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Very Informative visit!

We drive past this place every time we head to Christchurch. This years holiday was all about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lovely place!

We stopped by for refreshments for our drive. Didn't expect this place was so lovely. We had tea... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kexin Z
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“frozen meat”(7 reviews)
“lamb”(6 reviews)
“scones”(3 reviews)
State Highway 1 | 8 kms south of Oamaru, near Waiareka Valley Road, Oamaru 9492, New Zealand
+64 3-434 7169
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drive past this place every time we head to Christchurch. This years holiday was all about visiting the places we always drive by but never stop to visit. What a fascinating place to stop by. We learned alot about the history of this place...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank shonabevin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by for refreshments for our drive. Didn't expect this place was so lovely. We had tea and scones. Scones are super nice. Jim here is very friendly. He gave us one more scone for free for Christmas, and talked about the history of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Kexin Z
Reviewed 21 November 2018

A fascinating insight into the birth of NZ meat exports. Beautiful buildings and history here. Very neat!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank SouthproudNZ
Reviewed 11 May 2018

A sunny day , perfect climate for a meander into history to see how the land was farmed and we were allowed to feed the domesticated sheep and learn about why these breeds were used for wool , meat and their survival in the colder...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Linda H
Reviewed 16 March 2018

At first we drove past, then changed our minds, after all we had our British NT cards on us so it wasn’t going to cost us anything 😉. We were SO glad we stopped, it was absolutely fascinating, telling the history of the first frozen...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank pinkduck
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

The old farm is a collection of 4 + old Whitestone buildings used in the early 1900s. An interesting story around being the first farm to send frozen Lamb to the UK - something we take for granted now. Nice to wander around for an...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank TheSnakebite
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Really interesting to see the place where it all began, such an important part of NZ’s history. It was great to hear the story about the owners’ determination to build a freezer unit powered by steam which would keep the meat fresh for the 3...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Happyskier997
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Fascinating story of how lamb was first frozen and transported to England in about 1880. You get a good picture of farm life in that period.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank aps_73
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We were meet by a very genuinely friendly lady called Kerryn. Hope I have the spelling correct, who gave us an introductory history talk which set the scene for the rest of our visit. We learnt that it was the first place in New Zealand...More

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank Youngbillkelly
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Only a tiny part of the original estate now in this attraction. They exported the first frozen meat. Farm buildings with a few sheep of different breeds. You can feed them, which appeals to children and adults. Good video with historic photos. Would benefit from...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank SunhatNorwich
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