We welcome everyone to visit our gorgeous Alpacas at the farm and view our proudly NZ-made products
Situated at 506 Rawhitiroa Road, Eltham, en route to the scenic Lake Rotokare Reserve, we have a herd of over 60 Huacaya Alpacas. Our Alpacas have a low impact on the land and are sustainable and environmentally friendly to farm.
You can come and be amongst these animals so revered for their fleece and gentle, tranquil nature.
We have devoted areas to the planting of native flora and also have a dairy farm with around 500 milking cows, a small mob of Wiltshire/Dorper cross sheep, two goats and two miniature horses - plenty of animals to provide entertainment.
Frequent open days allow visitors the chance to feed and get hands on with our endearing animals.
Group and Bus Tour bookings are very welcome. We offer the chance to walk through and feed the Alpacas, cuddle with Cria, and lead one of our Pet boys.
Please email, text or ring to make a booking, a small fee will apply.
Experience "The fibre of the Gods" at Moonacre Alpacas
Wool and cloth made from alpaca fleece was worth its weight in gold in ancient times. This fibre was used as everything from clothing, to construction material, to currency.
Royalty wore it. Bridges were built using it. Armies were paid with it.
The Incans called it "the fibre of the gods."
The art of spinning and weaving alpaca fleece was almost lost centuries ago when the Spanish Conquistadors tried to wipe out South America's alpaca population in an effort to destabilise their economy. Some alpaca remained, hidden in remote Altiplano.
Some alpaca remained, hidden in remote Altiplano.
During the Industrial Revolution, the closely guarded secret of alpaca fleece was rediscovered by the Europeans and this unique fibre was enjoyed once again. Despite alpaca farming going global, there was not enough of this luxury commodity to go around; it lost ground to newer and more cheaply manufactured synthetic fibres.
But the secret was not forgotten. The legacy lives on for a new generation at Moonacre Alpacas.
Our on farm shop provides handmade, quality products made onsite from the amazing alpaca fleece as well as unique hand and machine knitted clothing and other knitted products.
By buying from Moonacre Alpacas you are making an environmentally friendly purchase. Alpaca fleece is a green, renewable fibre and its production has a low impact on farmland.
You are buying a product made in New Zealand, with a low carbon footprint. Supporting New Zealand industry, this fleece is carded and spun by hand and also sent away to a mill within New Zealand.
You are purchasing a real slice of New Zealand, not something mass produced in China.
- Alpaca fleece is highly insulating and more moisture resistant than sheep’s wool, and contains no lanolin, making it hypoallergenic.
- Wool and cloth made from alpaca fleece are light, soft, and luxurious to the touch, yet strong and hard wearing.
These properties make alpaca fleece an excellent choice even in a sea of synthetic fibres.
Check out our store!
We have a range of unique, hand crafted products using the fibre of the gods!