A shout out to the volunteer team who run and maintain The Wool Shed, New Zealand’s Museum of Sheep and Shearing in Masterton. We stopped in on a day trip to the Wairarapa while staying in Wellington and were welcomed by a pair of volunteers keen to help and inform us.
We stayed about half an hour – and would have lingered longer if time permitted – meandering around the sheep and shearing exhibits. There’s an old school shearing shed board with two belt-driven Wolseley shearing machines which are fired up occasionally for shearing demonstrations.
The shearing shed, dating from the 1880s, is one of two from local farms that were joined together to make the museum which opened in 2005. There’s lots of other displays championing sheep, wool and farming, as well as a retail shop selling all things woolly. Visit thewoolshednz.com