A day in the life of a Victorian farm

Come and discover a day in the life of the great Totara Estate back in the 1880s, as brought to life by new displays.

Try out a bunk in the sleeping quarters, then get up and greet the cook as he works away in the kitchen. Maybe even sit and have your own ‘‘smoko’’ of tea and scones in the dining room with some of the workers from the farm as depicted in original portraits drawn around 1905.

In and around the beautiful Oamaru-stone buildings, discover more about all aspects of farm life, like making butter, feeding the sheep, doing the laundry, having a bath, mending your own shoes, caring for the horses and making metalwork at the forge.

Share too in the story of the men of the road, the swaggers, and the hard­working slaughtermen doing their backbreaking work preparing the meat for that very first shipment of mutton from New Zealand to England, way back in 1882.

Open daily 10am-4pm (closed Christmas Day). For more information, visit: www.totaraestate.co.nz 

Hard at work in the granary at Totara Estate. PHOTO: GRANT SHEEHAN FOR HERITAGE NEW ZEALAND
Hard at work in the granary at Totara Estate. PHOTO: GRANT SHEEHAN FOR HERITAGE NEW ZEALAND

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