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Whats up with Rising Sun

Rising Sun

I’m a bit of celebrity around the farm and on social media. My fleece is super soft and luxurious, but even more than that, I’m apparently a one-of-a-kind, perfect specimen of an alpaca! I’m also as lovable as I am handsome, so pop into Shamarra Alpacas for a tour and a pat.

Whats up with Harlequin


A glamorous damsel through and through, I’m a big fan of being groomed well ahead of a photo op (your next selfie on a farm tour). My big eyes look even better when my fleece is on fleek. And I’ve been known to wear the odd denim jacket or hat, depending on the season.

But don’t be intimidated by my flair for fashion; I’m always up for a solid cuddle like my other friends.

Whats up with Tornado


I absolutely adore wee human kiddos and alpaca babies alike! Arguably the friendliest of all the furry faces here at Shamarra, I like to get visits and snuggles year-round.

Two decades on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, couldn’t quell Frank and Anya Walkington’s thirst for adventure. New Zealand beckoned after a brief holiday, and 24 acres near Auckland became their canvas.

Instead of cows, they bet on alpacas – charismatic creatures known for their gentle nature and those enchanting eyes. This leap into alpaca territory led to an intriguing journey into genetics and fleece, firmly tying them to the NZ Alpaca Association.

Then came 2011, and the couple relocated to French Farm, Banks Peninsula, just an hour from Christchurch. With a background in the cruise ship industry, they spotted an opening to introduce their majestic alpacas to global tourists. Leveraging the alpacas’ fleece, Anya collaborated with local knitters, birthing Shamarra Alpaca Farm Tours & Shop – a venture offering exclusive alpaca knitwear and farm tours, complete with up-close encounters with these lovable creatures.

As tourist numbers surged, the shop evolved to meet commercial demands. Today, they process a staggering three tonnes of alpaca fleece biennially, sourced exclusively from New Zealand and Australia. Their obsession with genetics and breeding ensures premium, low-micron alpaca fleece, resulting in irresistibly soft, luxurious products.

Their passion for genetics doesn’t end there; it’s the lifeblood of their operation. With over 160 alpacas, Shamarra exports progeny across Europe, the UK, and Australia, earning them accolades at A&P Shows throughout New Zealand. Their story is a testament to an unwavering love for alpacas and an unyielding commitment to excellence.

I Chen – farm manager

Hi my name is I Chen, originally from Taiwan and now living my best Akaroa life!

I have been working with different animals for few years, but my love for alpacas started around 5 years ago when I first came to New Zealand. These adorable fuzzy guys have quickly become my favorite animal to work with.

I know each of the Shamarra Alpaca residents inside and out, and am always ecstatic to help you see their varying personalities and tell you myriad stories about these fun creatures on the farm. Soon enough you’ll be just as much in love with alpacas as I am!


Hi, I’m Ching-Ni but you can call me Jenny. I’m head over heels for alpacas, the proud mum to Kai, and happily married to I Chen.

Not only do I get to enjoy the company of these gentle creatures every day, but I also have the privilege of being an alpaca farm tour guide. It’s not just a job, it’s my passion. Come experience the magic with me!


Hello I’m Charmaine.

The breathtaking scenery and the gentle nature of the alpacas fill my heart with passion and joy every day I come to work. From leading the tours and interacting with tourists from all around the world, to feeding and witnessing the birth of baby alpacas, every moment spent here is a reminder of the beauty and simplicity of nature, and I am truly grateful to be a part of it. It’s not just a job; it’s a passion that I cherish every single day.

Shamarra Alpacas view over Akaroa
  • “Brilliant experience. Great to know about alpacas. The farm and the views are stunning!”

    Ashesh, Google Review – March 2024

  • “A magical experience amongst amazing creatures and a once in a lifetime chance. Exploring the nature of the alpacas was just incredible, I am speechless. Something you have to experience for yourself as visual does not even come close to the reality of the encounter.”

    Kiawine, Viator Review – February 2024

  • After discovering this place before COVID and postponing a 2020 trip, I can genuinely say it was worth the wait! Turning the curves of the mountains and seeing the Akaroa peninsula, it's like heaven on earth. We had gorgeous weather, and coupled with the views, it made for a perfect visit to see the alpacas. On the tour, you travel to different pens, seeing the different animals. They each have their own personality and their fur is unbelievably soft. I highly recommend making a stop at Shamarra, and don't think a New Zealand vacation will be complete without it!

    Rebekah, Google Review – January 2024

  • “The staff were absolutely amazing. They took such good care of us and made the experience very enjoyable. Worth every penny. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Akaroa!”

    Julia, Google Review – March 2024

  • “If you are an animal lover, a visit to Shamarra Alpacas is one of the very best ways you can spend an hour!!! The staff are incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable, sharing so much interesting information about their beautiful alpacas. The alpacas are simply amazing - from cuddles with the boys to feeding the girls and babies, being surrounded by the amazing animals brings so much joy!!!! Akaroa is a beautiful little part of New Zealand, and Shamarra Alpacas are just the icing in the cake!”

    Cassie V, Google Review – April 2024