Upcoming Events:

  • In Absentia
    In Absentia

    7:00PM Monday, 1 September

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  • In Absentia
    In Absentia

    7:00PM Tuesday, 2 September

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  • ARTS ON TOUR - Beauty and the Bro
    ARTS ON TOUR - Beauty and the Bro

    7:30PM Wednesday, 3 September

  • Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver
    Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver

    8:00PM Monday, 8 September

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  • The Nukes Album Launch NZ Tour
    The Nukes Album Launch NZ Tour

    7:00PM Friday, 19 September

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  • The Grand Ole Topp'ery - Topp Twins
    The Grand Ole Topp'ery - Topp Twins

    8:00PM Friday, 3 October

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  • Promise and Promiscuity
    Promise and Promiscuity

    7:30PM Friday, 10 October

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  • You Can Always Hand Them Back by Roger Hall
    You Can Always Hand Them Back by Roger Hall

    7:30PM Tuesday, 14 October

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  • THE IRISH ROVERS Farewell to Rovin' Tour
    THE IRISH ROVERS Farewell to Rovin' Tour

    7:30PM Thursday, 16 October

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  • Tim Finn White Cloud
    Tim Finn White Cloud

    8:00PM Saturday, 18 October

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  • Russian National Dance Show "KOSTROMA"
    Russian National Dance Show "KOSTROMA"

    5:00PM Saturday, 22 November

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  • NZSO In The Hall of the Mountain King
    NZSO In The Hall of the Mountain King

    7:30PM Friday, 28 November

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  • The Great Gatsby Christmas Party
    The Great Gatsby Christmas Party

    8:00PM Saturday, 6 December

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Shows, meeting spaces, conferencing, weddings, private functions & more...

About

The Opera House is a unique place to hold your next performance, conference, meeting or wedding.

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

For over a century the Opera House has represented the heart, soul and passions of Oamaru. It has been a hub for social, political and cultural activity and continues to evolve as a venue for performing arts, functions and conferences.

The building was officially opened on October 7, 1907 and remains largely in its original condition, having been restored in 2010, winning a NZIA Heritage award.

New Zealand Institute of Architects heritage award 2010

Venues

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Eight spaces as flexible as we are.

Layout Options
Theatre diagram Banquet diagram Cocktail diagram Boardroom diagram Classroom diagram
  Theatre Banquet Cocktail Boardroom Classroom
The Whitestone Contracting Auditorium 548 - - - -
The Footlights Stage 120 - 250 150 100
The O.D.T Ink Box 102 90 150 - 50
The Grand Foyer - - 155 - -
The Whitestone Cheese Empire Room 100 90 140 - 45
The Chambers 50 30 70 15 20
The Meridian Board Room - - - 16 16
The Study - - - 5 -
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How can we help?

Have a question? Need guidance planning your next event? Whether it's a wedding, a conference or a dance recital, our Opera House staff are here to help you make it happen.

Our team have over 20 years experience in event planning & management. We work with small groups of 5 to large audiences of over 500, whether it be a small business meeting, or a rock concert, we have the staff on hand to help you get your next event up and running. Contact one of our staff below to start planning your next event.

Megan Peacock Coyle

Megan Peacock Coyle

Director

DDI. 03 433 0781
M. 027 703 8196
mpeacockcoyle@waitaki.govt.nz

Greg Lovatt

Greg Lovatt

Technical Manager
DDI. 03 433 0782
M. 021 041 8367
glovatt@waitaki.govt.nz

Kiriana Glasson

Kiriana Glasson

Marketing Manager

DDI. 03 433 0783
M. 021 360 474
kglasson@waitaki.govt.nz

Viv Gamble

Viv Gamble

Administrator

DDI. 03 433 0784
M. 027 590 0930
vgamble@waitaki.govt.nz

Ron Harris

Ron Harris

Events Support
M. 027 7032 899
rharris@waitaki.govt.nz

Venue & Technical guide

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Contact

90 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400
Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444

P. +64 3 433 0779
F. 64 3 433 0106
E. oamaruoperahouse@waitaki.govt.nz

Ticketdirect Box Office:
08004ticket
ticketdirect.co.nz

Hours

Administration Office: 8:30am to 5pm weekdays

Box Office: 10am to 4pm weekdays, 10am to 1pm Saturday, and one hour prior to performances

The Grand Foyer - Encore Coffee Bar: 8.30 am to 3.30pm weekdays and by request.

 

Whats on?

Shows & Events

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In Absentia
In Absentia

Tablo Theatre Company’s current puppetry production, In Absentia, is a hauntingly evocative piece, at once intimate and universal, tragic and surreally outrageous. It uses everything from life-size puppets to miniatures to automata to shadow puppetry, plus an array of beguiling staging devices, to present a mesmerizing glimpse into the world of dementia through the recollections, struggles and recriminations of a mother and her son.

7:00PM Monday, 1 September

In Absentia
In Absentia

Tablo Theatre Company’s current puppetry production, In Absentia, is a hauntingly evocative piece, at once intimate and universal, tragic and surreally outrageous. It uses everything from life-size puppets to miniatures to automata to shadow puppetry, plus an array of beguiling staging devices, to present a mesmerizing glimpse into the world of dementia through the recollections, struggles and recriminations of a mother and her son.

7:00PM Tuesday, 2 September

ARTS ON TOUR - Beauty and the Bro
ARTS ON TOUR - Beauty and the Bro

With James Nokise, two-time Tui finalist Mel Parsons and Gerry Paul in an intimate live show.

Having spent much of that time on the lucrative UK Comedy Circuit, James now returns with Soso Gangsta - his hilarious show about New Zealand Gang Culture and the way society responds to it.

Parsons will take you on a journey through quiet and heartfelt folk ballads through to rollicking country foot-stompers.

7:30PM Wednesday, 3 September

Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver
Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver

Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver takes you on a musical journey of one of the world's most captivating and celebrated men. Through the exclusive film footage, his love for life, and concerns for the environment are poignantly portrayed in this stage presentation.

8:00PM Monday, 8 September

The Nukes Album Launch NZ Tour
The Nukes Album Launch NZ Tour

The Nukes are back, ramping up the uranium levels with the eagerly awaited album no.2.2 'Lucky Ones'.
In the tradition of a road trip, they are preparing to cover squillions of kilometres, consume gallons of fuel and litres of lager to flog their album while strumming up a weather bomb in your hood this winter.
Yip, it’s The Nukes, 'Strumble in the Jungle' album release tour. September dates involves the Naki, the Capital and a ferry crossing.

7:00PM Friday, 19 September

The Grand Ole Topp'ery - Topp Twins
The Grand Ole Topp'ery - Topp Twins

Well-loved NZ entertainers Lynda and Jools Topp are taking to the road this October with a new show that will pay homage to Country Music greats and also celebrate original Kiwi country with the next generation of alt-country music stars joining them on stage, Delaney Davidson, Marlon Williams, Tami Neilson, The Johnnys and guests.

8:00PM Friday, 3 October

Promise and Promiscuity
Promise and Promiscuity

by Penny Ashton and Jane Austen
Follow the fortunes of Miss Elspeth Slowtree as she battles literary snobbery, her mother's nerves and Cousin Horatio, all armed with a superior wit, blushing countenance and generally being quite bright you know for a girl. Balls will be attended, crosses will be stitched and manners will be minded, all with not one ankle in sight.

7:30PM Friday, 10 October

You Can Always Hand Them Back by Roger Hall
You Can Always Hand Them Back by Roger Hall

Directed by Dan Pengelly, Music & Lyrics by Peter Skellern, Featuring Lynda Milligan Achingly Funny New Zealand Comedy.
Roger Hall, NZs Favourite playwright, takes you on a light-hearted journey through the joys and horrors of grandparenthood, with all its painful pleasures. Reirees Maurice and Kath juggle golf, gin and four tine terrors, to the wry tunes of Peter Skellern.

7:30PM Tuesday, 14 October

THE IRISH ROVERS Farewell to Rovin' Tour
THE IRISH ROVERS Farewell to Rovin' Tour

Since 1964, The Irish Rovers have become cherished music icons, have touched three generations of music lovers, and brought Ireland into North American living rooms with their three television series that spanned more than 20 years.

7:30PM Thursday, 16 October

Tim Finn White Cloud
Tim Finn White Cloud

By Tim Finn and Ken Duncum with film by Sue Healey
Performed by Tim Finn

White Cloud is an immersive, poetic musical journey of discovery. It is without a narrative in the traditional sense, more a series of impressions which together tell a larger story.

8:00PM Saturday, 18 October

Russian National Dance Show "KOSTROMA"
Russian National Dance Show "KOSTROMA"

Direct from RUSSIA "KOSTROMA" premieres in New Zealand in November 2014.

This DAZZLING MASTERPIECE featuring 45 elite dancers, masterly techniques, 600 lavish costumes and over 15 breathtaking scenes. 'KOSTROMA' takes the audience on a bewitching journey from the Arctic north to the southern Steppes, the peaks of the Caucasus to the depths of Siberia.

5:00PM Saturday, 22 November

NZSO In The Hall of the Mountain King
NZSO In The Hall of the Mountain King

Ben Northey - Conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan - Cello

MOZART Symphony No 31 Paris
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme

Interval

GRIEG Holberg Suite
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No 1

7:30PM Friday, 28 November

The Great Gatsby Christmas Party
The Great Gatsby Christmas Party

A Christmas party like never before

Mention the name Gatsby and it conjures images of parties, excesses of every kind, glamour, glitz and a society fuelled by impulse and desire.

It was 1920s New York and Gatsby’s parties were legendary.

That legend continues this Christmas in New Zealand with a cabaret show that recreates the hedonism of the Gatsby era with “wild parties” in venues around New Zealand. A sumptuous cabaret inspired by the great American novel of 1925.

8:00PM Saturday, 6 December

Historic Oamaru

Oamaru Town

“Victorian heritage at work.”

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

For over a century the Opera House has represented the heart, soul and passions of Oamaru. It has been a hub for social, political and cultural activity and continues to evolve as a venue for performing arts, functions and conferences.

The building was officially opened on October 7, 1907 and remains largely in its original condition, having been restored in 2010, winning a NZIA Heritage award.

There are a huge amount of reasons why you MUST VISIT Oamaru and the Waitaki District. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty and with some of New Zealand’s best 19th century architecture, the district offers visitors a welcoming and friendly environment with a huge range of experiences to participate in and ENJOY. Because that is what it is all about – having a break, enjoying our wonderful landscapes, activities and attractions and having fun with family and friends. We look forward to welcoming you to our district.

Great connections with international airports means you can check out some of our region's amazing sights on the way into town!

Contact

90 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400
Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444

P. +64 3 433 0779
F. 64 3 433 0106
E. oamaruoperahouse@waitaki.govt.nz

Ticketdirect Box Office:
08004ticket
ticketdirect.co.nz

Hours

Administration Office: 8:30am to 5pm weekdays

Box Office: 10am to 4pm weekdays, 10am to 1pm Saturday, and one hour prior to performances

The Grand Foyer - Encore Coffee Bar: 8.30 am to 3.30pm weekdays and by request.