Totara Estate

This historic farm (originally 15,000 acres), was the birthplace of New Zealand’s billion-dollar frozen meat industry.

Explore the variety of restored farm buildings that show what mid-1800’s life was like for a farm worker; constructed of local limestone the building include the stables, cookhouse, tack rooms, bunk house, and slaughter shed where the scene is set for the rigorous work on this estate.

The heritage sheep can be hand-fed and to have their backs scratched.

Afterwards relax and enjoy a cup of billy tea and scones in the cookhouse.

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

Opening Hours:

Daily, September-May
10am – 4pm

Closed June-August except by prior arrangement.


Adult: $10
Student (tertiary): $5
Children: free
Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.

Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences.
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Physical address :

State Highway 1
Oamaru 9492
New Zealand

Contact :

(+64) 3 433 1269