Small venue in beautiful rural setting There’s always something happening with a heritage theme – at one of the properties we care for, or just other events, activities, operating days and opportunities for you to enjoy some time out. New Zealand is said to be founded on the sheep?s back, and Totara Estate is central to this history. Situated south of Oamaru, the historic farm is the birthplace of New Zealand’s billion dollar frozen meat industry.Once a grand estate covering 15,000 acres, today Totara?s restored farm buildings are a tribute to the courage and determination of New Zealand?s early pioneers who helped shape this country and make it great. Totara Estate is where New Zealand?s first shipment of frozen mutton was prepared and sent to the other side of the world on the SS Dunedin in 1882. It was the beginnings of New Zealand?s multi-billion dollar frozen meat industry.