View of striking limestone Clarks Mill building

Clarks Mill is open under ORANGE in the traffic light system. If you are visiting us, you will need to wear a mask and follow our Covid-19 requirements. At this time, we do not require Vaccine Passes for entry to our visitor sites, cafes and shops, however this may be reviewed in line with our Covid-19 policy settings. You can check our website on the day of your visit for the most up-to-date information and please stay home if you’re unwell. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.

Opening Hours

Labour Weekend (Oct) – April

10.30am - 1.00pm

1.00pm - 3.00pm

Machinery operates last Sunday of the month

Closed May - Mid-October; Christmas Day

parking no-smoking toilet


Member Free

Adult $10.00

Adult Operating Day $15.00

Student (tertiary) $5.00

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events


State Highway 1,
1017 Alma-Maheno Highway
Ōamaru 9492

+64 3 433 1269

A volunteer showing a man and woman some of the mill machinery

Imagine a flour mill, one of this country’s earliest, built of Oamaru stone quarried from a nearby escarpment and rising imposingly above the North Otago landscape. Now picture walking inside, where someone has just flicked the switch that sets in motion four storey’s worth of rare vintage milling machinery.

Discover Clarks Mill

Thursdays at the mill

For 15 years a group of blokes has met weekly at what must be one of the country’s ultimate ‘heritage sheds’. Heritage New Zealand magazine editor Caitlin Sykes and art director Amanda Trayes meet the volunteers at Maheno’s Clarks Mill complex.

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Clarks Mill volunteers standing at the back of the mill near the old water race

Photo: Amanda Trayes

Historic black and white photo of Clarks Mill

Ngā Kōrero

Photo: Owned by Mr W Clark

Clarks Mill volunteer working the mill machinery


Photo: Amanda Trayes

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Photo: Tim Hawkins / Otago Central Rail Trail Trust

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