Mayor of Milford since the turn of the century, Rosco is an adventurous kiwi bloke, passionate about the area, often outspoken, never politically correct and loves nothing more than showing visitors to Milford Sound the raw beauty of the place he calls home:

“I feel extremely privileged to be living my life in an area I love. It's not just the paddling it is the lifestyle, the people, the vibe and the buzz of showing everyone our playground in paradise!”


Rosco was on some days off with friends back in 1988 paddling down the Hollyford River into Lake McKerrow and out to Martins Bay with the plan of paddling along the coast on the Tasman Sea and into Milford Sound. After waiting for 2 days at Martins Bay for the 4 meter swell to ease it was an easy paddle down the coast and into Milford. The final 16km paddling all the way into the sound saw Rosco and his friends escorted by a pod of 30 bottlenose dolphins. It was a very “memorable” trip and one that planted the seed for setting up Milford’s first commercial sea kayaking operation.


Today over two decades later Rosco has the longest serving owner operated sea kayaking business in New Zealand. With this wealth of experience and a small team of top class guides working alongside him Rosco continues to offer visitors to Milford Sound new and exciting sea kayaking adventures.


  • He was the first to skydive into Milford back in 2003.
  • Was the first to have paraglided off Mt Phillips overlooking Deep Water Basin back in 2004.
  • Rosco is a 6-time winner of the infamous homer to home (1998-2003). This cycling race descended from the Homer Tunnel down a series of hairpins dropping 700 metres in a little over 10km with speeds of over 80kph common on a course that included 3 one-way bridges with the road remaining open to normal traffic. Rosco remained undefeated when the race was discontinued in 2004 due to safety concerns.
  • Race director and organizer of the Homer Nude Tunnel run this event runs on April 1st annually, Rosco was ecstatic that the event made the top 10 of the world's best naked outdoors events in August 2012.
  • Race director of the Milford Pentathalon, this event runs annually at the end of November and is extremely popular with Milford locals.


Our small team of professional local guides will give you ongoing paddle tips while you’re on the water and share their extensive knowledge of the region with you along the way. We like to keep group sizes small; this allows visitors to get to know our guides more easily and learn a lot more from the experience. Just remember our guides are there to ensure your kayaking expedition is a safe, easy and enjoyable one so don’t be shy!

© Rosco's Milford Kayaks 2015