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To the Ōamaru Heritage Celebrations 2023

The Ōamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations re-create the colour and atmosphere of 19th-century Ōamaru and Waitaki. The many 19th-century limestone buildings in the town and around the region are the setting for a range of events throughout the week including dances, traditional music, Victorian-style food, historical talks, a garden party, Victorian fashion, penny farthing races, concerts, and more.  


Ōamaru is home of the famous Harbour Street Victorian Precinct, with fascinating stories about how the town’s “boom-and-bust” ​history created these unique streetscapes. 

Whether you are watching, participating or both, in street clothes, Victorian fashion, or your own style, the Ōamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations offers something for everyone to enjoy.

This year's theme is "Migration Stories" exploring how we all came here in search of a better life.

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Events Programme

The 2023 Programme is now complete! The printed brochure is available at any branch of Waitaki Public Library, Whitestone City (12 Harbour St) and many other Oamaru locations.


Updates to the printed brochure can be seen on our Updates page, or by checking our Facebook page. 

Please click the link below for the online programme.  You can also sign up to our mailing list for updates on events and ticket information.

Sharing our Journeys

Get tickets

Most events are free, but if you would like to join one of our paid-for events, please get your tickets here.

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Photo galleries

Have a look at past years' photo galleries of the many different events during the Heritage Weekend.

The Victorian Wardrobe

Want to join in and immerse yourself in the the experience but have no costume? Hire a Victorian costume from our very own talented Victorian seamstresses.

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Join our mailing list

Join our mailing list for event updates and ticketing information.
Please note: we are volunteers and fully occupied running events this week, so we can't answer individual questions.  Please read the Programme (link at top of this page)
or check the Updates on the Events page. 

Thanks. You are now on our mailing list for updates and breaking news.

With thanks to our partners

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