The Victorian Fete
Sunday 17 November 2024 @ 10-4pm

The Network Waitaki Victorian Fete is a day jam-packed with fun for the whole family.

You will be thrilled with the incredible Victorian costumes, street performers, magicians and stilt walkers around every corner, ensuring the day is one to remember.

Come along and join in all the fun of the fair! Dress up in your Victorian best and support the great work that the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust does, preserving New Zealand’s best collection of Victorian heritage buildings here in Oamaru.

This year's theme for our celebrations is "Growing for Gold" In the 19th century, Ōamaru was - literally and figuratively - growing for gold. A gateway to the Otago goldfields, Ōamaru grew as a supply town for miners seeking ‘the colour’ that physically underpinned the gold standard supporting the British currency. Golden limestone was extracted from the ground, and used to build imposing banks that converted gold ore into credit for commerce worldwide. Farmers grew the golden grain that breweries made into liquid gold - beer and whisky - to fuel the increasing population. More ‘gold’ was added to the economy as overseas markets grew for wool and frozen meat produced here. Times may have changed, but that ‘gold’ is still there, in the magnificent buildings, businesses, and people, that make Ōamaru so iconic.


List of stallholders to come...

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If you want to join us and become a stallholder, please feel free to contact

The Victorian Wardrobe

The largest and finest collection of Victorian styled clothing for hire anywhere in New Zealand.

To complement the many Victorian themed events held in Victorian Oamaru, The Victorian Wardrobe is available for you to hire either full or partial costumes and accessories.


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