Monday, 29 October 2018
Meet Lynn Gillespie,a retired teacher, who has joined our team of enthusiastic ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour guides.
While the closure of the Bath House has dealt a huge blow to Rotorua, I can see a positive; the ‘Outside the Walls’ tours give visitors and locals an opportunity they wouldn’t have had to learn so much more about our city.
Prior to retirement I spent most of my working life in education, including teaching Tourism. During studies some years ago one of my tutors was Hiko Hohepa, a wonderful Te Arawa historian and story teller extraordinaire. I loved listening to his tales of Māori history which led me to study Māori Tourism.
When I saw the advertisement for ‘Outside the Walls’ training I thought here is an opportunity to do something encompassing those interests and I loved the idea of sharing them with others.
I found the training thoroughly enjoyable (especially Julie’s stories). I learned so much that was new and gained a deeper appreciation of much of the Gardens I’d probably taken for granted previously.