.

The 2019 celebrations will take place from 14th- 17th November 


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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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Harbour Street Jazz Festival

Every Otago Anniversary weekend in Oamaru, a talented lineup of musicians gather to perform and entertain!

With a fantastic variation of gigs and performances throughout town of the course of the weekend, there's something in the mix for everyone - jazz aficionados and amateurs alike!

The festival is rapidly expanding and has become a centerpiece event on the District events calendar. Be sure to book your accommodation in advance!


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