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Celebrating Totara Estate

On Waitangi Day 2018, celebrations were held at North Otago's Totara Estate to mark its inclusion into the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga programme.

Incoming Heritage New Zealand Totara Estate property lead Keren Mackay. Photo by Claudia Babirat.

The birthplace of New Zealand's $1 billion frozen meat industry, Totate Estate was the fifth Otago site to be welcomed into the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga programme. The celebration was attended by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and Waitaki Deputy Mayor Melanie Tavendale along with a crowd of about 90 people.

Guests included Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean, Heritage New Zealand Otago-Southland area manager Jonathan Howard, outgoing Heritage New Zealand Totara Estate property lead Anne Sutherland and Waitaki Deputy Mayor Melanie Tavendale at the celebrations. Photo by Claudia Babirat.

Visitors enjoying some of the woollen goods at Totara Estate. Photo by Claudia Babirat.

Volunteers dressing up for the special occassion. Photo by Claudia Babirat.

Visitors can explore the men’s quarters, cookhouse, stables, forge and granary and hear stories of the hard-working farm hands and swaggers. In the slaughterhouse visitors can eavesdrop on the slaughter men as they finish their backbreaking workday and learn more about that historic first shipment of frozen meat. The site is family-friendly and includes the chance to dress up as a swagger, join in with farm activities, feed the sheep, and play old-fashioned games.

Sheep shearing demonstration at Totara Estate. Photo by Claudia Babirat.

Exterior view of Totara Estate. Photo by Claudia Babirat.

Learn more about Totara Estate here and discover the rest of the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga sites.


Updated on 12th February 2018