Where is Icebreaker
Home of our Merino
Icebreaker merino wool 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 that 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
Our Baacode traceability programme lets you trace the premium merino wool in your Icebreaker right back to the sheep station where it was grown. Meet the sheep on this video.