The Alpaca Place, New Zealand, was founded in 2001 and is operated by sisters Liz Barnes and Cheryl Hughson, breeding alpacas under the prefixes NZ Eikon (Liz), and Huari (Cheryl). Although we have a rural background, we had never personally farmed livestock. We chose to farm alpacas when we discovered these animals are highly intelligent, gentle and manageable. They have proven easy for us to handle and train.
The Alpaca Place is located in the beautiful Rangitumau Valley, near Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand, in the lower half of the North Island, a part of the Greater Wellington region.
Starting with a “three in one” package (a pregnant female with a cria at foot) and adding a further pregnant female five months later, within a year of our original purchases we had 5 alpacas, two of which were already pregnant again and a third due for mating. Just 5 years later, our herd numbered excess of 30! And now we have many more! We have proven that starting small on a limited budget is no barrier to success, and we are eager to share our successful methods on how to breed top alpacas.
We have built a reputable alpaca stud which supplies the local and international market with alpacas priced to suit every purse. Our target is to breed easy to handle alpacas with outstanding conformation and fleece. From Day 1, we instituted a training programme to ensure our alpacas are halter-trained and easily managed, making them dream animals for those inexperienced in farming, or for those whose small stature and and limited strength makes farming of traditional animals difficult. Because alpacas are relatively easy breeders people with larger blocks of land can quickly increase the size of their herd to their optimum number.
The Alpaca Place specializes in Huacaya alpacas. From the beginning, we are aimed for excellence, and have proven our breeding success with many first placings and Championships awarded in the show ring. We are proud to be able to offer quality alpacas for sale, along with those of a sufficient standard to enable you to quickly breed quality alpacas. At whatever level you wish to enter the alpaca industry, we can help – contact us today to find out what we will do for you.
We have proven we are long stayers in the alpaca industry with a proven history of customer service. We sell alpacas nationwide (and internationally) and are worth travelling for! To discover more reasons why you should trust us with your purchase, check out Our Credentials, Our Commitment and Our Services
The Alpaca Place is located at 365 Bluff Rangitumau Rd, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Nestled east of the Tararua Ranges in the Wairarapa plain, Masterton is a rural township surrounded by farmland and popular with hobby farmers, lifestylers and holiday makers.
We foresee the Wairarapa as a major centre in NZ alpaca farming, combining the country lifestyle with close, easy access to Wellington which is only 50k south. Lifestyle blocks here are easily obtainable with a choice of hill country or flat terrain and a moderate climate.Many hobby farmers choose to commute to Wellington thus combining all the advantages of a country lifestyle and city careers.
People who choose this lifestyle will find alpacas perfectly suited to their farmlets because they are extremely easy to care for by people without a farming background and there is a great local support network for training in how to handle and care for these delightful animals. Because they have an extremely efficient digestive system, taking full advantage of available nutrition they can be stocked at a higher rate than sheep, making them viable for even the smallest block of land .
To find The Alpaca Place:
From Masterton, head north on Opaki Rd (SH 2) about 7 km north of Masterton, turn right at the green Mauriceville, and brown Alpaca Farm Tour signs (Kaipororo Rd), then take the first right into Bluff Rangitumau Rd. Follow the road round the bluff and back onto the flat, we are about 1.5 km past the first single lane bridge, at number 365 (on the left – formerly 9D, both numbers are on the letterbox) See Map below.
Alternatively, from the South, you can take the Heavy Traffic Bypass, turn right into Loop Line (at the Mauriceville sign), drive to the end and turn left (north)on to SH2, then next right into Kaipororo Rd, (also signposted Mauriceville AND Alpaca Farm Tours), then take the first right into Bluff-Rangitumau Rd. Follow the road round the bluff and back onto the flat, – we are about 1.5 km past the first single lane bridge, at number 365 (on the left – formerly 9D, both numbers are on the letterbox) See Map below.
From the North, travel down SH2 past Mt Bruce & Pukaha Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre, and continue on past the Heavy Traffic By Pass to Masterton (do not turn into the Heavy Traffic Bypass). Continue another 1-2 km down SH2 to the large green sign to Mauriceville AND the brown tourist sign Alpaca Farm Tours, turn left there into Kaipororo Rd, then take the first right into Bluff Rangitumau Rd. Follow the road round the bluff and back onto the flat – we are about 1.5 km past the first single lane bridge, at number 365 (on the left – formerly 9D, both numbers are on the letterbox). See Map below.
(Hint: there is a turn off to Mauriceville just south of Eketahuna – do not take this route – it will get your here, but will take a lot longer!)
If all else fails, phone us (06 372 5565) for directions!