Te Whanga Story

Established in 1936 by PJ Borthwick, and used as a training farm for returned servicemen after World War II, Te Whanga is one of New Zealand’s iconic sheep and beef stations producing quality meat with genetic integrity . Located at Gladstone, in the Wairarapa, the 1650 ha. station is home to 10,000 sheep and 700 Angus cattle.
The Te Whanga Angus stud was established in 1936 and initially purchased cattle from the Waiterenui and Pharazyn studs. These first animals had more than a weeks journey by foot and rail from Hawkes Bay before reaching their new home.
In 1972 Robin’s Overshiels Stud was combined with the Te Whanga Stud to add depth and allow the stud cattle to fit into a commercial station system and be top producers offering reliability and quality proven genetics.
PJ believed the fundamental business would always be commercial bulls and his philosophy was to breed the best commercial bulls in New Zealand around temperament, soundness, growth,and fertility. 80 years later the approach remains the same.