Waitaki Museum & Archive
Waitaki Museum & Archive
3.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
About
Welcome to the Waitaki Museum & ​Archive/ Te Whare Taoka o Waitaki. Waitaki Museum tells the stories of the natural and cultural history of the Waitaki District with 3 new exhibition spaces: Our Land Tō Tātau Whenua: a sample of Waitaki district’s geology. Kā Puipuiaki o Korotuaheka: discover the Waitaha Taoka | Stewart Willetts Family Collection. European Settlement: stories of the arrival of European settlers in the Waitaki District.
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Simon
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Popped in to see the new exhibitions on opening weekend. The museum is extremely professionally run with immaculate presentation and a very accessible narrative to follow. We had the pleasure of being toured through by the curator who was a delight.

The history of the Waitaki is surprisingly vibrant and unique. I can highly recommend stopping by on your way through, you will never look at little old Oamaru the same again.
Written 14 March 2023
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AdrienneJ15
Christchurch, New Zealand66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
my friend and I each had an agenda to find out more about an ancestor's life... the archive assistants were able to help us both and as a result we spent the rest of the day exploring areas where "ancient feet had trod". sorry no time on this trip to see the museum exhibits! but will be back...
Written 17 February 2022
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cpcog
Sydney, Australia1,370 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I love seeing building in this style. You will see quite a lot in Thames Street and most of them are in different details.
Written 6 January 2022
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Its classical facade is pretty enough but the cultural wealth within celebrating Maori and Pakeha history is educational and inspiring. Its got exhibits on local writer Janet Frame, architecture and geology. This town has got the goods.
Written 9 January 2020
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Jan Willem t
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This Museum collects artefacts and objects that tell the natural, cultural, agricultural and industrial stories of the Waitaki District: from early Maori occupation around the Waitaki River mouth, European settlement by whalers and runholders through to the discovery of gold and the wool and meat industries which led to the development of Oamaru as a significant port town. Apart of those there are from time to time other temporary collections related to varies subjects. Today there are renovation works in the building
Written 9 November 2019
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Written 11 November 2019
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Jacquie
Dunedin, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
It is a must visit place on your trip - the North Otago Museum with its great displays, very interesting exhibits and very helpful and friendly staff. Be sure to put it on your visiting list when you come to Oamaru.
Written 9 July 2019
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jlweich
Otago Region, New Zealand10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
When we visited, the main section of the museum was undergoing renovation. However, the Willets' collection is still on display in the archive room, which is accessed from the side of the building. Much of this particular collection isn’t well labeled, so out of context we didn’t quite understand what we were looking at. Thankfully Christine, an archive volunteer, took time to explain the significance of what appeared to be a drawer of rocks. Her passion for geology and the history of the region really came through. We ended up spending at least an hour at the museum and were so glad we had gone.
Written 8 June 2019
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jacquiewebby
Oamaru, New Zealand23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
The renovations will enhance an already fantastic showcase of exhibits. The research staff are knowledgable and very helpful. One of the jewels in the crown of Oamaru
Written 7 May 2019
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Jeff M
Auckland, New Zealand374 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
There isn't a lot to see here currently although the stone artifacts are interesting and there is a press and a guillotine on display. The staff member on hand was friendly and there is an archaeological report that you can read through.
Written 20 July 2018
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Written 22 July 2018
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A Y
Hong Kong, China310 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
The small museum is housed in an historic building. It is more like an archive than museum (said to be used by genealogists and historians who want to research into the history of North Otago). When I went, there were some old printing press machines on display. There is also a video on the history and development of Oamaru (same video which plays in Whitestone City). The video is good. Museum is free.
If you are interested in the history of Oamaru, just pop in for the video.
Written 23 March 2018
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Thanks for taking the time to review the North Otago Museum. We are currently working on improving the museum exhibitions.
Written 2 April 2018
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  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


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