About Nautilus Braids

Environmental Statement

Nautilus only uses the best quality fibres. We highly respect our environment with great emphasis on our Oceans and recognise that protecting the environment today is essential to creating a sustainable business future. We actively seek to minimise the environmental impact of our activities and ask that used ropes are disposed of by recycling, rather than discarded, polluting our globe.

The Factory and Staff

Nautilus Braids is a 100% NEW ZEALAND owned and operated company, specialising in the design and manufacture of high performance ropes, using state-of-the-art machinery and sourcing the best quality imported fibres to produce customised ropes of varying sizes, construction and colour.

Nautilus Braids are a dynamic team of dedicated ropemakers with over 60 years of combined experience in research, rope and yarn making. Our mission is to make the highest quality ropes with state-of-the-art machinery whilst providing very cost competitive products that do not compromise performance.

Ian McFarlane set up the company in 1994, based on the philosophy of low cost and low overheads, using the most modern braiding equipment. Ian has designed and built our own twisters to incorporate flexibility and develop higher performance products. We use the best quality imported fibre to produce the highest quality braided ropes.

We specialise in manufacturing customised products for the discerning buyer. Products include marine rope, winch rope, stock rope (halter and leadrope), multiplait, fishing braid, mooring line, shockcord, drogues, warps and ropes for industrial applications.

No Job is TOO big or TOO small!

Our factory is located outside Christchurch in a rural environment allowing our overheads to be minimal whilst still using the most modern, state-of-the-art machinery.

Meet the Team

Nautilus Braids are a dynamic team of dedicated ropemakers with over 60 years combined experience in research, rope and yarn making. We pride ourselves on making high quality ropes, using the best quality imported fibre and most modern braiding equipment. We specialise in custom making ropes to your unique requirements. We make New Zealand ropes for New Zealanders!

Our ropemakers have a wealth of knowledge and are more than happy to offer advice if you are not sure what rope you need. Just give us a call and we can talk you through the options.

Ian McFarlane – Director/Owner

Worked for Wool Research Organisation for 30 years as a Senior Scientist Research Leader.
Extensive scientific background in textiles, product innovation and management. Keen sailor, fisher and diver.

Andrew McFarlaneGeneral Manager

Background as a Graduate Electrical Engineer with Marlborough Lines and more recently, Asset Engineer with Port Marlborough. Loves the outdoors including hunting, fishing and diving. Keen and competitive sailor.

Verna Black –
Accounts & Admin

Verna looks after accounts and administration, manages factory planning and keeps production on track. She also enjoys sailing!

Gary Harvey – Manufacturing Technician

Gary has an extensive background in textile processing and machine maintenance. He has developed a specific interest in producing fine high performance braids for specific applications.

Denis Maddever – Technical
Background as senior research scientist
in textiles. A keen sailor in classic yachts.

Richard Walls – Manufacturing Assistant  
Background in textile research and development. Co-ordinates production through the factory.