We came to New Zealand from the UK in 1997 and moved to Feilding in 2004.  The name Minffordd originally comes from Wales where we lived for 20 years and had a cottage of the same name when we first married.

The “dd” in Minffordd is pronounced “th” and the word means the beginning of the journey.

When we bought the property we inherited a flock of sheep, but they had not been well tended and needed dagging and their feet done, which we spent a whole weekend doing.  As we both worked full time this seemed very labour intensive and was the start of our change over to alpacas who are an easy care animal by comparison.

Bob is now “retired” and manages the 10 acres and the cottage, while Jenny is employed 3 days a week at Massey University as a Lecturer in nursing and manages the alpaca health and welfare, such as  when are injections due, who will we mate this year?

They fell in love with Alpacas in 2004 and have bred Hucuaya’s ever since. Minffordd can accommodate alpacas and horses so you don’t need to leave your animals at home!

Feilding is just two hours drive from most of the southern half of the North Island including Wellington..

The nearest city Palmerston North (only 19km from Feilding).
Feilding especially is well known for its beautiful well kept gardens,both private and public, giving the town very picturesque surroundings and has won ‘Keep New Zealand Beautiful Small Town Award’ on fourteen occasions..

  • Feilding has the largest livestock market in the Southern Hemisphere (tours available on Fridays)
  • The town holds a Farmers Market every Friday
  • Free parking within the town
  • Feilding has a variety of bars,cafes and restaurants to suit most tastes

Visit the Coach House Museum for a great experience of a past life.

Feilding golf course welcomes casual golfers and the Makino swimming pool is great entertainment for children as well as for adult swimmers and has aqua classes every day of the week.   There is a brochure in the cottage.  In Summer the 50-metre outdoor pool is open.