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@riversideadventures.co.nz

Steve holds an Advanced Diploma in Travel and Tourism. 

He 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 is dedicated to ensuring all guests enjoy their experience with us, and is passionate about constantly improving our products.

Favourite place in the Waikato: Other than the places we go to everyday eg. the Pokaiwhenua, he loves to adventure around the Karangahake Gorge.

Sally Hastie - Business Manager

sally@riversideadventures.co.nz

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. And has been lead guide since 2020. He has an awesome personality and will have you all laughing before you even leave.

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!

Jen - Kayak Guide

Jen has been guiding part-time with Riverside adventures since 2019.

As a multi talented lady she holds a BSc in statistics and mathematics, and a DipAv in Air Traffic Control. :P Which is exactly what you need to be an amazing a kayak guide!

Favourite place in the Waikato: 

Memorie Brooky - Business Development

Memorie has recently started with Riverside Adventures in 2021 and has long history working in Customer Service and Tourism. Most recently Managing the Matamata i-SIte 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!