About Us, Our Team: Riverside Adventures

Meet our experienced team at Riverside Adventures. You are in safe hands with our passionate local guides who have undergone extensive safety training.

Our Team

Sally and Steve Hastie | Owners of Riverside Adventures Waikato

Steve Hastie - Operations Manager


Steve holds an Advanced Diploma in Travel and Tourism and has been very fortunate to have travelled extensively. He has held various roles in the Airline industry, but has also done everything from delivering ice sculptures in London to driving massive dumptrucks in a coal mine in Central Queensland! Steve had a stint as a tutor at the NZ School of Tourism, and is dedicated to ensuring all guests enjoy their experience with us. He is passionate about constantly improving our products.

Favourite place in the Waikato: the Karangahake Gorge.

Sally Hastie - Business Manager


Sally holds a Advanced Certificate in Business Management, and a Certificate in Emergency Care.

She has a passion for the outdoors, and being able to bike, kayak and visit the glowworms as part of her job is perfect. After spending many years in the Airline, Tourism and Customer Service industries her emphasis is on creating lasting memories for her customers. Sally brings a lot of value to the team with her vast experience and she is a Mum of 3 boys aged 5 and under... enough said!

Favourite place in the Waikato: Raglan Beach, or any bush adventures with the family.

Ann Paget - Garden & Grounds

Born & raised in the area, Ann is passionate about the walks & trails that are in her backyard. She has been an active outdoors person all her life, plus was with Air New Zealand International for over a decade. Ann does a fantastic job of maintaining our magnificent gardens and grounds, and her goal is to see guests go away with great memories.

Favourite place in the Waikato: Hamilton Gardens

Mike Paget - Operations & Guide

Over the last 20 years living on the edge of the lake, Mike has introduced many people to kayaking the waters of Lake Karapiro. Having owned & operated his own businesses for many years he brings those skills to Riverside Adventures. Mike is the master of terrible 'Dad' jokes and looks for any excuse to tell one. So watch out!

Favourite place in the Waikato: Pokaiwhenua Stream!!

Ann and Mike Paget | Our team at Riverside Adventures Waikato

Caleb - Lead Guide

Caleb has been guiding with Riverside Adventures since 2018, holding the lead guide position since 2020. He has an awesome personality and will have you all laughing before your adventure begins!

He is currently completing a NZ Certificate in Outdoor Leadership and has a Certificate in Emergency Care.

Favourite place in the Waikato: Wairere Falls for a good scramble!

Amy - Kayak Guide

Amy has only recently joined the Riverside Adventures team as a part-time kayak guide after completing her final year of school at Te Awamutu College. Amy also works part time as a swim instructor as well.

When Amy is not paddling guests down the Pokaiwhenua stream the outdoors is where you will find her! Amy loves exploring everything New Zealand has to offer and has already discovered many of our countries streams and rivers and is looking forward to ticking more off her list. 

Favourite place in the Waikato:  Te Awamutu Rose Gardens 

Memorie Brooky - Business Development

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Memorie has recently started with Riverside Adventures in 2021 and has a long history working in Customer Service and Tourism. Most recently as manager of the Matamata i-SITE, Public Relations Association and as a tutor at the NZ School of Tourism.

Memorie holds a Diploma in Music Production and Performance, and a Diploma in Tourism Operations and Visitor Information Endorsements.

Favourite place in the Waikato: The Hamilton Gardens.