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.

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. (Clue: 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 that 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 - and he’s got the balls to make it happen.