Lake District Adventures is a family owned and operated business based at the southern end of the beautiful Lake Karapiro, operating all year round. We can help you make the most of your visit to this largely undiscovered region of NZ. 

Hire one of our quality mountain bikes and get out on the Waikato River Trail, winding through amazing native bush and open farmland. We provide transport shuttles to any point along the trail, or to any of the other cycle trails in the region. 

Hire a kayak or SUP from us and glide along the calm waters of the lake, or for something truly unique our guided kayak Glow Worm tour is not to be missed! Every evening we drift through the Pokaiwhenua canyon surrounded by thousands of tiny 'lights' - an adventure to be experienced for  yourself and you will remember forever.

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.

Mission Statement

Lake District Adventures is committed to delivering superior customer service in every instance. Our customers are our number one priority, and we aspire to pay meticulous attention to each customer’s needs and wants. We aim to offer the highest levels of professionalism and satisfaction.

We are passionate about and privileged to be able to share our spectacular local area. Our services are available for people of varying ages and fitness levels to try, and we pride ourselves on offering great value for money.

  • Steve Hastie - Operations Manager


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 like to be.

  • Sally Hastie  - Marketing/Sales 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 working in the ski industry, kayak store as head instructor and guided for an outdoor adventure company.

  • 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, 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 is an "Advisory Board" made up of successful business personnel and many others who have travelled 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.


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