Upcoming Events:

  • Don McGlashan - Lucky Stars Album Release Tour
    Don McGlashan - Lucky Stars Album Release Tour

    8:00PM Friday, 3 July

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  • Kelvin Cruickshanks presents Soul Food Oamaru
    Kelvin Cruickshanks presents Soul Food Oamaru

    7:00PM Thursday, 9 July

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  • The Bookbinder
    The Bookbinder

    6:00PM Tuesday, 21 July

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  • Russian National Ballet presents Swan Lake
    Russian National Ballet presents Swan Lake

    7:30PM Wednesday, 26 August

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  • The Russian National Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty
    The Russian National Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty

    7:30PM Thursday, 27 August

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  • Isla Grant Farewell Concert Tour
    Isla Grant Farewell Concert Tour

    7:30PM Saturday, 29 August

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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 -
Contact

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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.

Frances McElhinney

Frances McElhinney

Director

DDI. 03 433 0781
M. 027 703 8196
fmcelhinney@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

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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Don McGlashan - Lucky Stars Album Release Tour
Don McGlashan - Lucky Stars Album Release Tour

Don’s new album 'Lucky Stars' is set for release on April 17th. Don started the raw material for this new album at a bach on the Thames Estuary, then realised them in Neil Finn’s writing room at Roundhead Studio, Auckland, with guitarist Tom Rodwell. He produced them with former Mutton Birds bandmate David Long, (who also contributes some textural guitar, organ and banjo) and enlisted former Seven Sisters and current Phoenix Foundation drummer Chris O’Connor.

8:00PM Friday, 3 July

Kelvin Cruickshanks presents Soul Food Oamaru
Kelvin Cruickshanks presents Soul Food Oamaru

With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2's award winning series "Sensing Murder", Kelvin has literally been swamped with people wanting to see him.
For this reason he is continuing on his series of exclusive evenings that will help reach out and touch more people at once. These evenings will simply be Kelvin working with spirit.
Kelvin will read as many people permitted by spirit per session, although we do not guarantee he can read everyone.

7:00PM Thursday, 9 July

The Bookbinder
The Bookbinder

Fresh from a clean sweep at the NZ Fringe Awards (Best Theatre, Best in the Fringe and the Tiki Tour Ready Award) The Bookbinder is an original NZ fairy tale for curious children and adventurous adults. They say you can get lost in a good book. But it's worse getting lost in a bad one... From award-winning company Trick of the Light Theatre (The Road That Wasn't There) comes a story of mystery, magic and mayhem. Inspired by the haunting works of Neil Gaiman and Joy Cowley, The Bookbinder weaves shadow play, paper art, puppetry and music into an inventive one-hour performance. "Absorbing and imaginative... A small gem of theatre." The Dominion Post, Wellington "Spell-binding storytelling at its purest and best..." Theatreview

6:00PM Tuesday, 21 July

Russian National Ballet presents Swan Lake
Russian National Ballet presents Swan Lake

With the instantly recognizable music of Tchaikovsky virtually a signature of classical ballet and the wonderfully dark story of good set against evil, Swan Lake is one of the most famous and loved of all works in the repertory. It is impossible to imagine the ballet world without it.

7:30PM Wednesday, 26 August

The Russian National Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty
The Russian National Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty

One of the most lavish theatrical events of all time, the original St Petersburg staging of The Sleeping Beauty in 1890 was a spectacular illustration of the Russian Imperial style at its zenith. Today it remains the cornerstone of The Russian National Ballet Theatre's repertory.

7:30PM Thursday, 27 August

Isla Grant Farewell Concert Tour
Isla Grant Farewell Concert Tour

Scotland's legendary singer/songwriter Isla Grant, returns to New Zealand for her "Farewell Concert Tour".
Isla is an internationally acclaimed recording artist, her beautiful voice combining country folk songs to easy listening, presenting an unforgettable evening.
Isla's spellbinding concert features her wonderful hit songs and takes a nostalgic look at her long and successful career.
Al Grant, Isla's genial and talented husband, will join her on stage to bring his irrepressible humour to the show, also featuring his tribute to Jim Reeves. Isla's farewell concert performance will be a 'Grand' International concert, not to be missed.

7:30PM Saturday, 29 August

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.