The historic woolshed is 100 years old. The Aramoana Station Woolshed was built by the McHardy Family and used by surrounding stations to ship wool to the Port of Napier. The Woolshed is a fantastic example of early sheep farming in New Zealand and is in the process of being painted, re-roofed, and renovated for the future. It is hoped that this magnificent building of historic importance to the area. Rod Hansen from DOC have used it for visiting groups to the Marine Reserve and Ouepoto Wetlands.
Woolshed and hill restoration commenced this January 2012. The woolshed has been moved back to position and the huge slip has been contoured and landscaped.
A 100 year storm hit the east coast in April 2011 and decimated the coast from southern Central Hawkes Bay to Clifton. A rain bomb with huge winds lasted several days causing the hills to slip into the sea, with extensive flooding at many of the coastal beaches. Fortunately Shoal beach houses and the land were unscathed but surrounding beaches, hillsides, farms, roads and bridges were wiped out. The road to Shoal beach was closed for weeks while the local council cleared debri, mud, trees and fences from the roads. The slip behind the woolshed moved the woolshed a meter of it's piles and is now under consideration for repairs.
The Department of Conservation and the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve Advisory Committee had much pleasure in celebrating 10 years of achievements. A Powhiri mihi whakatu was held at the Aramoana Station woolshed on the foreshore where there were invited speakers, followed by a barbeque breakfast. The renovations to the Woolshed by the Shoal Beach Development company have been completed with restoration, painting, and a large hall area for education groups. The woolshed has been preserved as a working woolshed and the McHardy family are gathering historical photos for display.