Meet the team that will help you get the most out of your next Queenstown hostel experience
Shaun is originally from tropical North Queensland in Australia, but try not to hold that against him! He’s been in Queenstown for almost 14yrs, with no intention of re-joining the real world anytime soon.
He originally moved to Queenstown to chase the snow on a snowboard and the dirt on a mountainbike, for what was meant to be a couple of years. Queenstown grabbed him though, and with his family it was decided that they would create a new accommodation experience, which we now know as Absoloot Hostel Queenstown.
With a wealth of knowledge about Queenstown and New Zealand in general, he’s got all the info you require, and a bunch you probably don’t. If you see him around, feel free to hit him up for some advice, suggestions, or even a quick lap up the hills!
Sara has been with us now since December 2017, after a long stint as housekeeper and enjoying the finer life as guest for a few months prior. This means that Sara’s had the benefit of actually being a tourist in New Zealand, so she’s well versed in the what, why, and how of the things to do.
Originally hailing from Northern Ireland, like most of the team Sara has experienced most of what Queenstown has to offer – from the idyllic lake cruises to throwing herself off a platform with AJ Hackett Bungy. Sara is a resident expert on all things adventure, so she’s the perfect candidate as our current Reception Manager.
Just don’t challenge her to a drinking game – the Irish aren’t to be messed with!
Chris from Newcastle, England, has been in and out of our lives since the inception of Absoloot back in 2010, teasing us almost every year with a drop-in or 2, moonlighting as a housekeeper and general rad individual. That started to get tiresome after the 4th time – we don’t like goodbyes – so we figured we’d better keep him around a little more consistently, so say ‘hello’ to our Hostel Manager!
Chris loves New Zealand as much – if not more – than the rest of the team, and he’s also probably the most well-traveled of us as well, so we figure he probably knows what he’s talking about.
He’s been around the block a few times in NZ, and is a cracking photographer as well – you can check out his NZ-based work on our instagram feed, and his photos adorn the walls of our private rooms too.
Laura is Queenstown’s favourite Dutchie, and also an ex-housekeeper who joined us on reception at the end of Winter 2018. She has a permanent smile on her face, and lights up reception every day she is with us.
Laura is also our resident hiker: she loves to spend her days checking out all of the local walking trails and points of interest. She’s done all the hikes in the area you’ve heard of (and some you haven’t), so if you have any questions about trails you’d like to tick off, Laura is definitely the one to talk to.
Not to mention Laura has experienced most of the activities around the area herself, so she can talk about everything you want to do from a first person perspective!
Adam from Colchester, England, is our newest member of the Absoloot Hostel QT team. Like Chris, Adam also couldn’t stop coming back to to us for the good ol’ stint in Queenstown. Most recently he re-joined us after living in Canada for 3 and a half years. Queenstown really does have that sort of magnetism, as you might have guessed after reading every else’s information above!
He spends his time out of the hostel smashing everybody at badmington, climbing the cliffs around the area, volunteering at the nearby kiwi birlife park, growing beer and brewing plants 🙂
He’s also a professional scarer – if you’re nice maybe you’ll find out.