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The Sheep Farm


Stay on a New Zealand Sheep Farm

The Wilderness Lodge offers the chance to visit and experience life on a real working sheep farm. The spectacular 4000 acre property is home to 3000 sheep and 120 Angus cattle (plus pigs, chickens & sheep-dogs).

 and experience real farming life

Tour 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.

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 the tour bus sheep farm demonstrations of the larger tourist destinations. Sheep were first raised here in the 1860's and the property continues to run a breeding programme focused on growing super fine merino wool. This wool supplies fashion labels and sportswear brands like Icebreaker (NZ), John Smedley (UK) and Smartwool (USA). Premium lamb is also produced for export and to supply the Wilderness Lodge Restaurant.

 Spring is a busy time on the farm

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.

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

See blade-shearing

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

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

Adobe Acrobat DocumentFarm Info Sheet - Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

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

 Orphan lambs like nothing better than meeting guests for a bottle of milk and a cuddle.

Orphan lambs like nothing better than meeting guests for a bottle of milk and a cuddle.


  • “More than a Lodge, a terrific resort.”


    My wife and I went with family and friends to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed two nights in Arthur's Pass and another two nights in the sister lodge at Lake Moreaki. We were very impressed with t...


    SBF2, Houston
  • “Great Escape into the Wilderness”


    We (family of four) enjoyed the many personal touches that Michael and team displayed during our 2 day stay. Food, room, ambiance, walks in the woods and sheep shearing experiences made the entire sta...


    Tom D, Singapore
  • “Comfort and education in the wilderness”


    We stayed only one night, but we had two memorable walks in the wilderness. One was expertly lead by a knowledgeable guide with a real love and passion for the environment and nature. Excellent food i...


    PGNM, Bristol, United Kingdom

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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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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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