A huge dual sheep and beef stud operation near Dannevirke has been put up for sale - all 1738 hectares of it, including a private airstrip.

Known as Rolling Downs Station, the property comprises two adjoining sheep and beef breeding and finishing blocks on rolling countryside fenced into some 160 paddocks.

The property consists of a 1172ha farm, next door to 566ha of farmland known as the Tunakore block, near Te Uri, 28km northeast of Dannevirke, and is being marketed for sale by tender through Bayleys Havelock North.

Tony Rasmussen and Vic Ellingham of Bayleys said the farms could be tendered for individually, or in their current combined status.


Rasmussen said at present the station was run as one substantial farming operation serviced by its own airfield and "fantastic laneway system".

The main block on its own made for a "magnificent farming enterprise", Rasmussen said.

"The 5.5km of internal roading provide exceptional vehicle access and stock movement – allowing for livestock to be trucked to and from a central location.

"The topography of Rolling Downs Station is exceptionally good. The whole farm contains more than 800ha of paddocks spreadable by a fertiliser truck."

Stock records from June this year show Rolling Downs Station wintered 12,129 sheep and 506 cows and steers.

Farm building infrastructure on the bigger Ngapaeruru Rd farm consists of two four-stand wool sheds with a night pen capable of holding up to 1200 sheep each, with four sets of cattle yards in total, a four-bay implement shed/workshop with concrete flooring, as well as a near-new three-bay implement shed and workshop.

There is also a 100-tonne fertiliser bin at the top of the farm with an adjoining airstrip for loading top-dressing aircraft.

In addition, there is a central set of near-new covered sheep yards with concrete base and cattle yards at the end of the 5.5km centre road.


Meanwhile, building infrastructure on the Tunakore block consists of a four-stand woolshed with night pen capable of holding up to 1200 sheep, a four-bay implement shed/workshop with concrete flooring, as well as cattle yards.

A five-bedroom owner/manager's residence provides accommodation on the Tunakore block.

The Tunakore block also has 71ha of tended pinus radiata forestry blocks aged between 21 and 24 years, with a further 8.5ha of young pinus radiata planted within the bigger landholding. Poplar and willow trees have been planted across the property for shelter and soil erosion control.

Tenders close at 4pm on November 13.