Totara Estate

New Zealand is said to be founded on the sheep's back, and Totara Estate is central to this history. Situated south of Oamaru, the historic farm (originally 15,000 acres), was the birthplace of New Zealand's billion dollar frozen meat industry.

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$15.00
Child
$0.00

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Take a tour of this heritage site and hear about the big idea that launched New Zealand farming onto the world stage and changed its fortunes forever.

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Explore the variety of restored farm buildings, constructed of local limestone including stables, a cookhouse, tack rooms, bunk house, and slaughter shed where the scene is set for the rigorous work on this estate.

Meet and feed our heritage sheep, they have heaps of personality, and enjoy a back scratch.

For a better view of the beautiful Waitaki farmland, walk up to the Brydone monument. Afterwards relax and enjoy a cup of billy tea and scones in the cookhouse.

Our pre-booked guided tours of the estate conclude with billy tea, scones and stories around a campfire with our swaggers

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Physical address

Totara Estate, State Highway 1, 8km south of Oamaru, Oamaru, Waitaki, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
10am - 4pm daily, September-May; Closed except by prior arrangement, June-August. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Months of operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Facilities and Features

Proximity to town:
8km south of Oamaru

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $15.00
Child
(16 year(s) and under)
$0.00
Other charges:
Students $5, Heritage New Zealand members free (on production of valid memebrship card). Please be aware that surcharges may apply at times of special events.

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