Clarks Mill Summer Operating Sundays 28 January, 25 February and 25 March From 12 midday – 4pm

Clarks Mill Summer Operating Sundays

Clarks Mill is extending its last Sunday of the month operating events in January, February and March with more to see and do, and extra operating times.  See, hear and feel this historic flour mill come back to life as the machinery rolls into action. Come and explore how wheat is grown, turned in flour and made into our daily bread.  There will be vintage tractors and other working vintage machinery from the North Otago Vintage Machinery Club, and activities for children.  So, bring a picnic and come and enjoy a fascinating visit to this 19th century engineering marvel.

Machinery operates at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Site tours, music, games and activities for the kids during the afternoon.

Please understand that Clarks Mill is a cash-only site, sorry no EFTPOS available.

Special features for Sunday 28 January

In January there is a Scottish theme so don your tartan and join us for tea and scones in the Miller’s House, music in Smokey Joe’s, games and activities for the children and rides in a horse drawn carriage.

When?

  • Sundays 28 January, 25 February and 25 March
  • 12 midday - 4pm
  • Machinery operates at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

How Much?

Adult $15, Student $5, Child free. Heritage New Zealand members free (show your valid membership card). Please note CASH ONLY for all tickets.

For more details

To find out more about the operating days, contact the team at Totara Estate on (03) 433 1269 or email totaraestate@heritage.org.nz

(St Francis Xavier Catholic Church) “Second life for historic church” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (09.06.2016)

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church – now the Russell Chapel on the Olive Grove – is enjoying a second lease on life.
(Image source Heritage New Zealand)

"A historic Northland church that was deconsecrated and sold to private owners as a result of a dwindling congregation is enjoying a second life.

"St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, originally built in Kawakawa in 1875, was relocated to Uruti Bay near Russell in 2012 by Jo and Ross Blackman, and has been re-purposed as a wedding venue – now known as ‘Russell Chapel on the Olive Grove’.

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)

Sunday Morning @ RNZ National : “Oamaru – New Zealand’s Victorian Living Room” Author Paul Sorell Interview

"Victorian stone buildings are ubiquitous in this North Otago town, a contrast to the tide of timber found elsewhere. Author, Paul Sorrell on his new book, Oamaru - New Zealand's Victorian Living Room." (RNZ National Website)
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sun/sun-20140928-1040-paul_sorrell_-_oamaru-048.mp3

RNZ National’s Country Life features the Historic “Totara Estate”

Radionznational"New Zealand's first export shipment of mutton was slaughtered at Totara Estate and sent to Britain from Port Chalmers in 1882. "
RNZ National's Country Life podcast on Totara Estate. (A Heritage New Zealand Property)
Link to Podcast: http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20140829-2129-totara_estate-048.mp3

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“Re-wire on a Hayes Roast!” NZHPT Media Release (10th October 2013)

HAY001 poster"In partnership with Vivace Coffee, the NZHPT asked third generation artisan master roaster Bernard Smith to develop a blend of three original coffee beans that best emulated the strength of the site, the body of the ‘big skies’ Central Otago landscape and the sweetness of its sun overhead."

The Media release is as follows: (more…)

“Buildings policy change welcomed” Otago Daily Times (Online Article) 8th August 2013

"Buildings policy change welcomed" the Otago Daily Times reports "Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust chairman Marcus Brown welcomed the Government's changes to the policy of strengthening earthquake-prone buildings announced yesterday, but felt they did not go far enough"