We run a suri alpaca farm located at Tai Tapu, approximately 25 km from the centre of Christchurch city in Canterbury, New Zealand. The name of our farm, Sacred Coast, derives from an English translation of the Maori name Tai Tapu, and reflects the spiritual and revered place that alpacas have long held in South American culture.
We have been involved in the alpaca industry since 2004 and we specialise in breeding the beautiful and elegant coloured suri alpaca. Our aim is to breed animals in a range of colours with uniform, dense, lustrous fleece and we are committed to the long term goal of establishing a suri fibre industry in New Zealand, targeting the high end of the fashion market. We believe that there will be increasing international demand for naturally coloured fibre as the market looks for alternatives to artificially dyed products, and that New Zealand is well placed to be a leader in this field with its eco-friendly reputation.
As a smaller breeder, we are aware of the issues facing those who choose to farm alpacas as an addition to other interests and we are more than happy to share our experiences and acquired knowledge with those who may be contemplating becoming part of this fascinating and evolving industry.