Our story....


In July 2017 a hand shake between two mates, Matt Barnard and Nev Wilson marked the start of Paddle board Rotorua. Last summer they proudly announced that they were open for business.

You can journey your way across the picturesque lakes and learn about local wildlife from the friendly guides. The stand up paddle boards are fun for all abilities and suitable for anyone from 6 years and over.

Experienced outdoorsmen, Nev and Matt, have a respect for their local lakes. Their goal for the future of their business is to give back to the lakes. Matt explains:

“We have the goal to support conservation work because there is a lot of algae bloom and also catfish which have unfortunately made their way in to our beautiful lakes, there are heaps of invasive species so we want to help to get rid of them.”


Matt has always had a keen interest in conservation and has experience teaching others about our native landscape during his previous 2 years as a tour guide at Canopy Tours. Matt is a surfer, national white water rafter and works for himself as a musician performing gigs around Rotorua. Nev Wilson is an avid surfer too and white water kayaker, full time time dad to 3 and  he also works as an engineer and always dreamed of setting up his own business in the outdoors!

This Summer (2019) Nev and Matt hope to release their new product "jetboarding". 

For both Nev and Matt starting Paddle Board Rotorua is a paddle in the right direction and they both hope that it will get more people out in nature and enjoying the lakes in a new way.