The Crew

Adventure Queenstown Hostel Staff Collection

Brett – Snowboarder/Travel Buff/Occasional Chef

Having visited 50+ different countries around the world, and stayed in 70+ hostels… and counting, Brett knows exactly what backpackers want in a good hostel. He has lived in Australia and England as well as New Zealand, and brings a wealth of experience in understanding what intrepid travellers want in a short stay. An avid snowboarder with a love of sport, music and the outdoors, he’s always planning the next adventure. Currently getting over the pain of losing the Ashes back to England.

Likes: His snowboards, Vinyl collection, Bluebird days, Fine wine, Being grumpy.

Dislikes: Crap snow, Crap wine, Mornings, Feeling irritable, Modern R&B & pop music.

Lisa – Beatles Fanatic

The heart and soul of the hostel, Lisa’s been part of the AQ family since starting out as a seasonal worker in 2012 to now being Manager of AQ2! Originally from London, (the Canadian one) two years ago she expanded our hostel family when she had baby Molly, our littlest crew member! But this mama’s still cool: talk to her about anything from skydiving, to road-tripping, to Bob Dylan or The Beatles, and we think you’ll agree.

Likes: Music from before 1979, Molly, Hockey and Sleep.

Dislikes: Music after 1979, Renewing visas, Day care costs and The Maple Leafs being so terrible for so long!

Fraser – The Old Man

Our IT and film guru, Fraser likes to claim he won’t do some of the more crazy adrenaline activities in Queenstown, but in the end he always does. You can most often find him watching a film in the lounge, enjoying a brew in the dining room, or perfecting his grilling technique on the balcony.

Likes: Junk food, Beer, Hayao Miyazaki (a film director apparently).

Dislikes: Whisky, Heights.

Nathan – From Jersey, no, not that Jersey

Never a dull moment or time to be wasted as Nathan is always trying to maximize all of his free time. If there is a sport to play, hike to go on or location to bike towards, you can be assured he’s en route. If you find him in the hostel not working he’ll either be dreaming up his next adventure or in the midst of planning an activity at the last minute.

Likes: Cuddling bear, Hikes, Adrenaline sports, Fresh snow.

Dislikes: Indoors, Explaining where the Channel Islands are located.

Danny – Roastmaster

Taking a year off before returning to the UK to become a head chef, Danny is no stranger to hard work in the kitchen, which was music to our ears while we were looking for a new superstar to run our Sunday Roast Dinner. To say he’s been crushing it is an understatement, but he’s not big on bravado.

Likes: Football, Caffeine.

Dislikes: Cooking (oh the irony).

Liz – Lovely Liz

Despite hailing from the most well known mountainous region in the USA, like a true Denver-rite, Liz doesn’t ski. But she does love everything else the mountains have to offer including hiking, running, camping, etc. When she’s not working, you’ll find her in the kitchen (eating), retailing’ at a local athletic-wear store or scoping out a close by trail.

Likes: Coffee, Hikes, Lots of pillows, Vegetables.

Dislikes: Peanut butter, Running into things.

Dan – AmeriDan

Manager Dan is constantly buzzing around the hostel, fixing anything in sight, a stickler when it comes to attention to detail. In his free time, you’ll mainly spot him in the dining room, perfecting his DJ skills and catching up on his favorite TV shows. A comedy connoisseur, the best way to hear Dan giggle like a small child is to arrive armed with a really bad pun.

Likes: Good coffee, Dance music, New TV shows to binge watch, Road trips, Ticking items off the bucket list.

Dislikes: Instant coffee, Mornings, Clutter, Lo-fi audio.

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Jason – The Canadian

Our second staff member to hail from London, Ontario, this upbeat Canadian is our go-to reception extraordinaire. Perpetually happy and upbeat, he’s on a mission to see as much of the world as possible for the next five years. He still thinks he’ll be going back to Canada at the end of his world tour, but we’re really not so sure.

Likes: Everything sports, His “pile”, Hiding in his man-cave, Thai food, Frisbee golf.

Dislikes: Grumpy people, Mornings.

Eloise – Adventure ELS

The only way is ‘away’ from Essex! Our Essex girl with no false eyelashes (as far as we can tell) would rather be found up a mountain or jumping out of an airplane than back in the UK. Addicted to the TV show ‘Friends’ this girl is always up for anything and ready at the word go!

Likes: Outdoors, Meeting new people, Skiing, Chocolate, Pizza, Wine, Anything adrenaline.

Dislikes: Grumpy people, Bad weather.

Baker – Bake Show

Despite being raised a southerner in the USA, after studying in Colorado he likes to think his true home is in the mountains. In his spare time you will find him nerding out on fitness, film, the outdoors, or probably just eating. 

Likes: Drumming, Craft beer, Movie quotes.

Dislikes: Annoyingly loud music at bars, Spiders.

Mike – The Hype Man

Hailing originally from Chicago, Mike went to Michigan St. for University where he’s deservedly boastful about winning a national rowing championship. An avid fan of all water based sports, especially wake boarding and waterskiing, Mike is willing to try just about anything as long as it’s an adrenaline sport. Always excitable and bursting with energy, it’s hard to picture him living in a convent for a month in Cuba, but yet it’s true…

Likes: Watching golf on Sunday mornings, Exploring the outdoors, Finding money in pants that haven’t been worn in awhile.

Dislikes: Rainy days, People who walk slowly, Birds eyeballing his food in a park.

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Christian – Just call me Chuck

Joining the team after spending the winter at our sister hostel (he was our very first guest!), Christian is always up for a good laugh and an adventure. While he only works one day a week for us, you’ll surely find him helping out in his free time because that’s just the type of guy that he is!

Likes: A good nights sleep, Football, German beer.

Dislikes: People being able to hear him singing in the shower.

 Mr Claus – Less a guard dog and more a player with the ladies!

It was like this:  We get a whole ham on the bone for our Xmas in June, however it disappeared.  Soon after, a ransom note is delivered demanding a hostel puppy for the safe return of the ham.  After a lack of negotiation and Xmas rapidly approaching, we have no choice to give in and get a hostel puppy.  The ham was returned safely and we all had a great Xmas meal.  Mr. Claus is our guardian, not because he is so fierce but because everyone loves him!

Likes: Cuddles with the girls.

Dislikes: Being ignored, the arrival of Bear.

Bear – Actually… he has a new name every day!

Mr Claus got bored with all the girls, so we got him a friend.  Being 5 foot tall, Big Bear is actually bigger than many guests!  He will answer to any name as we change it every day. He’s so popular he needs to go ‘home’ every night as guests can’t be trusted keep their hands to themselves after a few drinks and our new friend is sweet and innocent.

Likes:  Looking hungover most days, lying around the lounge area, mornings, Mr Claus.

Dislikes: Having to be put away at night, tequila.