Meet the Team

Our lodge managers:

Christchurch

Sheryl Botha
Christchurch Manager
Sheryl Botha
Christchurch Manager

Why Haka Lodge is awesome:

The passion of the people who work at Haka Lodge. We work here because we love it! And it shows from the friendly welcome you will receive on arrival, to the attention taken to ensure the lodge is ultra clean and comfy, we go the extra mile for our guests!

Favourite local activity:

For me it’s got to be the local beaches, the various walks on the Port Hills and Banks Peninsular, and the forest walks in the foothills about an hour north of the City.

Top tip for making your stay a great one:

Take a deep breathe, now let it out nice and slow... Welcome you have arrived. Haka Lodge Christchurch, your real home away from home. Take a stroll around our gorgeous native garden, chill out in the hammock, or eat fresh veges from our garden. In cold weather rug up next to our cosy wood fire, and soak up the chill vibes or make new friends in the lounge.

Martina Mestek
Christchurch Assistant Manager
Martina Mestek
Christchurch Assistant Manager

Why Haka Lodge is awesome:

For me it’s the feeling you get stepping in any Haka Lodge. That homey, comfortable feeling which you get when you are amongst friends. As a backpacker i know how important that feeling is and at Haka that comes naturally..Besides comfortable beds and awesome staff, of course!

Favourite local activity:

Exploring the Garden City on a bike! Cruising through the Botanic garden, stopping at the Museum and grabing a cup of coffee or a quick lunch at Re:Start Mall. But if I want to chill and enjoy an afternoon at the beach I take a bike to the Sumner Beach. It is amazing and just a quick ride from the hostel!

Top tip for making your stay a great one:

Christchurch is a city full of kontrasts. On one hand you have the ruins and construction sites, but on the other hand you have beautifull parks, gardens and beaches. Take the city as it is and give it a chance. Explore it and get to know the history and the people. Once you realise how the city is constantly transforming and evolving, you will see it’s a city of opportunities and hope.

Queenstown

Laure Falconnier
Queenstown Manager
Laure Falconnier
Queenstown Manager

Why Haka Lodge is awesome:

Haka Lodge is a home away from home, a place to relax, enjoy and make new friends. Each Haka Lodge is different, but they're all filled with the love of the team working there. We want you to enjoy your stay and nothing makes us happier than seeing a smile on your face.

Favourite local activity:

Paragliding, without a single doubt! It's so peaceful and relaxing, you just fly like a bird, the view is stunning, just a perfect moment. Have an open minded attitude and talk to the other guests, you might make friends for life!

Bay of Islands

Kirsty Hofstetter
Bay of islands Manager
Kirsty Hofstetter
Bay of islands Manager

Why Haka Lodge is awesome:

The quirky atmosphere, friendly staff and comfortable lounge mean you can really feel at home while you stay with us.

Favourite local activity:

Scuba Diving the Canterbury wreck and surrounding reefs – it’s eerie and amazing and in a marine reserve so there are fish everywhere! If you don’t want to get wet, then you can always check out the Bay from the sky and do the highest skydive in the North Island – 16000ft!

Top tip for making your stay a great one:

Leave your worries at home and get into the Kiwi mindset – easy going, no stress and a new adventure around every corner.

Auckland

Steve Hind
Auckland Night Manager
Steve Hind
Auckland Night Manager

Why is Haka awesome? I love the Haka Lodge because its a comfortable and exciting place at the same time. Hosting lovely backpackers from around the world who are mostly having adventures and exploring this awesome country. Favourite local activity? Personally I love skating around the city and occasionally relaxing in the parks and coffee shops. Going out for beers or food with cool people I've met. Skydiving at Go Skydive Mercer was amazing! not far from the city and a great experience. Top tip for making your stay a great one? Get to know people, go on random trips with your new friends and make the most of this environment that you're staying in. Haka Lodge attracts some of the nicest and most adventurous people and I count myself lucky to work and live here!  

Naomi Render
Auckland Manager
Naomi Render
Auckland Manager

Why Haka Lodge is awesome:

We're all buddies! Guests are like family, & we have super clean & comfy facilities so you feel right at home. Our staff are all well-travelled so have lots to talk about & know the best local spots in town 🙂

Favourite local activity:

Waiheke Island baby! 1. There's heaps of wineries. 2. The beaches are beautiful. 3. It has its own micro-climate so you immediately feel like you're on summer holidays. 4. Did I mention the wineries?

Top tip - don't waste time!:

There's so much to see & do - surfing in Raglan, checking out the panoramic city views from Mount Eden, jumping off the Sky Tower or the Harbour Bridge... Get amongst it - this is THE PLACE to make amazing new friends & awesome memories.

Kristen Chinn
Auckland Night Manager
Kristen Chinn
Auckland Night Manager

Why is Haka awesome? Having stayed at many hostels around the world, Haka definitely ranks at the top. From great facilities to a wonderful environment, Haka has everything you look for in a hostel. Favourite local activity? I'm a sucker for a great market, so La Cigale is an awesome stop on a Saturday or Sunday morning. For something a bit further out of the city, Matakana Farmer's market is a great day trip. Top tip for making your stay a great one? Take advantage of your time to see as much as possible that this beautiful country has to offer! But don't forget to take a break once in awhile and relax with a beer

Harry McAlpine
Auckland Assistant Manager
Harry McAlpine
Auckland Assistant Manager

Why Haka Lodge is awesome:

By virtue of the fact that installed within it is an ethos of family and a universal love for all of our fellow earth bound human beings from across the globe. Not to mention the fact that it operates with such cool, calm and collectedness, at least most of the time!

Favourite local activity:

If we are talking local in terms of Auckland, I must say, rather like an old man, I enjoy a long and lumbering stroll in the Domain, enjoying the geese with their terrifyingly beady eyes, the ducks, and of course that one solitary chicken that hangs around acting like it’s totally not weird that it’s there, which it totally is. Who can forget also the dankness that is Waihake Island, and my current stomping ground the picturesque Titirangi. In terms of the wider locality of NZ I love the beauty of both Wanaka in the south, and Lake Taupo of the north.

Top tip for making your stay a great one:

Top Tip for making your stay a great one: Be kind to everyone and everything and have an open heart towards everyone you meet, except for perhaps a Young Nat. Just kidding. Also be nice to the earth and it will return in kind to you. Don’t get hung up on the trivialities, if you don’t think something will bother you a year from now, then it ain’t worth get bothered over now!

Elise Lagrenaudie
Auckland Assistant Manager
Elise Lagrenaudie
Auckland Assistant Manager

Why Haka Lodge is awesome:

Because it's a unique concept, it feels cosy, homey and there is a great team atmosphere!

Favourite local activity:

Explore the surrounding beaches and national parks, or hanging out in the op-shops with my chicks!

Top tip for making your stay a great one:

Keep your mind open.

Taupō

Maria Mills
Taupō Manager / Operations Manager
Maria Mills
Taupō Manager / Operations Manager

Why Haka Lodge is awesome:

Haka Lodge is awesome because Haka is everyone's home away from home! A place to meet new friends, relax between adventures and discover the beautiful the our town has to offer.

Favourite local activity:

Only one? Taupō is full of amazing outdoor experiences – one of my favs would be the walking track to the famous Huka Falls – in Spring Tuis and Fantails follow you along your walk as they enjoy the nectar from the native Kōwhai trees. For a longer hikes, the mighty Tongariro Crossing never disappoints with amazing scenery to excites the senses!

Top tip for making your stay a great one:

When staying at Haka Lodge, remember our team are here to make your NZ experience the best it can be. We are passionate about Great Lake Taupō and everything the Waikato region has to offer and we are keen to share our local knowledge with you.

Charlotte Edelmayer
Taupō Assistant Manager
Charlotte Edelmayer
Taupō Assistant Manager

Why Haka Lodge is awesome:

Everyone in our team has been a backpacker at some point, so we all understand what our guests need after a day of traveling and being out and about adventuring. We've all been there, we get it, and we want to provide you with the best there is so you can enjoy your New-Zealand experience fully.

Favourite local activity:

There is so much to do here in Taupō it's hard to pick just a select few! I guess the perfect day would start with a hike to the top of Mt Tauhara for the sunrise, where you have a 360 degree view of the Great Lake Taupō region, followed by a skydive or a rafting trip down the Tongariro river and then a cheeky little sailing trip on the lake to the Maori Rock Carvings, just in time for the sunset.

Top tip for making your stay a great one:

Just enjoy every little moment of your experience, meet your fellow travellers, and explore beautiful Taupo and its region. And if you have any questions, just come and see us and we'll be more than happy to help you out!