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Sheep Farm

Stay on a New Zealand Sheep Farm

Visit us and experience life on a real working sheep farm. The spectacular 4000-acre high country property is home to 3000 sheep and 120 Angus cattle (plus pigs, chickens & sheep-dogs).

Get hands on and enjoy a real farm stay experience at Wilderness Lodge in New Zealand.

Visit a New Zealand sheep farm

and experience real farming life

Join a complimentary sheep farm tour to learn about sheep farming life from a real farmer guide. These run every second day and will give you the chance to handfeed sheep, see sheep-dogs in action, learn about sheep shearing and merino wool. Stay two nights to ensure you can join in this special experience ( a two night minimum stay is required during peak season).

In a land of 30 million sheep, no New Zealand holiday is complete without a taste of sheep farming life.

This is a very different experience to a bus-tour farm demonstration in a large tourism destination. Sheep were first raised here in the 1860's and the property now runs a breeding programme growing super fine merino wool. Our wool supplies fashion labels and sportswear brands like Icebreaker (NZ), John Smedley (UK), Reda (Italy) and Smartwool (USA). Premium lamb is also produced for export and to supply the Wilderness Lodge Restaurant.

See Merino ewes with their lambs and New Zealand's Wilderness Lodge.

Merino Ewes and Lambs

Spring is a busy time on the farm

The sheep and dogs are very friendly and in spring and early summer there are often orphan lambs to bottle fed. Our farmer guides take great pride in sharing their world with guests. Visiting the sheep farm is a highlight for Wilderness Lodge guests of all ages.

In the Southern Alps, sheep are still shorn with hand blades

See traditional blade-shearing

The Wilderness Lodge sheep are still shorn the old-fashioned way

For further farm information, please download the Info Sheet below or alternatively contact us with any specific questions.

Farm Info Sheet - Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

If you are interested in sheep shearing here is a great short video showing old-fashioned blade shearing on the Wilderness Lodge farm.

Meet sheep on the Wilderness Lodge farm

The Wilderness Lodge offers unrivaled sheep farm experiences

  • “Super Place!”

    It would be impossible to find a more attentive and dedicated staff. The entire lodge was fantastic. The restaurant and food were above first class. The hiking was fantastic, as were the guided trips. Our favorite was the sheep dog and shearing demo!

  • “Paradise.”

    Great location, amazing walking trails,wonderful food, warm comfortable rooms with great views over the flats to the snow capped mountains. Valerie, Paddy and Michael made sure our stay was memorable.

  • “The New Zealand you imagined.”

    If you are looking for nature experiences where you can hike without seeing another person, excellent food, and a comfortable place to sleep, then the Wilderness Lodge is for you. This was our favorite place in all of NZ.


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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is located on the South Island’s West Coast between the Glaciers and Wanaka/Queenstown. It is a comfortable 5.5 hours drive from Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass and 3.5 hours from Queenstown Airport. We have driving notes available for the journey north or south.

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Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass is located on Highway 73 between Christchurch and the West Coast. It is less than 2 hours drive from Christchurch and the towns of Greymouth & Hokitika and a comfortable 5.5 hours to Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki. The TranzAlpine train stops in Arthur’s Pass and transfers to/from the lodge are available.

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