A family walking up to Totara Estate.

Totara Estate is closed for winter. We re-open again in September.

Opening Hours

September - May

Thursday - Monday
10.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and the day after New Years Day.

Open National Lamb Day

24 & 25th May
10.00am - 4.00pm

parking parking cafe no-smoking toilet shops


Member Free

Adult $12.00

Student (tertiary) $6.00

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events


State Highway 1
565 Alma-Maheno Highway
8km south of Ōamaru
Ōamaru 9492

+64 3 433 1269


Two girls feeding a sheep.

A visit to Totara Estate is not solely about mutton and markets, however. The four Ōamaru stone farm buildings are a visual treat – hard lines against soft country – and the colourful history is brought vividly to life. When you finish visiting this landmark site you’ll have a head full of colourful anecdotes and a belly full of traditional country baking and tea.

Discover Totara Estate
Tohu whenua

Totara Estate is idenitified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site. 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. See more on the Tohu Whenua website.

Historic black and white photo of Jimmy Hoey the cook standing in the door of the cookhouse passing food to a swagger

Ngā Kōrero

Photo: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Not sure where to start?

There’s plenty of heritage throughout the stunning Otago landscape. We’ve put together some ideas to get you started.

Explore Ōtākou | Otago heritage
The Otago Central Rail has it all – four to five days of cycling through the most stunning scenery, safe, easy and mostly off-road trails, historic pubs and gold mining sites, and great kiwi hospitality throughout.

Photo: Tim Hawkins / Otago Central Rail Trail Trust

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