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.

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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.

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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)


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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