Sarah – your host

Sarah manages Banks House and joined us in 2019. Sarah loved Akaroa and wanted to stay, we are very impressed with her attention to detail and the way that she looks after our guests.

Sarah came to us from Germany where she graduated with a degree in Journalism. Sarah has a very mature outlook having travelled to Namibia, Canada and having completed her Journalism internship in Bali, Indonesia.

Sarah recently sailed as crew aboard Noel’s yacht ‘Roaring Meg’ on the return voyage from the America’s Cup in Auckland, back home to Akaroa. This was Sarah’s first sailing experience at sea for 6 days and she loved it!



Owners Sharon and Noel


Banks House Akaroa is owned and operated by Noel McGuigan and Sharon Rees-Thomas and is the ‘sister’ property of Beaufort House Akaroa

Sharon and Noel owned and operated a luxury Bed & Breakfast in the central city of Christchurch until the earthquake of 22 February 2011. They were also owner/operators of Tiffany’s fine dining Restaurant for 9 years in the city.

As Restauranteurs they often hosted special events such as weddings, cocktail functions, private dinners, corporate launches and high teas.
Sharon has a background in sales having worked for a prominent telecommunications company for many years. During her time in hospitality, Sharon managed the Restaurant, was the in-house wedding planner and co-ordinated all special events. Sharon is a keen collector of antiques and period furniture which is reflected in the photo gallery, her other interests include gardening, cooking, travel and sailing.

Noel spent 15 years in the offshore oil industry, travelling to many exotic destinations as a senior driller. He also lectured in blow out prevention and well control in Singapore and London.

Past businesses include a fully irrigated 500 acre farm and a ski and snowboard rental shop. Noel is fluent in German having lived and worked in Germany. His passion is sailing, having completed several ocean voyages and is the proud owner of a 40’ Beneteau yacht named ‘Roaring Meg’. He has sailed more than 40,000 nautical miles on his yacht ‘Roaring Meg’ which he purchased in Annapolis, Maryland USA in 2006. With Sharon plus friends and family there have been many adventures to places as far North as St Petersburg, Russia at latitude 60 degrees North.

‘Roaring Meg’ which has sailed as far north as Saint Petersburg in Russia.

In Europe we sailed the Mediterranean, the Agean, the Black Sea, the Adriatic, the Irish and Celtic seas, the North Sea and the Baltic.
In 2017 we began the long voyage home to New Zealand, via Bermuda and the America’s Cup where Team Emirates were victorious. The next year we sailed to the Caribbean and island hopped through the windward chain of islands all the way to Grenada. After a crew change the next ports of call were Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba, then onto the city of Cartegena in Colombia. Eventually ‘Meg’ found Shelter Bay Marina in Panama where she ‘wintered over’ on the hard in a secure boat yard.

Fortunately in 2019 we made the voyage from Panama to Akaroa some 8,500 nautical miles entering the heads at Akaroa on the 20th September 2019. Mission complete!

Now ‘Roaring Meg’ rocks on a swing mooring just 200 metres off Daly’s Wharf. Her new Perkins engine was installed – she has just returned from a voyage sailing from Akaroa to Auckland for the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland, March 2021.

Banks House Akaroa, is a historic 144 year old property, completely refurbished in 2013 as Boutique Accommodation.

We look forward to hosting you in this wonderful historic property with the charm, peace and serenity of yesteryear.


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