Opossum World has now moved to 159 Guppy Road, Taradale, Napier, New Zealand. We continue to ship world wide and locally from our new base.


Lynette and Ian Jarvis, of Opossum World

Opossum World is located on Hastings Street in Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand and is open to the public. Opossum World is run by Lynette and Ian Jarvis.

Summer is here, and like most of Aotearoa New Zealand we are now at ORANGE in the traffic light system (Covid-19 Protection Framework).  This simply means:

  • Mask wearing is mandatory
  • Social distancing of 1 metre away from others in store
  • QR code scanning (or sign in) is encouraged.


We are a unique attraction that will educate you all about the Opossum (Possum) as well as provide you with high quality fashionwear manufactured right here in New Zealand.

Our purely New Zealand Possum fur and fine Merino wool blend, combines lightness and warmth, with softness and luxuriousness. It is the ultimate in luxury when woven into contemporary and classic clothing, ideal for all occasions!


Possum fur is beautiful and soft to the touch. It is the ultimate in luxury when used to create fashion wear garments.

Possum and Merino is a luxurious and unique New Zealand yarn made from the blending of two of our natural finest fibres – Possum fur and superfine Merino wool. Each Possum fibre is hollow and thus gives excellent insulation whilst ensuring that the garments are light and very soft. Possum fur has many health attributes also – holding its warmth and therefore assisting in blood flow. It has even assisted many diabetics with keeping the warmth in to aid blood flow. As well as being incredibly soft and warm the yarn is strong and durable. With its superior anti-piling qualities, it wears better than cashmere or mohair.

Originally introduced from Australia in the mid 1800s, the Possums in New Zealand eat many tonnes of our forests and natural habitation each night. Therefore, our conservation groups encourage the commercial use of Possum fur fibre to help eradicate this pest and as such play an important role in the protection of New Zealand’s native fauna and flora. By buying our products you too are helping save New Zealand’s natural habitat.

All garments are made and manufactured right here in New Zealand and sent worldwide directly from our store in lovely, Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. (Prices are in NZ Dollars.)

You can buy directly from us online. We recommend for purchases over NZD$250 you select the optional insurance fee to ensure your goods are insured while in transit to you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  You can email us at opossumworld@outlook.com or phone us on +64 6 835 7697

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