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Truly , a step back in time

A sunny day , perfect climate for a meander into history to see how the land was farmed and we were... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2018
Linda H
Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
Very interesting

At first we drove past, then changed our minds, after all we had our British NT cards on us so it... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2018
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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“frozen meat”(7 reviews)
“lamb”(6 reviews)
State Highway 1 | 8 kms south of Oamaru, near Waiareka Valley Road, Oamaru 9492, New Zealand
+64 3-434 7169
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

A sunny day , perfect climate for a meander into history to see how the land was farmed and we were allowed to feed the domesticated sheep and learn about why these breeds were used for wool , meat and their survival in the colder...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 16 March 2018

At first we drove past, then changed our minds, after all we had our British NT cards on us so it wasn’t going to cost us anything 😉. We were SO glad we stopped, it was absolutely fascinating, telling the history of the first frozen...More

Thank pinkduck
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

The old farm is a collection of 4 + old Whitestone buildings used in the early 1900s. An interesting story around being the first farm to send frozen Lamb to the UK - something we take for granted now. Nice to wander around for an...More

Thank TheSnakebite
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Really interesting to see the place where it all began, such an important part of NZ’s history. It was great to hear the story about the owners’ determination to build a freezer unit powered by steam which would keep the meat fresh for the 3...More

Thank Happyskier997
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Fascinating story of how lamb was first frozen and transported to England in about 1880. You get a good picture of farm life in that period.

Thank aps_73
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We were meet by a very genuinely friendly lady called Kerryn. Hope I have the spelling correct, who gave us an introductory history talk which set the scene for the rest of our visit. We learnt that it was the first place in New Zealand...More

1  Thank Youngbillkelly
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Only a tiny part of the original estate now in this attraction. They exported the first frozen meat. Farm buildings with a few sheep of different breeds. You can feed them, which appeals to children and adults. Good video with historic photos. Would benefit from...More

1  Thank SunhatNorwich
Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

Excellent site to visit. Staff very helpful & informative. Learn about early NZ. Great displays with photos & explanation.

1  Thank Brendan B
Reviewed 15 January 2016

I visited Totara for free as an English Heritage member. It is not a big site, but full of history and in a beautiful, tranquil setting. The staff I met were very friendly, helpful and passionate about keeping this museum open. It is a great...More

1  Thank Yksurfer2016
Reviewed 27 November 2015

Fascinating look at at first appears to be a not very interesting subject i.e the birth of the frozen meat industry in NZ. The buildings are all original and very well kept and the museum is excellent with lots of info. Totara Estate is considered...More

1  Thank steveco666
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