a few words

about us


a few words about us

Kit and Sheryl have been farming alpacas full time for 17 years. Having come from a farming background, we have paid particular attention to alpaca genetics and have scoured Australia and New Zealand in search of top quality animals. We have focussed on quality not price in all our purchasing decisions and this has taken us to the top of the New Zealand alpaca industry.

Kit & Sheryl have been very supportive of the New Zealand alpaca industry over the years. Kit has been President, Vice President, Secretary & Southern Region representative on National Council, the governing body of the Alpaca Association NZ over a period of 14 years. In recognition of his services to the alpaca industry, he was awarded a life membership in 2016.

quality and experience

The Silverstream herd is built on years of selective breeding and show winning success. Established in the year 2000 by Sheryl and Kit Johnson, Silverstream invested heavily in the developing alpaca industry and were among the first New Zealand breeders to import alpacas from Australia. We purchased top quality bloodlines from EP Cambridge, Cedar house, Pucara, Benleigh, Blue Grass, Shanbrooke, Windsong Valley and Banksia Park. These genetics have formed the basis of the successful show winning Silverstream herd.

Our show record is impressive. We have won 305 age group championship, 237 reserve age group championships, 88 colour championships and best of all 66 supreme championships in New Zealand. Silverstream Czar was awarded Supreme Champion Animal of Show at the 2007 New Zealand Royal Show. This is the first and only time that an alpaca has won this most prestigious title.

Silverstream has also had multiple international show wins including supreme championships in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and France.

The average micron of our breeding herd is 20.1. This includes white and coloured animals, herd sires and some young males not yet working. The oldest animal in this group is 12 years old.

quarantine and export services for the
New Zealand Alpaca industry

Kit and Sheryl operate the South Island’s only publicly available quarantine for alpaca exports to Europe and Asia. There are three Ministry for Primary Industries approved quarantine facilities available. Silverstream Alpaca Stud are also a licensed alpaca exporter and can therefore provide a door to door service for our overseas customers.

our location

Silverstream is located near Kaiapoi, just 20 minutes north of Christchurch International Airport and just five minutes from the Northern Motorway through to Kaikoura and Picton.