Aerial view of the main Totara Estate building made of Ōamaru stone, picnic tables with red umbrellas and people sitting beneath them

Closed Sunday 15 & Monday 16 May due to unforeseen circumstances.

Totara Estate 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

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

Three men dressed as swaggers

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

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