Where the Wild Spirit NZ dream was born. In 1994 The Big Sheep was created of corrugated iron to become an iconic building in Tirau. From this one building the spirit of Tirau was born with amazing buildings and sculptures colouring the town.
When joined by the Dog information centre next door, the two buildings became a magnet to people passing through town on their journeys. People from all over the world, curious to see what The Big Sheep was all about, found a range of kiwi products to suit their travelling needs.
Next time you are travelling down State Highway One through Tirau, pop in and say hello to Jan or Lois who’ll be very happy to meet you and hear all about your journey.
We even have a fantastic Cafe and Honey shop right inside the building offering awesome honey icecreams and the best coffee in town!
Canterbury Sheepskin™ is proudly made in New Zealand by Canterbury Leather International Ltd – our company that was established way back in 1974.
Canterbury Leather International Ltd. has earned its reputation for well made sheepskin footwear, apparel and accessories, both in New Zealand and international markets. The enduring principles of New Zealand made, uncompromising quality standards and product integrity are the foundations of our business.
No other fibre in the world can match wool for all its unique properties – warm in winter, cool in summer with the ability to absorb moisture without feeling wet. We source premium hides to bring you the highest quality sheepskin boots and accessories. From specially reinforced heel supports in the boots to the luxurious sheepskin insoles, Canterbury Sheepskin™ products are designed to bring you the ultimate in quality, comfort and design.
Canterbury Sheepskin™ products reflect the New Zealand made pioneer spirit, using resources from which New Zealand as a nation was built. We hope you enjoy wearing them as much as we enjoy making them.