A Little History

Cradled in the rolling hills of North Canterbury is Tipapa, an oasis of privacy surrounded by its own land and parklike grounds.

The estate was once part of a 10,000-acre sheep station established in the grand manner of the times by William Acton-Adams, a well-known lawyer and financier, in 1888.

Two years later in 1890, the Woolshed was constructed from native timbers. The current and magnificent Tipapa homestead was completed by William’s son Herbert Acton-Adams, in 1928.

It is a property blessed by its own geography, positioned in the middle of the Alpine Pacific Triangle – Christchurch, Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura are all barely 1 hour’s drive away, and within just 12 minutes of Tipapa you will discover the pleasures of the wonderful Waipara wine growing region, trout fishing on the Hurunui River, plus the diving and rich fishing grounds at Motunau Beach.

The Woolshed at Tipapa has been meticulously restored to its former and character-filled glory. The atmosphere of a working woolshed pervades every plank, and the extensive shearers stencilling on the walls tells a fascinating and historic story. The Woolshed is now available to be shared as a very special events centre.

Features include…

~Approximately 170 sq metres of floor space
~Music system
~Theatre capability
~Fully heated
~Telephone & Broadband facilities
~Fully equipped commercial kitchen
~Catering as required
~Tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery and glassware
~Disabled facilities
~On & Off-licence
~Secluded courtyard
~Adjacent cottage with private garden

The well-preserved sheep pens remain at The Woolshed together with the original shearing equipment, which dates back to the early 1900’s, and was at that time steam engine driven.

Facing North, The Woolshed overlooks an attractive grass circle to the hills beyond and is protected by a mature and impressive stand of trees.
Parking is plentiful yet out of sight of The Woolshed and the surrounding area.