Te Waimate Station Woolshed and Yards
27 State Highway 82, Hakataramea Highway (Waimate-Kurow), Te Waimate Station, Waimate
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 1
Private/No Public Access
28th June 1984
Pt Lot 1 DP 6596 (CT CB749/1), (Historic Reserve NZ Gazette 1960 p.378, 380), Canterbury Land District
This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.
The older part of this woolshed was erected by Michael Studholme and his brothers in 1855 and is still regularly used. It is of an interesting construction, and had originally a Totara roof over sarking, before roofing iron was available. A lot of the timber is adzed, and all the inside timber is pit-sawn Totara. The railings are of Manuka, preserved by the grease of sheep's wool. It can hold 1,000 sheep during shearing, and the shorn sheep can be kept inside in counting out pens in wet weather. At one time there were 22 stands, eleven on each side of the shed, but today there are three machine stands. One of the internal features is the old Farmers screw wool press, a huge and historic piece of machinery.
The yards around the shed are especially interesting, being made of morticed Totara rails, which are still sound.
In the peak period of station history nearly 100,000 sheep were shorn annually in the shed. Early steeple chasing events were run from the shed over the nearby fences.
Te Waimate Woolshed is one of the most attractive and historically important of any in New Zealand.
Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.