Shaun is the head-honcho, the big-cheese, all-that and a bag of potato chips (or so he tells us). He’s been in Queenstown for approximately 12yrs, with no intention of re-joining the real world anytime soon. With a wealth of knowledge about Queenstown – in particular the mountainbiking and snowboarding side of things – he’s got all the info you require, and doesn’t mind taking people on a lesson or 2 up the mountains in both seasons.
Protip: Beer is the international currency of the world! He also loves to hear about how bad the Australian teams are at every sport, so please let him know!
Sara, on reception, has been with us now since December 2017, after a long stint as housekeeper and enjoying the finer life as a Queenstown bum 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.
And if you invite her out for a quiet evening bevy, please don’t challenge her to a drinking game – the Irish aren’t to be messed with! It wont be a quiet bevy and you’ll definitely miss your flight out of Queenstown.
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…
Laura, our favourite Dutchie, is the newest member of our team, having joined us at the end of Winter 2018 – but don’t think she doesn’t know what she’s talking about!
Laura is our resident hiker: she loves to spend her days checking out all of the local walking trails points of interest. 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! She’s also got a good handle on the best bars and restaurants in town. She might tell you where they are if you buy her an espresso martini!