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 since 2007, 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 QT.
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 Hostel 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 General 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.
Adam hails from Colchester, England, and is our newest member of the Absoloot Hostel QT team. Like Chris, Adam also couldn’t stop coming back to to us for a good ol’ stint in Queenstown. Most recently he re-joined us at the end of 2019 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 birdlife park, growing beer and brewing plants 🙂
He’s also a lover of all things New Zealand – just like the rest of us – and has more than a few tidbits of information to help you out during your time in Aotearoa!