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Alpaca Farm Tour

Take a tour with a difference; get up close and personal at Shamarra Alpaca Farm overlooking Akaroa Harbour.

Farm Tours

Shamarra Alpaca farm, located on the western side of Akaroa Harbour, and only 20 minutes from Akaroa, is home to a herd of over 140 alpacas.  The farm offers breathtaking panoramic views from the Akaroa Heads to the south,  and all the way to Barry’s Bay at the north end of the harbour.

Frank and Anya have farmed alpacas since 2004, after moving to New Zealand from the Caribbean.  They are passionate about their alpacas and look forward to sharing their considerable knowledge with you.

Driving up to the big red barn you’ll enjoy stunning sights of the harbour.  Upon arrival, you’ll be treated to an informative and interactive introduction to alpacas.

Our friendly alpacas will be in pens for you to get up close to and appreciate their unique characteristics and their ultra fine fleece.  A few alpacas will be on halters and you will have an opportunity to lead an alpaca.  After a hands on fibre presentation, you can take a wander around the paddocks and get to enjoy these majestic creatures grazing contentedly  in their natural environment.  Each alpaca has a name, and Anya remembers them all!

Enjoy a beverage and home baked biscuits while browsing the Alpaca Shop.  A selection of luxurious alpaca garments and accessories made from fibre from our alpacas and exclusive to Shamarra are for sale.  Visa, Mastercard & UnionPay accepted.



Times:  10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Price: $50 adult / $30 child (5-15) - self drive to farm 

Duration of tour - 1 hour (approximately)

Pick up from Akaroa is available for Cruise Ship Passengers and Visitors travelling to Akaroa by Akaroa Shuttle or Akaroa French Connection.

Departure is from Akaroa Main Wharf at 11.30am and returns 1.30pm.

Price: $50 per person (minimum 2)



We recommend 12pm and 2pm as best times for farmtours in winter.

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Getting There

328 Wainui Main Rd, Akaroa

Coordinates - 43, 46' 19"S and 172, 54' 49" E

Directions to Shamarra Alpaca Farm

Turn onto Wainui Main Road and drive for 4km. Do not turn up French Farm Valley Road.

On your right, look for the Shamarra Farm Tours sign and drive up to the big red barn.

If you are in a camper van please phone 03 3045141 and we will pick you up at the entrance.