New Zealands most scenic knitwear factory

Masters of Natural Fibres

Ahipao by Waiheke Cashmere


Ahipaos core value is sustainability; we manufacture ourselves locally using low impact machines and natural materials. Our modern manufacturing processes blend age-old traditional craftsmanship with cutting edge technology to create knitwear that is good to the planet and the community around us. 

Designed with intent


Ahipao creates quality knitwear designed for everyday use, easy wear and longevity. By designing our creations with intent and using high-quality materials, our garments last longer and get better with age. Our garments are useful but functional and will keep you warm, cosy and relaxed. Our environment means the stunning scenery of the island continually inspires us, and we hope to weave a little bit of island life into every design.

Functional and made to last


Our family-run factory is the heart and soul of Ahipao. From concept to creation, we do it all in our boutique factory on the shores of stunning Waiheke Island - we might be the most scenic knitwear factory in the world!

Each Ahipao piece is knitted using the very best Japanese knitting machines and then assembled by hand by us. Our combination of cutting edge technology and age-old traditional techniques give our knitwear a modern twist and means our quality is second to none.

Our knitting machines create fully fashioned seamless garments. Using these knitting techniques also reduces our waste by up to 30% compared to a factory using regular cut and sew methods.