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.



Rising Sun has proven himself as a super stud and his genetics are highly sought after both nationally and internationally.  Many of his high quality and champion progeny have been exported to Germany, Holland, Sweden, UK, Poland and Australia.

As a mature working male at over 13 years old, he’s carrying a fleece of under 22 micron and is a genetically fine male, with minimal variation in his micron over the past 5 years.

His soft handle, extreme density, brightness and well defined, high frequency crimp are traits that he is consistently passing onto his progeny.  Rising Sun’s gentle and laid back disposition is another desirable trait passed onto his progeny.

Rising Sun’s cria range in colour from white to fawns, browns, grey and black.  Standout traits passed on are – fineness, fleece length, density and extreme lustre.

Progeny show highlights:

  • Shamarra Roaring Meg ET – Supreme Champion Brown at Victoria Colourbration 2012, multiple broad ribbons won in New Zealand
  • Shamarra Lone Star – Supreme Fawn at S.I. Colourbration 2013 Supreme Champion at Ashburton 2013
  • Shamarra Venus – National Intermediate Female Champion and National Mid/Dark Fawn Champion 2014
  • Shamarra Xian – National Mid/Dark Fawn Champion 2015
  • Shamarra Mossimo – National Adult Male Champion 2016
  • Shamarra Olympia – Finest Fleece (14.4u) National Show 2017
  • Shamarra Diesel – National Supreme Champion 2018 – judged by Amanda Vandenbosch
  • Stoneleigh Celtic Explorer – National Champion Intermediate Male 2018
  • Stoneleigh Celtic Explorer – Supreme Champion Mid/Dark Fawn Fleece – SI Colourbration 2020
Dark Fawn
Patagonia Celtic Triumph
Patagonia Sunline
1st fleece 15.5µ, 3.8sd, 24.9%cv
2nd fleece 17.4µ, 3.2sd, 18.5%cv
4th fleece 17.2µ, 3.3sd, 19.4%cv
6th fleece 19.9µ, 4.1sd, 98.3%cf
10th fleece 21.7µ, 4.3sd, 20%cv, 95%cf
12th fleece 22.5µ, 4.3sd, 19.2%cv, 94.7%cf
13th fleece 21.4µ, 4.1sd, 19.4%cv, 97.1%cf
Show Highlights
Adult Champion Male - Melbourne Royal 2008 -
Senior Champion Male - Sydney Royal 2009
Supreme Mid/Dark Fawn - Victoria Colourbration Show 2009
Mid/Dark Fawn Champion - AlpacaFest 2010
Supreme Mid/Dark Fawn Fleece - Victoria Colourbration Show 2010
Stud Fee
$1800 (+GST)


Other Stud Males

Shamarra Alpacas view over Akaroa
  • “Beautiful location with lovely animals. The staff was very friendly. We had some interactions with Alpacas, it was amazing.”

    Yumoki, Tripadvisor – June 2024

  • “This is something nice to do for all ages especially those who have never seen an alpaca they are very sweet and interesting animals. This farm was Extraordinary and the people who run it are absolutely fantastic!!”

    Lynn M, Tripadvisor – May 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 these 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!

    Quest3, Tripadvisor – April 2024

  • “Very well organised, informative and interactive tour! There's a lot to learn about how to interact respectfully with the alpacas and Rising Sun, the king of the alpacas here, is such a star. The guides were also very helpful and egged us to interact with the alpacas, showing us individual sweet spots of each individual alpaca. The scenery was beautiful as well! At the end of the tour, they even provided light refreshments and the toilets were very clean.”

    Denise T, Google Review – April 2024

  • “That was the coolest experience! We had the best time! I would definitely suggest this activity to anyone who has kids, but to be honest, I liked it just as much :)”

    Emily B, Google Review – May 2024