Alpaca Farm Tours

Welcome to Shamarra Alpaca Farm Tours

Come and meet our friendly, award-winning alpacas in Akaroa, New Zealand. Our Alpacas are very cute, photogenic, and are comfortable with interacting with people. 

Located atop beautiful Banks Peninsula, Shamarra Alpaca Farm is probably one of the happiest places on earth.

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“The alpacas were adorable” Sarah S (Australia) - TripAdvisor

 

Set in a beautiful harbour on the slopes of an extinct volcano and overlooked by craggy volcanic hills, the farm is only a 20-minute drive from the historic seaside village of Akaroa. The panoramic views of Akaroa harbour and the rolling hills and peaks of the surrounding valleys are breath-taking. We are approximately 1.15hours (73km) by car from Christchurch Central.

We are open all year round, and offer some beautiful landscapes through all seasons, including winter. 

Snowy harbour view 

Winter is a fantastic time to visit our Alpaca farm - the crisp blue skies make for stunning photos. 

 

Your Alpaca Farm Tour

  • Your tour starts with a brief introduction to alpacas and their unique and quirky habits. You will be coming into close contact with your new found friends so we will also give a quick safety briefing with an alpaca in the barn.
  • An award winning alpaca fleece is on display and you get to feel the incredible cashmere like softness of superfine alpaca whilst learning about their amazing qualities.
  • We will then walk you through our alpaca herd where you can enjoy interacting with these gentle animals while they graze contentedly in their natural habitat.
  • Feed the mothers with their their young by their side. This provides some amazing close up alpaca contact and great photos.
  • Take advantage of the views across Akaroa harbour which are absolutely stunning and provide endless photo opportunities for lasting memories of your visit to our farm.
Tour duration: 1 hour
Tour times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm
Tour prices: $50 per adult / $30 per child (aged 4-15) 

 

Bookings essential

 

A visit to Shamarra Alpacas gives you exclusive access to a private farm not available to the general public and brings you a once in a lifetime experience in an alpaca wonderland!

Meet our super stars - Rising Sun, Austin, Mikado, Dominator, Equador and their mates.

Alpaca tour guests 

“Excellent… we loved the tour! The location, the beautiful views, the stunning and cute alpacas…..” (Singapore) TripAdvisor 

People from all over the world travel to our piece of paradise to get up and close personal with our alpacas – in particular our absolute favourites who have their own cult following on Instagram!

The tour will end back in reception for beverages and Shamarra’s famous home baked cookies .

Browse the Alpaca Shop where a stunning range of luxurious, natural and 100% dye-free alpaca knitwear exclusive to Shamarra is for sale.

Blankets, ponchos, beanies, scarves and sweaters are on display and are only available here at Shamarra – nowhere else in the world! 

 

Shamarra shop

International guides

 

Language is not a barrier with this lovable bunch, but we also offer tours in either English or Mandarin to make your experience even more enjoyable. You’ll have plenty of time to ask our knowledgable tour guide everything you’ve always wanted to know about alpacas during your visit with us.

 

Your hosts

 

Your hosts, Anya and Frank founded Shamarra Alpacas in 2004 with just a small herd of 5 alpacas. Today, their alpacas number over 160 are exported worldwide and provide some of the four tonnes of alpaca fibre that is collected each a year for their exclusive line of alpaca knitwear– that’s a lot beautiful New Zealand made knitwear!

Harnessing their love for alpacas and their fibre and their knowledge of genetics, Anya and Frank have years of dedicated breeding experience and produce award winning alpacas with fleece of the highest quality. The results are proven by the many supreme championships awarded to their alpacas.

 Frank Anya 2018 v2

Origins

 

Alpacas originate in the high alpine deserts amongst the snow-capped mountains of Peru. It is here, thousands of years ago that Peru’s ancient ancestors domesticated one of the most beautiful animals mother earth had created.

A visit to Shamarra Alpacas gives you exclusive access to a private farm not available to the general public and brings you a once in a lifetime experience in an alpaca wonderland!

 

Book Your Alpaca Farm Tour Now

 guests with Siesta Picasso Karisma Nov 2018

 Harbour view Jul18