Hastings - Heart of Hawke's Bay

Experience farming first hand at WoolWorld

September 7th, 2011

Many townies have a particular fascination with farming life but rarely get to experience it first hand. At WoolWorld you will be able to take in the sights and sounds of everyday life on a New Zealand farm.

The 13,500 acre station at Clifton Station was originally settled in 1859 but has been progressively made smaller to remain as a productive farm of 2,000 acres today. The woolshed was built in 1886 and while, no longer used as a working area it has become the centre of entertainment on the station.

A Farming Show in the woolshed allows you the chance to climb in a pen with pet sheep, a cow or a captain cooker pig.

At the Wool and Shearing show you will see sheep being shorn using modern and historical appliances while sheep dog and woodchopping demonstrations are also performed on the station.

The woolshed includes a museum where you will be able to get up close with an assortment of old farming memorabilia, much of it having been used on Clifton Station over the years. Also included in the woolshed is a wool retail shop where keen knitters can buy supplies for their next garment.  A licensed café is located a short distance from the woolshed and is an ideal place for a cup of tea or coffee and something to eat following your farming experience.

WoolWorld shows last around an hour and are available to individuals, families or school groups.

Life on the farm often holds a bit of mystique to local and international visitors, and WoolWorld allows everyone a chance to see close up what goes on ‘down on the farm’. Look at what these people had to say:

More information on Wool World is available at www.cliftonstation.co.nz

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