Natures Wonders - Sheep Shed
Dunedin, New Zealand
- Sheep shearing: Follow along as trained dogs masterfully maneuver the sheep into holding pens and the shearing shed. You'll experience the high energy of a real sheep farm, be able to touch and feel the wool, and smell the lanolin on it.
- Wildlife watching: Enjoy the opportunity to observe local species in their natural habitats; Otago Peninsula is home to a variety of birds and marine mammal species.
About This Dunedin Tour
The use of sheep for food and clothing goes back at least 10,000 years. That's a lot of time to perfect techniques – as you'll see at the sheep shed, where raising and shearing sheep has been refined to an art form.
Worldwide, there are over one thousand different breeds of sheep, with the wool of each suited to different uses. New Zealand's climate is ideal for raising sheep that provide high-quality fibers for clothing and carpet.
As you closely watch sheepdogs herd the flock to your station at the shearing table, you can imagine a variety of future sweaters, rugs, and overcoats going by. The actual shearing process hasn't changed that much since the advent of electricity, but the wool being harvested is far superior to that produced just decades ago.
The biggest factor affecting the softness of wool is the diameter of individual fibers; the thinner the fiber, the softer the fleece. Many breeders in New Zealand are also letting their sheep feed on natural grass, which improves overall quality.
The fleeces you'll see sheared – and shear yourself, if you wish – are made of thin, high-quality fibers. It's hard work, but you'll be surprised by the shear fun of it.
The wool boom
When the Korean War started in June 1950, the United States needed a lot of wool fast to protect its forces from frigid temperatures that were just a few months away. New Zealand saw the opportunity and, by 1951, was in the midst of a wool boom that saw quality rise and prices triple. Prices fell again after the war, but the industry has kept quality high to this day.
Please make your way to 1265 Harington Point Rd, Taiaroa Head, Dunedin to begin your adventure.
Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather.
There is approximately 100 yards of walking over a well groomed gravel track with slight inclines and declines. Travelers with mobility issues should not select tour.
Scenic, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
100 countries, 915 cities… limitless possibilities
All our tours are offered by expert local guides & operators
Head off the beaten path with our unique tours & activities
You can rely on our team of travel industry experts
Your order is subject to TourTrek's Booking Ticket Agreement, including all TourTrek and GoBe policies incorporated therein.
Have you been on this experience?
Write a Review
Fields marked are required.
Please enter your review.