All our guides live locally and enjoy sharing their passion and knowledge about beautiful historic Akaroa with visitors. Scroll down to read more about Suky Thompson, Annette LeLievre, Chris Muirhead, Steve Lowndes and Beverley Basset Broad.
Suky Thompson

Suky Thompson is the owner and founder of Akaroa Guided Walks. Suky lives locally on a small farm and has an in depth knowledge of the area, having studied its history, served on its local Community Board and acted as a heritage and walking advocate for many years. Suky has developed our range of tours and guided visitors as diverse as former Prime Minister Helen Clark, cruise ship passengers, descendants, and schools groups from all over the country. She enjoys every guided walk and answering the many and varied questions that arise. When not out walking, Suky also runs a project management and research business specialising in heritage and sustainable management on Banks Peninsula.

Chris Muirhead

Chris Muirhead has had a home on the Peninsula since 1995. After a 42 year career in NZ Radio and Television, Chris has retired to Duvauchelle, at the head of the harbour, where he enjoys kayaking and fishing both here and in other parts of the beautiful South Island. An accomplished musician and performer, Chris keeps busy in between fishing and guiding, by playing guitar, mandolin and mouth harp in a local rock band "Valda and the Peacocks" and country blues band The Great Depression.

Annette LeLievre
The LeLievre family arrived in Akaroa in 1840 as part of a French plan to create the first colonial town in the South Island of New Zealand, and their story features in most of our tours. Annette first became interested in the family history when her own children set to researching their genealogy and since then has taken a passionate interest, which she enjoys sharing with visitors to the town. Annette also teaches at Akaroa Area school and is another very active member of the local community involved with youth and the arts.

Steve Lowndes
Steve Lowndes was the director of the Akaroa Museum for many years and has served the community as a councillor on both the Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Councils. Steve is an expert on the history of the area and author of "Akaroa a Short History" and "Horomaka, Banks Peninsula". These days he works from his beautiful home in Poranui as an artist and intersperses time in the studio with public service work as a Board member on a number of government and community organisations concerned with the health and environmental management of the area. Steve is a sought-after public speaker at many community events.
Beverley Basset Broad

Beverley Bassett Broad has been spending time in the Akaroa area since her childhood and after many years working alongside her veterinarian husband in Christchurch, had the pleasure of returning to the area to raise ostriches and later run a holiday accommodation business. Beverley's passion for heritage has inspired her to author several books, including "Walk with me to Onawe", a detailed account of the archeological remains on the distinctive peninsula which bisects Akaroa harbour - the site of a terrible massacre in the 1830s. She has also written several historical novels, "West Coast Reins", "Fools' Gold" and "Erupting lies". Beverley has also worked as a travelling port lecturer on board cruise ships visiting New Zealand.