Where is merino wool
Home of our Merino
Icebreaker’s wool for merino wool clothing is grown in the Southern Alps, a rugged mountain range that stretches like a spine down New Zealand’s South Island.
Temperatures soar to 35 °C (+95 °F) in summer and plummet to -20 °C (-4 °F) in winter, when much of the ranges are capped in ice and snow. It’s an extraordinary landscape containing dozens of mountains, thousands of glaciers, ice-carved fjords, forests, alpine lakes and vast snowfields.
Regular sheep can’t handle it up here. But merino have learned to hack the highlands by developing a high-tech coat of exceptionally fine wool. Our merino wool clothing is light and breathable in summer, and highly insulating in winter.
Also found in the Southern Alps
The weta, a giant insect known as “the god of ugly things” by Maori
A super-smart mountain parrot, the kea gets its thrills from tearing windscreen wipers off parked cars.
In 1997, Icebreaker pioneered the system of signing long-term contracts with growers. Long-term contracts give merino growers financial security, and enable us to set strict standards of environmental protection, animal welfare and wool quality.
BRANCH CREEK STATION
MT. NICHOLAS STATION