Oamaru is host of many artistic and eclectic events more. For more details  visit oamaru events page or for upcoming music its best to check out the the penguin club.

Two of the hi-lights of Oamaru’s cultural life are Oamaru on fire at the end of May and the steam punk festival in the start of June.

December

12th December – Mid January

Speed and Colour: An exhibition at the Forrester Gallery until mid-January

12th December till 16th February

Drawings by Alan Pearson: Come along and look at the fabulous art work of Alan Pearson at the Forrester Gallery

Saturday 14th

Waimate Strawberry Fare: Celebrate Waimate’s Strawberries with a festival of free entertainment, stalls and

competitions. Entertainment starts 10.30am, Santa Parade at 11am. Santa’s Grotto, Decorated Gum Competition. See

www.waimatestrawberryfare.co.nz for more information and programme events.

Xmas Morning in Palmerston: All welcome to come and join in a fun morning from 10am. Pavement shopping,

Santa, free double decker sightseeing bus rides & Farmers Market. Any further enquiries please contact Pioneer Motel

034651234.

Hampden Presbyterian Church – “No More Sorrow”: Italian Renaissance Songs and Dance Music-Monteverdi,

Pergolesi, Barsanti, Strozzi, Zanetti and more. 3pm at the Church. Tickets $25 Adult, $20 Concession, $15 Locals

(includes sumptuous Italian Renaissance high tea. Email Jonathon ignatius@dunedinblog.co.nz or phone 021453191

Waimate Rodeo: At the Waimate Show Grounds, Gorge Road. Part of the National Circuit. 1pm start.

Sat 14th cont.

Maheno Tavern: Will be having live music from the band “The Groove” starting from 8:30pm

Sat 14th /Sun 15th

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Alps-2-Ocean Cycle Trail ride: Ride five sections of the trail

from Tasman Point to Quailburn. Overnight at Twizel camping ground.. Numbers limited. Contact: Maurice Gray (434

6166). Depart Medway car park 8am Sat14th

Sunday 15th (Waimate)

Canterbury Combined Fishing Club Surf Fishing Contest: At Hook Beach, Hook Swamp Road, off SH1 near

Makikihi. Registrations 7am-10am, Fishing 10am-2pm. Teams of 2. Entry $5 per Adult, Junior classes. Backup date 9th

February. Contact Ken 03 6891456 or Bruce 03 3326655.

Monday 16th

Santa’s brought his slay to town: Come along to get your photo taken with Santa and his slay, Santa also has a

sack load of presents to give away once you have got your photo taken. There will be awesome spot prizes donated by

smith city. 10am to 12pm &1pm-4pm daily (Christmas eve 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm) closed Sunday 22nd

Thursday 19th

Defining Adventure: Slide show and talk by Nick Shearer. Nibbles and wine.

7 Harbour street (Adventure Books) 4347756 from 7.30pm-8.30pm. FREE entry

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to 24th

December

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Saturday 21st

Maheno Tavern: Will be having live music from the band “Grizzlies”starting from 8:30pm

Saturday 21st

Xmas new releases at the Waitaki Community Rec. Centre: Come along and join us for an “express format” of all

new releases- 30 minutes of each program from 8am-12pm, try one, some, all! Wear your best Xmas outfits.

8am RPM 10am Jam

8.30am Pump 10.30am Combat

9am Step 11am Bats and Balls

9.30am Vive 11.30am Balance

Sunday 22nd

Christmas in the Park: Takaro Park 4pm-8pm. BYO Picnic. Carols and Entertainment including free bouncy castles,

face-painting & tug of war competition. Colouring competitions and lolly scrambles, ethnic food stalls & many great

prizes. Bought to you by House of Breakthrough – Oamaru

Monday 23rd

Waitaki Community Rec Centre Super-duper Xmas Class: Join us for the last class of the year at 5.40pm for an

approx. 90 minute of a mix of programmes packed together to see the year out! Free class, bring a friend and don’t

forget to wear your favourite/craziest/most traditional/darling-est Xmas getup! Join us afterwards for drinks and nibbles-

please come! J

Christmas & New Year’s closing and opening dates: Monday the 23rd

the 6th

of January for limited hours, then fully opening on the 13th

Tuesday 24th

St Lukes Church services: Crib service starting 7pm at the Stables in Harbor Street followed by carols at 7.45pm.

There will also be carols at 11pm with the service than starting at 11.30pm.

Christmas Day Service at St Lukes Church 9am.

Saturday 28th

Kurow Market Day: Held in the Main Street from 9.30am. Family entertainment.

Monday 30th

Kurow Race Day

Tuesday 31st

Maheno Tavern: New Year’s Eve Karaoke night will be a guaranteed good time.

Sports Central Brewhouse: Party with The Pohas from 9 -12.30. Rock into the New Year with The Black keys, Kings

of Leon, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arctic Monkeys and many more.

January

Wednesday 1st

Maheno Tavern: Presenting a fun day of informal country music. Great band lined up and all you have to do (if you

want to sing) is bring along your chord charts and put your name on the blackboard. Great raffles, good music, good

food, good company, free tea and coffee. Contact the Maheno Tavern if further details required.10am start.

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th-10th January

Holiday Art at Hampden: Come along and check out the fantastic art work on display at Hampden’s Presbyterian

Community Church. Also on display will be information about local businesses and places to visit in the Hampden and

Moeraki area. There will also be sand and drift wood sculpture competitions over the week. For more details contact

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will be the last day open for 2013, re opening on

of January.

 

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Sun 12th:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Duncan Stream to Tarn: Duncan Stream is on the east side of

the Ben Ohau Range. 4wd to Blaikie Hut (750m) from Mt Cook Road, then 6 hour tramp up Duncan Stream to tarn

(1350m) and return. Contact: Ken and Wendy McLeod (434 5915). Depart Medway car park 7am.

Sunday 19th

2014 Oamaru Harbour Regatta –At Friendly Bay. First Race starts at 1300hrs – registrations from 1100hrs. Variety of

Races and beach activities. Boat display, live music, Port FM Birdman Competition.

North Otago Yacht Club Terra Nova Trophy racing series Saturday and Sunday outside the harbour.

Contact Mike on 0211135593 or friendlybayboatsociety@gmail.com

Mon 20th

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Trip Planning : At McLeods’, Station Road, Totara (434 5915) at

7.30pm. All ideas for autumn and winter activities welcome.

Sat25th /Sun 26th

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Trip Planning Skills Weekend: Stay at Trotters Gorge University

Hut. Learn about or brush up on what to pack, map reading, river crossings, survival skills and much more. Contact:

Neville Corry (437 2531). Depart Medway car park 9am Sat 25th.

February

Sun 2nd

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Herbert Forest Tracks: The Full Monty of Hoods

Creek, Podocarp/Glenbirnie and Swallows Tracks – a 6 hour trip. Contact: Robbie Verhoef (434 6353)

.Depart Medway carpark 8am.

Thurs 6th – Sun 9th:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Part of Te Araroa Trail: A four day trip with one party

commencing at Mesopotamia, going up Bush Stream to Crooked Spur Hut on first night, then to Royal Hut where they

will meet second party to swap keys and spend night together. On third day, over saddle to Camp Stream Hut, then

exiting on the fourth day via the Round Hill skifield road, Tekapo. The other party will start at Tekapo and do tramp in

reverse. Limited to two parties of four each. Tents required. Contacts: Uwe Grasmueck (434 9066) and Phyllis Gray

(434 6166). Depart Medway car park 7.30am Thurs 6th

Mon 10th, 7.30pm:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club- night 7.30pm– History of the Routeburn Track with photos

Speaker: Murray Gifford Contact. Held in the St Paul’s Lounge, Coquet Street, Oamaru

Sun 16th:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Mount Kirkliston (1887m): From Hakataramea Station to

the highest point on the Kirkliston Range, with great views of the Hakataramea Valley. Contact: Dave Mellish (439

5895).Depart Medway car park 8am: Jane Green (439 5825).

Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Mount Domett (1942m). (Reserve dates 1st

full day tramp plus 1 ½ hour walk in to and out from Chinaman’s Hut . The plan is to stay at Chinaman’s Hut two nights

to provide a full day to tackle this popular but stiff 1200m climb on the Saturday. Sunday options include returning to

cars via the longer 4wd track and, for the really keen, climbing Cone Peak (1563m). Contact: Bill Bews (437 0368)

Depart Medway car park 6pm Fri 21st

March

Sun 9th:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Nimrod Reserve via Makikihi: A 3-4 hour tramp around a loop

track in a bush reserve on the east side of the Hunters Hills, with a waterfall and a short steep climb. Contact: Evelyn

Munro (437 0769).Depart Medway car park 8am.

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Mon 10th:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Clubnight: – Flying in the Yukon Speaker: Craig McMillan from

Heliventures Contact: Maurice Gray (434 6166). Held in the St Paul’s Lounge, Coquet Street, Oamaru

Sun 16th:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Mount Orr (1021m): Start at Little Roderick on the north side of

the Waitaki, climb to saddle, descend to Mt Orr Stream, then climb Mt Orr and return. Great views. Contact: Neville

Corry (437 2531) Depart Medway car park 8am.

Sat 22nd

– Mon 24th:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Mount Arthur’s Pass Area (Otago anniversary weekend). Minga

Valley to Edwards Valley via Lake Mavis – a three day round trip . Day one: starting at Greyney’s Shelter off SH6,

following the track up the Minga to the Goat Pass Hut. Day two: leaving the track behind, climbing 1000m via Lake

Mavis to the ridge top, then descending to the Edwards Valley and on to the Edwards hut. Day three: returning down

the Edwards Valley track to Greyney’s Shelter Contact: Maurice Gray (434 6166).Depart Medway car park 6pm on

Friday 21st

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Sun 30th:

North Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club Mount Dromedary Hill: A 6 hour trip on a 4wd track, involving a

1000m climb from the Lindis Pass road. Contact: Murray Gifford (021 774290). Depart Medway car park 8am.

Weekly on a Sunday:

Harbour Street Market: Quality crafts and stalls. Open Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm

Woolstore Galleries: Upstairs in The Woolstore Complex every Sunday. Visit Oamaru’s top artisans at work.

Paintings, Pottery, Stone Carving, Wood Work, Steampunk, Jewellery and Textile Designers.

Oamaru Steam and Rail: Historic diesel train. 11am-3pm/4pm. Contact Harry Andrews 027 277-4678

Oamaru Farmers Market: Weekly on Sunday mornings, Victorian Precinct Carpark 9.30 – 1pm

Every Week:

Mondays:

Tai Chi / Meditation: Mondays at 10.30am at The Railway Station, Humber Street. To suit beginners. For more

information contact Bianca MacNeill 0212684063

Tai Chi / Yoga at Kakanui School Library: Mondays 6.30pm.

Kids Dance and Drumming: Mondays at the Railway Station, Humber Street 3.30pm. Contact Bianca MacNeill

0212684063

Every Week: continued

Mondays:

Waitaki Wood Turners Group Mondays at 1pm. Oamaru race course club rooms . For more information please

contact 4395795

Coastline Line Dancing:. Mondays 1pm – 3.30pm. Fire Station Hall. Ph: 434 8226

Ukulele chords and fun songs: Mondays at The Railway Station, Humber Street. Adanced 4.30pm, Beginners 5pm.

This is suitable for all ages. $5 fee. Contact Bianca MacNeill 0212684063.

Indoor Bowls: Maheno Tavern from 6.30pm to 9pm. Nothing formal but plenty of fun.

Tuesdays:

Pottery On Tyne: Tuesdays free lessons from 10am to 3pm. Situated at 44 Tyne street. Contact Jill, 434-3222.

Gentle Exercise Programme: Tuesdays 1.30 – 2.30pm.( Held at the R.S A on Itchen Street). Gold Coin donation

(includes tea/coffee). Targeted at members of the community who would like to build muscle strength, improve

balance and increase fitness. The aim is to reduce falls and maintain independence. All ages and abilities welcome!

Please call Kate at Sport Waitaki if you have any enquires or need assistance with transport to the venue. Ph 434

9379.

Indoor Rock Climbing: 8pm-9.30pm at the Waitaki Recreation Centre. Cost is $8 to climb and $2 to hire shoes.

Thursdays:

Old Time Sequence Dancing: Thursdays 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Scottish Hall, Tyne Street . Cost $2. Contact 437 0427.

Tai Chi at Kurow School: Thursdays at 9.am. For more information contact Bianca MacNeill 0212684063

Zumba: Thursdays 6-7pm. Hampden Memorial Hall. $5-10 pp. For more info please contact Jan 4394440 or Judy

4394761.

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Indoor Rock Climbing: 5pm-6.30pm at the Waitaki Recreation Centre. Cost is $8 to climb and $2 to hire shoes

Mainly Music. Thursdays 10am during school terms. These are fun, interactive music sessions for young children

(birth to school age) and their parent/caregivers. Morning tea in a relaxed setting follows the 30min music session.

Oamaru Baptist Church 14 Sandringham Street (Former IHC Centre) Cost $3 – Contact Joanna phone 4345716

www.mainlymusic.org.nz

Diabete0000000000000s Drop in Centre: Thursdays 3- 4pm. Come in for a cuppa and chat in a friendly welcoming

atmosphere. Community House 100 Thames Street. Ph: Jan on 434 2224

Youth Health Clinic: A free clinic is held on Tuesday’s 3.30-5pm at 78 Ribble Street. This is for people up to the age

of 25, A Doctor is present once a fortnight.

Fridays:

Karaoke at The Maheno Tavern: Friday nights from 8.30pm

Jam Night: Birdlands Wine Bar 8pm until late

Sundays:

Oamaru Farmer’s Market. Meet the growers, farmers and producers of the best seasonal produce our region has to

offer. You’ll be sure to find a fantastic selection of fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, plants, baking, preserves, eggs and

more. Open 9.30am to 1pm in the carpark at the corner of Tyne and Wansbeck Street in the harbour area.

Multiple days:

Oamaru Karate Club: Training each Monday and Thursday from 7pm to 8.30pm. This is being held at St Paul’s Hall

on Coquet ST. Contact Pete (4th

Housie: Every Monday and Friday 7.30pm at the North Otago Darts Hall on Ribble Street.

Diabetes walking group: Tuesday and Thursdays. This is not only for people with Diabetes, everyone is welcome

who would like to walk in a safe friendly environment. Departs from the Oamaru Gardens at the Chelmer street car

park at 10.30am. For more information please contact Jan on 434 2224.

Wednesday Run: Meet at 5.15pm outside Dean and Associates. Enquires to Alistair Wilson 4345128

Wednesday Mountain Biking: Meet at 7pm outside Oamaru Cycle Works, harbour end of Wansbeck Street for a fun

cross country ride on our local single track. Participants will need to have some form of fluorescent clothing or reflector

bands and lights on front and back. Enquires to Andrew Milne 0274855518.

Multi-Sport Training (Weekly):

Monday evening Cycling- Road or Mountain Bikes: On Monday evenings. APRIL TO SEPT meet on

the gravel driveway into Weston Sports Grounds on Charles Street. The Distance is 16km which is 3

laps around the outskirts of Weston. Racing starts at 6pm. Participants will need to have some form of

fluorescent clothing or reflector bands and lights on front and back.

OCTOBER TO MARCH we travel to Waimate for their 15km handicapped races. Car pooling available.

Enquires to Adair Craik 021309439 or email adair@adairca.co.nz

Wednesday Run: Meet at 5.15pm outside Dean and Associates. Enquires to Alistair Wilson 4345128

Wednesday Mountain Biking: Meet at 7pm outside Oamaru Cycle Works, harbour end of Wansbeck Street

for a fun cross country ride on our local single track. Participants will need to have some form of fluorescent

clothing or reflector bands and lights on front and back. Enquires to Andrew Milne 0274855518.

Thursday Duathalons: The Oamaru Multisport Club will continue running duathalons on Thursday evenings

starting at 5.30pm outside the Rowing Club. Participants will need to have some form of fluorescent clothing

or reflector bands and lights on front and back. These events will improve your running speeds and are

excellent for transition practice. This is open to all age groups from school age to veteran. Enquires to Adair

Dan) on 4395024 and Lyndal (2nd

Dan) 4349503. First month of lessons are free.

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Craik 021309439 or email adair@adairca.co.nz

Weekly Events:

Newcomers Coffee Group: Every second Friday, 10.30am at the Opera House. Come along for a coffee and a chat.

All welcome. Contact Christine Dorsey Newcomers Co-ordinator on 027 923 9488 or email waitaki@newcomers.co.nz

North Otago Junior Golf Coaching: Every Sunday from 9.30am, free of charge, at the North Otago Golf Course.

Please register with Julia via phone on 03 4346169 or email northotagogolf@clear.net.nz

Monthly Events:

Petrol Head Breakfast at Portside: 9-11am. Classic Cars, Motorbikes, Petrol Heads – all welcome. Contact is Kev

034341588

Hampden Community Market: Fourth Saturday of the month. Hampden Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm. Stalls inside and out.

Contact: Tina 439-4410

Whitestone Weavers: Fourth Thursday of the month, Salvation Army Hall. 10am-3.30pm. Contact Heather Fathers

4348176

Oamaru Red Hatters: 2nd Friday of the month daytime. A social group for older women who enjoy having fun. Ph.

Tina 4394410

Alzheimer’s Society Otago Carer’s group: Green room at The Opera House every second Tuesday of the month.

1.30pm- 3.30pm.

Bushtown Car Boot Sale: Last Sunday of the month, $10 per car. Set up 8.30am. Opens 9am. Bushtown Waimate

Heritage site, Dobson Street

Zonta International Club of Oamaru: 3rd Wednesday of the month, North Otago Club, 5.30pm. Join Zonta for

fellowship and service to advance the status of women globally. Meetings include food and activity/speaker. New

ladies welcome. Please contact Mary McRae on 434 3210, 027 722 2444 or email elginview@xtra.co.nz.

Whitestone Film Fanciers Club: Held every 1st

Limelight cinemas. For more information please contact Elizabeth Niven on 434-7027

By Arrangement:

Pen-y-bryn: will be holding a series of Chinese cooking classes this winter, starting with a session on dumplings.

Participants will learn to prepare four types of Chinese dumplings and the sauces to accompany them, and will also

learn about Chinese teas. Price per person is $50 and includes the recipes and a chance to sample the dumplings

you’ll prepare in the class. Sessions require 6-8 students, so get a group of people together and contact Pen-y-bryn

to choose your preferred time (classes last approximately three hours, and can be scheduled at your convenience).

Phone 434-7939 for bookings and more information.

Forrester Art Gallery Exhibitions:

North Otago Art Society – 16th Biennial Art Awards 2013 – 20th Oct-17 Nov

Parallel Threads: Sue and Rod McLean 25th

Drawings by Alan Pearson: From the Forrester permanent collection Nov 23 – Feb 16th

Speed and Colour: An exhibition at the Forrester Galley until mid-January

North Otago Museum Exhibition

The history of fires in Oamaru and North Otago are being showcased in a new temporary exhibition which runs until

January 31st

Thursday of the month, Screenings will be at 1.30pm and 7.30pm at

October – 5 January 2014

2014

2014. Includes photographs and film footage. On every day and entry is free.

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