Wild Wool Gallery is located on the outskirts of Lake Manapouri. Lake Manapouri is part of Fiordland National Park which was established in 1952, the Fiordland National Park is a local and international treasure. In 1970, almost 10% of New Zealand’s population signed the “Save Manapouri” petition – protesting against the Government’s proposal to raise the levels of lakes Manapouri and Te Anau as part of the Manapouri Power Project to provide electricity for the aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point. An action which has today benefitted local and vistor alike and preserved paradise.
The 12 acre farm Kepler Mountain View Alpacas is where Wild Wool Gallery is based and where Jessie and Ray Haanen raise alpacas for their fine fibre. Jessie works as a fibre artist on the property creating “unique one off fine accessories by felting alpaca fibre, silks and merino fibre. Alpaca wool is durable, luxurious and silky natural fibre and while it may appear similar to sheep’s wool, its warmer and lighter (hollow fibre), not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic”. Alpaca fiber is naturally water-repellent and fire resistant.
Wild Wool Gallery in addition stock a range of other alpaca products made in New Zealand from New Zealand alpaca fibre processed by a fibre co-operative based in Central Otago which Ray and Jessie are part of and these include:
- Beautiful baby alpaca knitted jumpers, jerseys and ponchos
- Woven Alpaca blankets and scarves
- Alpaca socks
- Alpaca yarn
- Alpaca felted Goats milk soaps
- Alpaca soft toys
- Alpaca knitted hats, gloves, fingerless mittens and scarves.
- Alpaca duvets at wholesale prices.
- Carded Alpaca Fibre.
- A range of small gifts and souvenirs.
Wild Wool Gallery can arrange to ship purchases home for you.
And of course you get to met the Alpacas, adorable animals that do not like to be patted but will happily come to you and eat alpaca nuts out of your hand – they are extremely gentle feeders and all you will feel is a soft brush of their top lip on your hand. There are regular tours run throughout the day where you can get to spend time with the alpacas in the paddock or even go for a trek over the farm with your own personal alpaca or just enjoy sometime with the mums and bubs. Check out website for tour times and bookings.
Kepler Mountain View Alpacas accommodation is fully insulated and constructed from renewable resources with a water supply thats pure fresh Fiordland rainwater. Their electricity comes from solar power backed up by main hydro electricity if required and hot water is heated by LPG gas. Carbon positive with a 25 hectare forestry block planted in 1995 which off sets our own carbon footprint. The outdoor living area looks onto the Kepler, Hunter and Takitimu Mountains (named after the Takatimu waka and the myth of the Takatimu fairy queen), with its outdoor hot tub perfect for star gazing at amazing southern night sky and a gas BBQ to cook such local fare as wild venison or near by Tapa. Gardens separate Kepler Mountain View Cottage from the main house to enable privacy for guests. Your sleep will be glorious as all seasons alpaca duvets made from alpaca fibre makes for a very comfy sleep.