Otago Landmarks highlights region's rich history


Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is delighted with the inclusion of two properties it cares for – Totara Estate and Hayes Engineering Works – in the 12 Otago Landmarks Whenua Tohunga sites announced today by Hon David Clark.

Totara Estate, 8km south of Oamaru, is where the first shipment of frozen mutton was sent to England in 1882.  Hayes Engineering Works in Oturehua, Central Otago, was where Ernest Hayes invented and manufactured agricultural labour-saving devices from the late 19th century.

"Both properties are already popular tourist attractions and are a perfect fit as landmarks in Otago’s heritage and history"” says Heritage New Zealand’s Director Southern Region Sheila Watson.

"The Otago region has a wealth of worthy sites as was reflected in the many nominations that were considered.  Along with the other Landmarks sites named, Totara Estate and Hayes keep those stories of our past alive by being open for locals and tourists to experience and enjoy."

Landmarks Whenua Tohunga (www.landmarks.nz) is a joint initiative of Manatū Taonga the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

The other sites named by Minister Clark on behalf of the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, at the official launch at Olveston in Dunedin today were Arrowtown and Arrowtown’s Chinese Settlement, TSS Earnslaw, Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, Otago Central Rail Trail, Dunedin Railway Station, Historic Oamaru, Larnach Castle, Olveston, Bannockburn Sluicings and the Taieri Gorge Railway.

“With Oamaru, Queenstown and Dunedin being key points, it’s like a golden triangle of heritage, history and natural landmarks have been highlighted that the Otago region can rightly feel proud of.”

For more information

Sheila Watson
Director Southern Region
tel: (03) 363 1881 or 027 4844 088
email: swatson@heritage.org.nz