Endean's Mill is an historic native saw mill situated on Ongarue Stream Road, Waimiha. The last remaining standing native saw mill in the region.
Non-operational for over 20 years the sawmill and most of its surrounding infrastructure still remains intact.
Across the property lies an assortment of tram lines and bogies, vehicles, drying sheds, mill worker houses and stacked processed native timber. There is also the steam engine that originally powered the mill.
The mill was originally located in Matiere , and when timber supply in that region was exhausted in 1927 it was moved to its current location in Waimiha.
There is plenty more history relating to this site, come and visit to find out more.
Donation requested to visit/tour the site. This goes towards the property maintenance and rates
Endean's Mill is a stunning location for photography. Showcasing contrasting colours and an ever changing landscape this site makes a gorgeous photographic opportunity all year around. The site includes picturesque weathered wooden homes, patinaed vehicles and varied wildlife. Situated in a secluded valley the patchwork of snapshot opportunities are spread across a flat site accessible via a gentle stroll.
Photography groups or individuals welcome. Make a booking through our email below.
Donation requested to visit the site. This goes towards the property maintenance and rates
The current care takers/owners of the mill are Gerard Beeson and Ian Ottaway.
Ian's family have worked at Endean's Mill for over 80 years. Ian's father, John was an employee and built a house for his family on the section overlooking the property. Ian and his brother, George worked in the mill as yard hands as they grew up. George became Manager for the Endean family and in 1996 purchased the property from them.
After passing away in 2018 George left the mill to brother Ian and neighbour and long time close friend Gerard Beeson. Gerard has lived next to the mill for over 40 years and has farm land throughout the region.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will enable the longevity of the site.