Our Story

Nev Wilson has been paddling rivers since he was 15 years old. In 2017 he teamed up with Matt Barnard a Rotorua local guide and expert surfer and musician to form Paddle Board Rotorua. Kayak Rotorua was a natural progression for the two business partner mates passionate about delivering amazing tour experiences for their customers. Nev has spent time kayaking all over New Zealand. In his younger days he kayaked some of the most challenging rivers on the West Coast of the south island. He also explored the unique and rare Kauri tree lined rivers of the Waipoua Forest in northern New Zealand near his home town of Whangarei. His findings were published in the guide book titled “New Zealand White Water 5 -180 Great Kayaking Runs” by Graham Charles.