Explore our Collection

2,000+ items are accessible through our online collection. The collection includes photographs, artworks, architectural drawings, natural history specimens, social history items and more. Together they convey some of the history and culture of the Waitaki District. Search our collection or browse using the links above.

These items are from the Forrester Gallery, Waitaki Museum and Archive, and we are all part of Culture Waitaki.


The Search allows you to look for any words describing an object or person.

Enter the words you wish to search for. For more specific results: you can search on a phrase (e.g. "John Forrester"), include a word (e.g. +watercolour), exclude a word (e.g. -cottage), search on part of a word (e.g. architect*). Please see the Help topic on the Search for more details on how to formulate your searches.

Culture Waitaki is the collaborative group of the Forrester Gallery, Waitaki Museum and Archive, Waitaki District Libraries and Oamaru Opera House. We are each units of the Waitaki District Council.

The development of our online collection is an ongoing process; new images and records are added often. In some cases, records have yet to be verified by staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.