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Darren Mills

Darren Mills, Managing Director of Waikato River Explorer

What is your current role?

Managing Director of Waikato River Explorer

What do you enjoy about working at Waikato River Explorer?

Our customers come onboard with a smile on their faces and leave with an even bigger one!

What was your first job?

12am-5am Radio Show on the ZM Network in 1983.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Skipper on the Waiheke Ferry.

What is an achievement or special credential you're really proud of?

Qualifying as a Skipper, landing a job with Fullers 360, skippering a Ferry to Waiheke for the first time and making our first profit.

What do you do in your spare time?

I read news on several small radio stations around the country and also emcee events.

What are you most grateful for in your life?

Our Investors for riding the rollercoaster of the Tourism Industry with us and trusting us to navigate.

Darren Mills, Managing Director of Waikato River Explorer - Business Events Waikato

Who inspires you and why?

My wife Vanessa who has battled Stage Four Cancer for the past two years with great enthusiasm ... and success as well!

Have you got a favourite aphorism / motto?

If you do not know what you want, you will not know what you have when you have it!

What is your favourite spot in the Waikato?

Walking along the banks of the river.