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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 Jade. I am a free spirit originally from England, after years of traveling I am excited to call New Zealand home.

I am happiest spending time in nature, especially being around animals and wildlife.

As the newest member of the Shamarra farm I am loving getting to know the unique personalities of the Alpacas and learning from the team that care so much for them.

I will never forget my first visit to the farm as a backpacker and it’s a privilege to be sharing the joy these beautiful animals bring to visitors everyday.

Shamarra Alpacas view over Akaroa
  • “Kia ora :) It was a pleasure to visit this wonderful & peaceful place! For me it was my last day in Christchurch & I couldn't have imagined a better experience for the day. Everything was so lovely & kind. From our wonderful guide to all the sweet animals. I'm really grateful that I could have some time in this place. Thank you for the chance to have some time at your wonderful place with your wonderful animals! I can totally recommend this adventure! :)”

    Janine, Google Review – September 2023

  • “This was the best hour of my life! Super friendly hosts, and the cutest and very well behaved alpaca! You can see how well looked after and loved these alpaca are. Awesome experience being able to sit down and have alpaca cuddles in the paddock and even hand feed them!! 10/10 would reccomend to anyone 😁”

    Sarah, Google Review – October 2023

  • “Even though it’s only an hour, you get maximum quality time with the alpacas. The staff are friendly and can’t wait to share their knowledge with you. Cuddling takes timing and patience, but when you finally get to hug one of these fluffy guys, it’s the best feeling. Would go again.”

    G6988VYbrianf, Tripadvisor Review – September 2023

  • “This was a very memorable experience we had. The farm offers fun tours where you can get close-up with their friendly and fluffy alpacas, you can cuddle them, feed them and take beautiful photos and videos. Moreover one of the most unique places because of the amazing breathtaking views of Banks Peninsula, enjoying the beautiful scenery and fresh air, is a truly unique experience you won't forget.”

    Rovelyn, Google Review – August 2023

  • “Such a wonderful experience hanging with Alpacas for an hour. This tour is excellent and I would highly recommend it.”

    Robyn M, Google Review – August 2023