Middlehurst Station is one of New Zealand’s original high country runs. It covers 16550 hectares in the Upper Awatere Valley, Marlborough at the top of the South Island.

Middlehurst extends right to the top of the rugged Inland Kaikoura Range. It’s classic high country ranging in altitude from 550 meters to 2,500 meters. The homestead is at 800 meters. The station’s other boundaries are the Awatere, Tone and Winterton Rivers.

It is ideal country to raise merino – the hardy breed of sheep whose fleece is used to create soft, luxurious, warm and durable fabrics used in international brands like Icebreaker.

Merino has long been the breed of choice here. Today, Middlehurst runs 8,500 sheep (producing 48,000 kg of fibre a year) and 950 cattle.