Upcoming Events:

  • The Air Force in Concert
    The Air Force in Concert

    7:00PM Thursday, 26 February

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  • THE KING IS BACK Ben Portsmouth World Tour 2015
    THE KING IS BACK Ben Portsmouth World Tour 2015

    8:00PM Friday, 20 March

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  • BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story
    BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story

    8:00PM Saturday, 21 March

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  • Queen - It's a Kinda Magic
    Queen - It's a Kinda Magic

    8:00PM Thursday, 30 April

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  • Sleeping Beauty
    Sleeping Beauty

    7:30PM Thursday, 14 May

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  • Foster & Allen in Concert
    Foster & Allen in Concert

    7:00PM Thursday, 28 May

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The home of entertainment.

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.

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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The Air Force in Concert
The Air Force in Concert

Featuring the inimitable Director of Music, Simon Brew, and the legendary Mark Hadlow! This will be a concert for the whole family featuring everything from classical to jazz and everything in between.

7:00PM Thursday, 26 February

THE KING IS BACK Ben Portsmouth World Tour 2015
THE KING IS BACK Ben Portsmouth World Tour 2015

Ben Portsmouth looks like Elvis; sings like Elvis, and has an extraordinary stage presence that makes you temporarily believe you might be watching the "King himself"!

8:00PM Friday, 20 March

BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story
BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story

Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly's story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
EARLYBIRD 1ST 100 TICKETS

8:00PM Saturday, 21 March

Queen - It's a Kinda Magic
Queen - It's a Kinda Magic

Starring Giles Taylor, featuring over 20 of the band's greatest hits such as 'We Will Rock You', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'We Are the Champions', 'Under Pressure' and 'Fat-Bottomed Girls'. Painstaking attention has been paid to all the music - the iconic voice of Mercury, the amazing guitar solos of May and the groundbreaking Rock harmonies. And with state-of-the-art sound and lighting and authentic costumes, this is as close as you'll ever get to the real thing!

8:00PM Thursday, 30 April

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty

Moscow ballet la classique return downunder with their spectacular masterpiece - Sleeping beauty - Ballet's most loved fairytale. Established in 1990 by its current director Elik Melikov, with their internationally acclaimed ballet skills, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets, the illustrious La Classique takes you on a mystical journey to the fairytale world of Princess Aurora, The Sleeping Beauty.

7:30PM Thursday, 14 May

Foster & Allen in Concert
Foster & Allen in Concert

Legendary Irish folk music duo, Foster and Allen are number one stars across the globe, scoring 30 new-release charting albums over a 30-year career, the only act in the world to do so. They have amassed record sales in excess of 20 million, due to their loyal fan-base, spanning their native Ireland, the UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

7:00PM Thursday, 28 May

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.