Welcome to Rock Ridge Farm, Rock Ridge Crafts and much more.

Welcome to Rock Ridge Farm based in picturesque Little Sydney Valley, 10 minutes from Motueka and from Kaiteriteri Beach. After 14 years of planning, determination, hard work and wonderful adventures my dream of farm ownership came true in 2006.

In the first week I joined the New Zealand Tree Crops Association and the Alpaca Association of New Zealand. I needed to register a farm name and looking around spotted animals perched on the rocks on our ridge.

Having helped my friend for many years with lambing and moving stock she presented me with my first Romney sheep and lambs, and then as my interest in coloured wool grew she sorted out her unwanted coloured lambs and my breeding flock came into being.

Alpacas then started arriving – first 2 wethers, then 2 young females, then an experienced and pregnant mother and we started mating 2 females a year with selected males choosing to breed the true black colour line.

Rock Ridge Farm, Motueka, Nelson

The Nelson Tree Crops group meets monthly on each others properties. A visit to a Hazelnut property and my goal was born to develop a nut business. A year of research led us to planting hazelnuts, almonds and macadamias. Friends offered run down orchards to harvest, process and I sold via the Farmers Market and Nelson Saturday market for 4 years, learning to value add and compliance, staffing and how to maintain and improve their groves.


Rock Ridge Craft School Motueka

The wool and alpaca fleeces were put to use and products added to my sales tent at the markets, with friends helping to keep up with demand. The dream to teach people to use the fibre along with a large shearing shed being converted made the craft school a reality in 2017. Classes are held during holidays, weekends and weekdays by arrangement, including special events, birthday parties and school visits.

Having sent my yarn away to processors for many years my desire to have a crack at this came into being in 2018 when I was able to acquire some machinery to card, gill and spin fleece into yarn. This is still a major learning curve requiring some mastery not yet acquired but progressing.

The farm came with bird cages and these are being put to good use for a cattery. So cats are welcome to have a holiday here while you go away for yours.

The farm is open to farm visits by appointment and farm stays are welcome.


Come and learn or relearn the old crafts and not just knitting and weaving. Come and learn with me how to use a knitting machine, a sock making machine, how to sew, how to use an overlocker. My grandmother taught me tatting, cross stitch and embroidery, and I watched her make lace. My mother taught me sewing and she learnt spinning and weaving. A friend has given me the loom my dad made for my mum. Mum also learnt macramé. We learnt cane basket weaving at school. Have a go at leather work, embellishing your clothes or accessories with patches, fabric paints, or bead work.

Advance your craft skill with special tutors, online courses, and access to a vast library of books and DVD’s.

Those at High School – is this an opportunity for NCEA credits or Gateway work experience? Could this be a step towards tertiary education at NMIT or University? There will also be opportunities to display your work at local and national exhibitions and competitions.

Could this be a fun and friendly way to create for yourself, your family, your friends or for income?

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