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 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@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

Memorie Brooky - Business Development

memorie@riversideadventures.co.nz
027 245 1354

Memorie has been with Riverside Adventures since October 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 has played in Brass Bands most of her life and  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.

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!

Lofty - Lead Guide/Shuttle/Maintenance

Lofty is our resident adrenaline junky! 

He has a certificate in adventure tourism and started work life as a rock instructor but quickly found other things he liked so started doing them for work too including, ski patrol, kayaking, rafting, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking to name a few. Following these areas in sport and work have taken him to some cool places around the world! 

Lofty is one of our Lead Guides, Shuttle drivers and looks after our bike fleet. 

Favourite place in the Waikato: Te Miro MTB Park, but love showing people all over our amazing region.

Kaperiera - Kayak Guide

Kaperiera has only recently joined the Riverside Adventures team as kayak guide and shuttle driver and comes to the team after enjoying an enjoyable career in the hospitality industry. 

Being an accomplished musician, Kaperiera has had the privilege of travelling around to many beautiful places in NewZealand. Kaperiera has also spent the last 8 years teaching music to people of all ages in both the Waikato and Bay of Plenty and is loving being able to enjoy more the outdoors that working at Riverside Adventures provides. 

Favourite place in the Waikato:  Planting her feet on top of her ancestral mountain, Kakepuku