Silverstream Alpaca Stud - 68 Moodys Road, RD 2, Kaiapoi 7692, North Canterbury, New Zealand.

Alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicunas are part of the camel (camelid) family and originate from South America. There are about five million alpacas worldwide and about 40,000 in New Zealand.

Alpaca fibre is referred to as the ‘Fibre of the Gods’ due to the fact that it produces one of the most luxurious and valuable fibres in the world. The unique combination of softness, strength, thermal qualities and colour have created a worldwide interest from both the manufacturer through to the spinner and weaver.

The adorable and intelligent alpaca is revered by everyone with a love of animals and lifestyle farmers have sent prices to new heights. See for yourself when staying at our farmstay. A free farm tour is included.

Silverstream is a member of the Alpaca Association New Zealand.


  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
  • Breeding life: 10 to 12 cria (babies) per female
  • Average height: 1 metre at the shoulder
  • Average weight: 60 to 80 kgs
  • Gestation: 11.5 months
  • Communication: a soft humm
  • Diet: grass, hay and occasional feed supplements
  • Stock rate: 5 to 6 alpacas per acre
  • Colour: 22 basic colours