At Mahoe Hills you can learn how to make felt from alpaca fibre or merino wool. We follow the journey of the fibre from shearing to carding through to felting. The final result can be a bag, cushion cover, hat, gloves or scarf.
Mahoe Hills has a dye-garden and we teach a variety of eco-dye methods using leaves and flowers. We use recycled clothes and textiles as much as possible. An op-shop garment can be turned into a one-off designer garment.
Another option is to create a mosaic from recycled materials. We have an eclectic variety of tiles, crockery and ornaments to create beautiful mirrors, frames or pots.
We offer tailored full-day workshops for individuals or groups of friends and can cater for special requests and occassions. Click here for more info Workshops
We also offer half day craft sessions for individuals or small groups by appointment. In as little as 3-4 hours you can learn the basics of felting or mosaics and make a small item. Our craft sessions are popular with locals and overseas visitors alike and can be arranged at short notice. Click here for more info Half day workshops
Mahoe Hills is a lifestyle farm located in a quiet valley between Brightwater and Wakefield, south of Nelson. Mahoe Hills is set within a backdrop of steep hills and native bush. Our native bush and wetlands are QEII protected. The hills are home to our friendly alpacas. We have 28 alpacas including white, fawn, brown, grey and black. The alpacas provide us with soft, luxurious fibre for spinning and felting.
We are keen gardeners and (try to) grow fruit, vegetables and nuts in our organic gardens.
There are extensive native and edible gardens surrounding the 100-year old restored cottage. The craft studio is a more recent addition and we welcome visitors by arrangement. We offer garden and studio tours in addtion to our craft workshops.
Marion is an experienced NZ Registered Dietitian and offers part-time nutrition consultancy services and nutrition workshops or education sessions on request. Nutrition Matters