Last updated on February 8, 2017
Arapawa Sheep originated from a fine-wooled breed of merino sheep from Europe.
Liberated onto Arapawa Island at the top of the South Island as food for returning whalers and sealers they soon adapted well to their surroundings.
The rams have the nickname "rasta ram" due to its long matted wool and huge 1 1/2 curl plus horns with heavy bases. These large curled horns make them an incredibly attractive and sought after trophy animal.