Meet the Original Guides

On a trip to Rotorua, chances are you’ll get to meet some of our OGs. They’re a bunch of one-of-a-kind characters sure to add some flavour to your holiday. They’re all true to the way things were done way back when – yet fresh, creative and a whole lot of fun to be around.

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Redwoods Treewalk

Secret Spot Hot Tubs

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Volcanic Air Scenic Flight & Hot Pool


Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel 

Polynesian Spa Family Splash & Gelato

ZORB Three Ride Super Deal

Velocity Valley Mud & Mayhem 

Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Rotorua Canopy Tours

Rotorua Rafting Ōkere Zip & Raft

Rotorua Ziplines

Kaitiaki Adventures

Skyline Rotorua

Te Pā Tū (Tamaki Māori Village)

Off Road NZ 4WD Bush Safari 

Paradise Valley Springs

Off Road NZ Raceline Karting

Volcanic Hills Experience

Waimangu Volcanic Valley 

Te Rā and Te Rā + Haka

Meet Kahu at Te Puia

Kahu’s got jokes, songs and yarns for days. He’s bubblier than the mud pools and the best guy in town to show you round the geysers. Hang out with him on a guided tour of Te Puia and try to guess how old he is (HINT: he’s a lot older than you think).

Meet the OGs Te Puia

Meet Lela at Velocity Valley

When taking on the adventure park of Velocity Valley, it’s safe to say you’ll need a steady pair of hands to guide you. Enter Lela. She’s used to smashing out 140kg deadlifts, so 100kph jet boat rides are all in a day’s work. She’s the perfect guide to take you for a white-knuckle spin round the valley and doesn’t even laugh – much – when you squeal.

Meet Owen at ZORB Rotorua

At ZORB Rotorua there’s a Tiger. Well, not really. But there is a very good golfer and excellent ZORB instructor called Owen. If you’re up for a ‘loser does the dishes’ or ‘loser pays for dinner’ race down the hill, then he’s your man.