Woolshed canaan landscape with marble and Gotland sheep, Canaan road Takaka Hill, New Zealand

The Woolshed is set in an appealing and unique environment on route to Golden Bay. The karst marble landscape is a unique feature of the area.From Motueka, remain on the main road to Collingwood and head up the Takaka Hill. Our location is Canaan Rd, just after the Ngarua Caves, Canaan Road is the next right hand turn. The Woolshed is situated just off the main road. Drive down the Canaan Road for 150 metres and turn into a large carpark.

The Takaka Hill is typical karst country with its weathered rock forms and numerous sink holes. It’s often referred to as the Marble Mountain. Marble from Kairuru gained national prominence in 1911, when it was chosen for use in the construction of Parliament Buildings in Wellington. The government architect, John Campbell, specified Kairuru marble because it had the necessary strength and could be polished to a high creamy lustre. (Here to read more about the Kairuru marble.)

Canaan Road is the entrance road to the inland Abel Tasman National Park and Harwoods Hole, the biggest hole in the Southern hemisphere. The Rameka mountain bike starts in Canaan, this is one of the longest downhill rides in New Zealand. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was filmed in Canaan, where you can visit the famous Chetwood Forest from The Lord of the Rings.