Davey Family

Akaroa residents since 1982, we own and operate Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises and the Akaroa Coastal Retreat on our rural seaside property.

Ollie - Skipper



Ollie was born in Akaroa. He has over 20 years experience on a wide range of boats around New Zealand and overseas, including several winters working with whale-watching, sailing and snorkelling operations in North Queensland.

He also teaches windsurfing and Learn-2-sail on his 10-metre yacht. He holds his SRL 24-metre, MEC6 (Maritime NZ).

John - Crew & Guide


Crew & Guide

John has been coming to Banks Peninsula for holidays since he was a young boy and has called Akaroa home for the past 38 years.

He is a keen Instagrammer @akaroacoastalretreat highlighting the scenery and attractions of Banks Peninsula and now @southernwanderer_nz sharing our adventures on the water and the wildlife we meet.

Jenny - Skipper & Crew



Jenny holds her SRL (Maritime NZ) skippers ticket and has been boating on Akaroa Harbour since moving here to live, on our coastal property, in 1982.

When not on the water, she is a professional musician, performing and teaching adults to play the cello, and enjoys gardening and making jewellery. 

Our boat - 25-foot Stabicraft 759

Southern Wanderer


Our boat is a 25-foot Stabicraft 759 powered by a Yamaha 300hp 4-stroke outboard.

Designed in NZ to excel in our coastal sea conditions and built in Southland, she is fast, comfortable and safe. Southern Wanderer is in survey for all of the South Island's enclosed (including lakes) and inshore waters.

Passengers can be accommodated inside the cabin and out of the weather if they wish. The cabin is heated and there is a marine toilet onboard.