Meet our Guides


Our Guides live on Waiheke Island and Rotorua. They are comfortable in both the Maori and English worlds and are passionate about outdoor activities, teaching, learning and sharing Waiheke Island and Lake Rotorua's Maori history.


Dr Robyn Manuel is from the northern tribes of Te Rarawa, Ngati Kahu, Nga Puhi, Ngati Kuri and Te Aupouri. She has a PhD and Masters (1st Class) in Chemistry and taught at the University of Auckland for 20+ years. Ako means to both teach and learn. Touring with us is a form of activity based learning using the environment as the classroom. Robyn has created the tours ensuring that the physicality of the Tours are achievable by anyone of average fitness. Nau mai, haere mai / Welcome.


Robyn started teaching at the University of Auckland in 1991.


Dr Kepa Morgan is Ngati Pikiao (Te Arawa), Ngati Kahungunu and Kai Tahu tribes. His Te Arawa ancestors lived on Waiheke and the surrounding islands for up to 700 years. Many of the island's names come from his ancestors' adventures and exploits. He has a PhD in Engineering and is an Environmental Engineering expert. He is the creator of the Mauri Model - a decision making framework that combines different stakeholder worldviews with an assessment of indicators to determine the impact of 'actions' over a period of time.


Kepa has been an educator and researcher at The University of Auckland since 1998.

Te Ahu

Te Ahu Manuel-Larkins is lead Guide on our Rotorua tours. His tribal affiliations are in Northland (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Kurī) and towards the middle of the North Island (Tuhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu). He is a former trainee teacher in immersion Māori language schools and is currently in training for the NZ Police force.


We also have a special Guide Dog in-training for our Waiheke Island walking tours. He is a Labrador Retriever called Kohure (Core-Who-Rare) which loosely means, 'to be outstanding'. Of course. One day he will join special 'owner and dog' tours that we will create just so that he can come along.

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