Guide Profiles


Judy McKenzie - 


An active person Judy loves the outdoors with a special focus on mountain biking and road cycling, hiking,skiing, sailing, horse riding and gardening. Due to Judy’s passion for hiking she has now obtained a concession enabling her to offer uniquely personal day hiking trips to some of the Southern Lakes most scenic wilderness areas.
Her in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for the areas she is fortunate enough to work in ensures her clients enjoy not only an enjoyable but also an informative experience. Read More>


Philip Smyth


Philip grew up in the Central Otago region, in the lakeside resort town of Queenstown.   With the quaint settlement of Arrowtown as his backyard, as well as the wider surrounding areas, Philip was exposed to the vast and unique environmental and geographical treasures it provides.  With an intimate knowledge of the area, and an adventure sporting background, Philip has experienced first-hand what this beautiful part of New Zealand has to offer.

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Paula Smyth


Born in the beautiful wine country of the Hawke’s Bay, Paula grew up exploring the rugged coastline, the Art Deco city of Napier, and many of the unique and scenic highlights this region has to offer.


Her ancestors migrated to Te Ika-a-Maui, New Zealand's North Island, on the Te Arawa waka (canoe), settling in the surrounds of the Rotorua region in the Bay Of Plenty.  Mokoia Island of Lake Rotorua would be the final settlement place of the Ngati Whakaue people, her direct ancestors.  It is famously known for the union of Tutanekai (of the Ngati Whakaue people) and Hinemoa (of the Tuhourangi people), a forbidden love that brought about peace in the region.  The story recounts of the heroic night swim of Hinemoa to her lover on Mokoia Island, guided by the sound of his flute.  Mokoia Island was also the birthplace of Paula’s own grandmother, and the island holds special significance in her family’s extended heritage (whakapapa).  Many of her family still live in Rotorua today, and she has visited the area frequently over the years. Read More>





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