Silverhill Alpacas is an alpaca farm dedicated to breeding fine but densely fleeced coloured alpacas (although a couple of whites have sneaked into the herd). Originally situated on 5 acres about 7km north east of Wellsford and close to the Northland border, Silverhill Alpacas was established in early 2004 with the purchase of 2 wethers. We soon became ‘hooked’ on these wonderful animals and bought our first breeding female shortly thereafter. Our herd has grown substantially to around 70 alpacas and in order to accommodate them all we moved in Nov 2017 to a 12ha property midway between Matakohe and Tinopai in Northland. 14km from the famous Matakohe Kauri Museum and within a 2 hour drive of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, our new property has extensive views of the Kaipara Harbour (the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere)
Our objective with the huacayas is to improve the fleece fineness and density of the coloured animals to parallel the quality currently found in white and light fawn alpacas. To help achieve this we are using high quality white or fawn males over our coloured females in the expectation that they will pass on the fineness, density and crimp definition but retain the colour from the dam.
Another new venture in 2009 was the opening of our farm shop, selling alpaca knitted accessories and baby items, alpaca yarn (from our own alpacas) and carded alpaca fibre. The shop is currently only open by appointment. Many of the products we have for sale will also be available online. In 2012 we launched our own label "NutZ about ALPACA" and the products sold under this label are 100% NZ Alpaca, either sourced from our own alpacas or other local alpaca herds. The product range includes knitting yarn, handknitted accessories and machine knitted accessories. Our newest items are Snood and Baby Cot Blanket. They are SO soft and truly luxurious items.
Apart from the farm shop, and selling online, we also attend Mangawhai Village Market most Saturdays with our products and knitting yarn. Some of the yarn has been commercially spun at a mill in Christchurch, the rest has been handspun and is available for sale.
We are passionate about our alpacas and are happy to share our experience and advice with prospective, new or established alpaca owners or breeders. We welcome visitors to the farm but please check first that we are home.
STOP PRESS!! We are now offering a campsite for self-contained caravans and motor homes to allow people to experience the wonderful views of our property and walk among the alpacas