Lake District Adventures is a small family business created in mid 2013. It is all about utilising the natural attractions of the Central & South Waikato lakes and surrounding areas.

Our main motivation is: "How can we help more people enjoy this area which has so much to offer yet is quite often unknown".

Lake District Adventures lets you:

Walk, Ride or Paddle the Trail!

If you have a desire to have a relaxing or adventurous day, 2 days, or more, breathing clean air & leaving city stresses behind - let us introduce you to our backyard.

  • Steve Hastie
Steve has spent many years traveling & in the Airline and Tourism industry. He holds and Advanced Diploma in Travel and Tourism. His knowledge and stories on your tours are something to be remembered. He is dedicated to ensuring all guests are looked after as well as he would want to be. Guest satisfaction is his primary goal!

  • Sally Hastie - Operations Manager


Sally has a passion for the outdoors and all sports. After also spending many years in the Airline, Tourism and Customer Service Industry she really has an emphasis on creating lasting memories for our customers. Sally brings a lot of value to our team with her vast experience.
  • Christiaan (Lofty) Filius - Lead Guide
Ever since Lofty was little and well before he left school all he wanted to do is go outside and go "exploring". So naturally when he left school that's what he did.
With a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation in Rock / Kayak / High Ropes / Mountain bike / Hiking / Raft / Ski under his belt, he has for the last 15 years, been a Guide / Instructor throughout New Zealand. And has also competed in Freestyle kayaking, Rock Climbing and Downhill Mountain biking.
He has never had a "9-5" job but has worked in the Ski industry for the last 14 seasons and for a Kayak Store for 6 years as head instructor and retail. Plus guided for an outdoor adventure company for 9 years.

  • Amelia Filius
Amelia has been involved in sport from the time she could walk . Amongst them - skiing, biking and rowing (plus many team sports).She has a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and was a personal trainer and coach before discovering a job as an outdoors adventure guide in the South Island. She has a massive passion for anything and everything that involves the outdoors.
  • Ann Paget
Born & raised in the area (nee Rolph-Smith) she too is passionate about the walks & trails that are again her backyard. She has been an active outdoors person all her life, plus was with Air New Zealand International for over a decade. Her goal is to see guests go away with great memories.
  • Mike Paget - Managing Director

Over the last 15 years living on the edge of the lake, he 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 Lake District Adventures Ltd. He also is the master of terrible "Dad" jokes on your tours.


In the background ïs an "Advisory Board" made up of successful business personal and many others who have traveled extensively both in New Zealand & around the world.

These people have been unstinting in their help & advice, gleaned from their many and varied excursions from the Antarctic to The Himalayas to Europe to Asia.
All of our "Advisory Board" share Lake District Adventures Ltd vision of getting people out & enjoying our backyard.