Latest Updates

9 September 2021


Given the current Covid-19 outbreak in New Zealand, the OVHC Committee is evaluating the options for this year's festival.  We have decided to defer opening ticket sales until the Committee decides what is feasible. 


We will update this page as soon as we have made a decision.

15 August 2021

The Race is On!  The Oamaru Challenge Cup, last seen in 2018, is on again!  On Saturday 20 November, local rowers will defend their title against the Royal New Zealand Navy.


Head down to Friendly Bay around 2 pm (depending on tides) and cheer on our local team!

Thanks to Oamaru Captured for this video of the Oamaru win from 2018

6 August 2021

Nicola Temby  who is organising the Victorian Fashion Show (Saturday, 3:30) has just published an Unofficial Guide to the Oamaru Heritage Celebrations.

4 August 2021

The Oamaru Repertory Theatre will present "Ravenscroft", a thinking person's Gothic thriller with performances throughout the Celebrations weekend.

31 July 2021

The Dunedin Scottish Fiddle Orchestra will provide the music for this year's Ceilidh/Shindig on the Saturday evening, at the Loan and Mercantile building.

31 July 2021

The Heritage Ball theme this year is "Wild Haggis, Otago, Protection Society Charity Ball" Friday evening at the Scottish Hall.

28 July 2021

The Oamaru Society of Pre-Raphaelite Enthusiasts will offer several lectures and musical events, at or near the Grainstore Gallery.

26 July 2021

Oamaru Opera House will host a Whiskey tasting, featuring Scottish and New Zealand Whiskeys

20 July 2021

Oamaru Heritage Tours will offer three walking tours of Oamaru throughout the Celebrations.

19 July 2021

"On the history of exercise", will look at the clothes, contraptions and contortions involved in the pursuit of physical well-being.  Led by Stacey Pine of the Movement Hub, this will be an interactive and entertaining session.

15 July 2021

Oamaru Steam and Rail will be holding an Open Day at their workshop on Wednesday 16 November.

There will also be train rides offered on Saturday and Sunday.