Preserving and revitalising Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct

In 1987 a small group of visionary individuals began the work of establishing Oamaru as a heritage destination by restoring and bringing alive New Zealand’s most complete collection of Victorian buildings.

Since that time, Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct has been cared for by dedicated people who have seen the potential of its built heritage. Our vision for the Precinct is to provide an atmospheric setting for arts and culture, as well as creative and traditional industries.

Progress has been significant. Buildings of national significance such as the Criterion Hotel have been returned to their former grandeur.

The Legacy Building Fund has been established by the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust specifically to raise funds to protect the 16 heritage buildings it owns. Money raised will be used to carry out major improvements such as refurbishing façades and replacing roofs. These works are the fundamental purpose of the Trust, but the cost of them challenges the Trust’s resources.

The success of the Legacy Building Fund will depend on the generosity of donors like yourself. As a donor to the Fund, your generosity and financial leadership will set a standard among supporters of Oamaru’s culture and heritage. Your continuing investment will ensure that the past has a future.

You are encouraged to join this visionary group to ensure that Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct is preserved as part of the life of North Otago and New Zealand for generations. Please help to protect these remarkable New Zealand buildings for future generations.

Leave a legacy.

These funds will only be used to conserve and preserve

Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust owned buildings


The Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust is a registered charity (Number CC23515) and all donations over $5 are tax deductible.



All donations of $1000 or more will be:

Noted in the Annual Report and on the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust website;

Recognised on the Legacy Building Fund Members board prominently displayed.

All donations will be gratefully received.

Anonymous donations to the Legacy Building Fund will be appreciatively accepted. Please notify us if you prefer your donation to be anonymous.

Become part of the Legacy Building Fund.

The Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust seeks your support as one of the members of our Legacy Building Fund. Your gift or legacy will ensure New Zealanders and visitors to our town can enjoy everything the Victorian Precinct has to offer, now and into the future.

You can help make a difference today

Join a like-minded group of patrons of culture and heritage and join the Legacy Building Fund today.

For more information on the Legacy Building Fund, or to discuss how you can support the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust, please contact us.