Our Guides

Each season brings new guides from New Zealand and around the world. All are river professionals and great cooks as well!

We are very fortunate this season to be able to employ some of the best river guides you will find anywhere in the world. Canoe Safaris is the only company to employ "full time" guides - they are trained professionals and their experience and knowledge can make a huge difference to your enjoyment and safety on a trip. All guides are trained in First Aid/CPR, and most also have qualifications in Swiftwater Rescue, Risk Management, Weather reading, and many are qualified Raft guides.

They are also great cooks and entertainers.

Canoe Safaris has over 25 years experience on our rivers - we are passionate river paddlers and we enjoy sharing this passion, along with the best river and camping equipment with our customers.

Peter Woodhead.

Peter has come to to work with us on a full time basis after settling in Ohakune.  He has worked on Mt Ruapehu for 9 seasons and is now one of their valued Ski Patrollers.  He started Canoe guiding when he was living in Bannf Alberta Canada and brings these great skills to Canoe Safaris.  Pete is a true Kiwi with a great personality and customer care focus, teamed with technical skills and a Biology background, he is a great addition to the team.  

Sarah Cate

Sarah now runs her own inflatable kayak adventure company (www.adventureoutdoors.co.nz), but has been one of our main guides for the past 6 seasons. Her enthusiasm and organization on multi-day trips is hard to beat. Sarah is a Senior Raft Guide and in our off season spends her time guiding trips in Japan and in the United States.

Phil Collins

Yes that's his name!  Phil started working here in 2013 after three years guiding in Canada and many more before that in Australia.  He loves it so much that along with his partner Kirsty he has bought the company.  You will see Phil guiding early and late season trips, driving the buses around and helping to organise and plan trips.  If you stop by for a chat or to check in for a trip, Phil (and Kirsty) will make sure you have everything you need for a comfortable and fantastic experience on the Whanganui or Rangitikei rivers. 


Bruce the wonder dog is mostly a base worker, but is great at welcoming all new guests to the property and distracting them from what actually needs to be done.  At only 15 weeks old and standing at 12 inches high he is still learning his swimming techniques and will be a great team member once his skills and training match his enthusiasm.  

Canon Larsen

Canon is full time with us here at Canoe Safaris and first paddled the Whanganui river in 2013.  He has been guiding with us for three seasons and comes from the Kapiti coast.  Canon is passionate about this area, and will go the extra mile to make sure everyone has a great time, he also fancies himself as a bit of a kitchen whizz, so ask him for something special.  In the wintertime you can find him still working locally at Turoa Ski Field up Mount Ruapehu.  

Erin Storosko

Erin has been a Raft and Canoe Guide in Canada, having decided to put her teaching career on hold for a bit.  After graduating from British Columbia's Thompson Rivers University and working seasons there, she has joined us to lead trips on the Whanganui and Rangitikei rivers.  A strong team player with great group and coaching skills, Erin is a welcome addition to the Canoe Safaris team.