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, Linda Sunderland.
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.

Linda Sunderland
Linda Sunderland descends from two of Akaroa’s first French settler families and a love for Akaroa run deep in her soul. After many years of living in Christchurch bringing up a family and working in the health industry as a nurse, Linda has recently retired and is now able to spend more time at her holiday home in Akaroa. A stalwart member of the Comte de Paris descendants association and involved with the bi-annual French Landing re-enactment, and Linda greatly enjoys sharing her passion for Akaroa with visitors to the town, and will entertain you you with tales of her ancestors epic journey to colonise remote New Zealand and the trials, tribulations and successes of their ensuing life here.