Meet Craig, Waimangu Operations Manager

A relatively new addition to the Waimangu team, Craig is no stranger to the geothermal delights of Rotorua. Craig is originally from Christchurch, and enjoys riding motorbikes and hanging out with his daughter in Palmerston North.

What does a typical day at work look like? 

Every day is different, but always ensuring all aspects of the business are fully resourced for the day to day functioning of the valley.

What have you been working on recently?

An alternative track from Warbrick terraces to the lake. Unfortunately, over the last year the lake levels have come to the point where parts of the track are underwater, so we’re starting a new track above the wetlands..

What is the best part of your job?

My office and the customer feedback about Waimangu. Waimangu is a unique, stunning environment and it is great to see our visitors enjoying this experience.

And the worst?

Dealing with Mother Nature at her worst, this year in particular we have had exceptional rainfall causing an array of logistical problems.

What’s your favourite feature of the valley?

The Silica Stalactites, its quiet incredible to see these formations form within such a short time period. Limestone Stalactites takes 1000’sf years!

Tell us something about Waimangu that nobody knows?

In the late 60’s the valley staff dressed with a nautical theme complete with a skippers hat and the white Bermuda shorts to match.

And your local’s tip about the best places to go in Rotorua?

I’m a foodie at heart so I’d have to say Sabroso’s restaurant.





Posted by Nicki Dent on January 31, 2019