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

Totara Estate is open to the public in Alert Level 2 with safety measures in place. Visitors are legally required to wear masks, we also require visitors to check in via the Covid-19 tracer app or manually, maintain physical distancing and sanitise. Please stay home if you’re sick. Refer to our Covid-19 information before visiting for the most up-to-date information or 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 Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Good Friday

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 Oamaru
Oamaru 9492

+64 03 433 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.

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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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