Welcome

This website is for everyone interested in alpacas and their care, and has detailed information about breeding, shearing, fleece, health and welfare, cria, alpacas for sale and more. If you want to find out more about our farm tours, click here. If you are new to alpacas, Alpaca Facts, Frequently Asked Questions, and Why Buy Alpacas will introduce you to the basics, and show why alpacas are the smart option for lifestyle farmers! Otherwise, browse and enjoy!

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The Alpaca Place provides:

  • New Zealand Alpacas for Sale: We are well-established, highly reputable alpaca breeders. Worth travelling for! You’ll find the alpaca thats right for you, right here! We love helping people achieve their dreams – we offer interest free finance to suit your budget (conditions apply).
  • Export Quality alpacas: Look at the advantages of purchasing your alpacas from New Zealand, and the benefits of buying from The Alpaca Place
  • Interactive Farm Tours: Enjoy a family friendly farm tour – suitable for families, individuals and groups.
  • Outstanding Customer Commitment: You’ll enjoy unrivalled customer support and much, much more. You’ll spot the difference!
  • Free booklet: Interested in alpacas? Ensure you make an informed decision by reading the booklet “Discover Alpacas” before you buy. Available free in New Zealand only
  • Alpaca Fibre sales: You’ll love the feel and look of your handspun alpaca yarn
  • Newsletter: Published every 2-3 months and chock full of information on alpacas! Our value packed newsletter is by distribution list only – it is not a website resource, so sign up today.
  • Workshops and seminars: Valued at $300 + GST per person, available FREE to our customers! You’ll benefit from the opportunity to have hands on learning about your chosen livestock. We have workshops on how to handle and care for your alpacas, and seminars on breeding and ante-natal care of cria.
  • Stud Services: You’ll be impressed with our line-up of stunning stud males. Use them to improve the quality of your cria. New service: drive-by matings by selected studs are also available for a reduced fee. Ask for our Stud Services booklet – IT’S FREE!
  • Our website is a valuable resource. You can use it to research almost every aspect of alpaca management – it is regularly accessed by alpaca enthusiasts all over the world- see the menu on the right, or use the tabs at the top of the page to enter our website..

Our Location: The Alpaca Place lies in the beautiful Rangitumau Valley, Masterton, New Zealand – for more information on where to find us, click here. We are really easy to find, but if you plan to visit, we suggest you save our phone number – 06 372 5565 into your cell phone, so you can call us if you need to.
Pre-purchase Research: Thinking of investing in alpacas for breeding or as pets, and want to know more? We welcome visits to our farm so we can discuss your questions with you, and show you the many benefits of alpaca ownership and of connecting with us. We believe anyone who wants to own alpacas should have the opportunity to do so – so we offer interest free finance (conditions apply) to make the desirable affordable, and bring your dreams to life!

 
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News and Updates


New Arrivals

September 13, 2017

We are delighted to announce the arrival of 2 top stud males to our herd, with the addition of Forestglen Tarquin and Arcady Zegna. Until this week these Australian imports were based at Waimarie Stud in Hawkes Bay.These males will be vital in continuing the quality cria we have been getting from our current top male, Highway Star Gold Flash. Like Flash, both Tarquin and Zegna were sired by impact males (Tarquin – Purrumbete Inti, and Zegna – Jolimont Conquistador). For more information about these exciting males, vist our stud Services page

Forestglen Tarquin (Imp Aust), solid white

Arkady Zegna (Imp Aust), dark fawn

Posted By: Cheryl


The Alpaca Place features in the Wairarapa Times-Age!

July 15, 2017

A recent article in our local paper, The Wairarapa Times Age, featured Liz and I and The Alpaca Place.

If you would like to read the full article, follow this link http://times-age.co.nz/sisters-know-done/

Posted By: Cheryl


Our superfine fibre!

June 25, 2017

Each year, we pick out the best fleeces of each colour and keep them on hand to sell to craftspeople, both as raw fleece (straight from the alpacas back), or the “best of the best” we have carded for those buyers who prefer to have their alpaca fibre ready to spin or felt.

This year we struck a problem when our carder was unable to card our alpaca fleece as it was too fine . What a problem to have! The hunt was on for a new carder who could deal with our quality fleeces.

We settled on Kane Carding who assured us they would be able to deal with our superfine alpacas fleeces, and we are very happy with the result. The photo shows our carded fibre waiting to be unloaded. We were told by Kane Carding they had never carded such fine fleece before – proof that our breeding programme using the power of pedigree is paying off!

Posted By: Cheryl


Building maintenance

June 1, 2017

Being on a farm involves ongoing maintenance, and sometimes that includes building maintenance as well. Many of the fittings were poorly installed before we bought the property, and we have gradually repaired and replaced most of what was sub-standard. This month was the turn of the garage windows, which were originally 2nd hand, and installed without flashing, so the wood surrounding them gradually rotted. We now have brand spanking new glass windows with aluminum surrounds, and flashing!

 

Before replacement commenced

The old windows out

New windows installed

Posted By: Cheryl


Autumn news

May 18, 2017

Now that we have reached late Autumn, our summer tasks are ending, and winter ones beginning. Matings are over now until Spring, although we still have some pregnancy scans to confirm pregnancy happening later this month. Our Spring cria have now been weaned and have started their halter training, this will continue on an ongoing basis as the summer and autumn cria reach 6 months of age, and are weaned in their turn.

We have sown the last of our pasture to be regrassed. This has been ongoing over the last 3 years, and our pasture is showing the effects (see the photo  of  Masterclass standing knee high in grass). The last paddock has been fenced off with a temporary raceway at one end so we can get the alpacas down to the roadside paddock to graze. This new fence caused some consternation with our alpacas the first few times we used it, as they didn’t know where it was taking them!

Cheryl has also split the roadside paddock in two with temporary fencing. This will give us more management control by enabling us to leave paddocks ungrazed for a while to recover and regrow. It is a temporary fence only, as this large paddock is also our hay paddock, so the fence will come down in Spring to enable the hay to grow. By then our resown pasture should be ready for grazing, so the temporary raceway will come down then too, with a more permanent fence going in down the fenceline that has been just a row of posts for several years!

Masterclass kneehigh in our new pasture

Posted By: Cheryl


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