Mount Nic Merino Sheep Farming Station

While waiting for the ferry in Wellington, to cross the Cook Straight to the south island, a particular brochure with a bold logo in the tourist information area caught my attention:

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So upon arriving in Queenstown I had to book myself onto a tour to explore Mt. NIC, advertised as “New Zealand’s Ultimate High Country Experience”.  So I learned that there is a mountain named after me, Mount Nicholas, on the south-eastern shores of Lake Wakatipu, a 30minute boat ride from Queenstown.  Set on 100,000 acres of land, Mt. Nic is one of the largest, historic, family run, working Merino sheep stations. The surrounding scenery is just stunning with views along the take, rugged hillsides and snow-covered mountains in the distance!

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Mt. NIC Woolshed Experience

The first part of my tour was spent inside the Woolshed, where they shear the Merino sheep.  There was no activity that day, but I got to learn why Merino wool is nature’s high-performance fibre – super soft, strong and warm! They have over 30,000 Merino sheep – so the average sheep has 2.5 acres of land!  The shear volume of wool that each sheep produces in a year also amazed me:

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After lunch we took a short tour of the surrounding area, which included a walk to the lake shore and to a lookout point, where there was a picnic table with my name on!

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Nicholas Reynolds with Mount Nicholas

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Our boat coming to take us back to Queenstown