Christine founded Lakewood Lodge in 1995. She believed that children need to experience a safe homely environment where they can improve their self confidence and learn about the care of water and animals. Christine is an ex schoolteacher. The well being of children is close to her heart. The Lodge has a warm welcoming atmosphere that Christine believes is very important. Children and adults feel "at home" there and are able to explore their options in a safe caring atmosphere. Christine believes that if you can change just one child's life and beliefs each week, this will help our world. Christine also believes that we need to mix different cultures together to improve race relations and develop understanding of each others differences. To that end, the Lodge has children visit from China, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea and Tahiti as well as New Zealand children. It can be surprising how some of these nationalities do not tolerate each other so Christine endeavours to amalgamate them in a fun way. If we can teach our children to get on with people from all walks of life, they will develop into better adults.
Jeff is Christine's son who initially worked part time in the business while Christine was establishing it, but after completing outdoor education courses as well experiencing Camp America camps, he came back to run the Operations of Lakewood Lodge. He quickly became full time, training instructors and creating exciting cutting edge teaching activities. Jeff knows every part of the business and can fill in anywhere. Jeff is extremely passionate about ensuring Lakewood Lodge delivers an impeccable experience for all visitors and every year they keep coming back for more. Jeff loves all sport and is President of almost every club he is involved in from squash, to cricket. He also has a massive passion for travelling where he gets new ideas that he brings back to the lodge each season. Jeff's son Sam is also an amazing Instructor and when he's not studying finance and data science at the University of Wellington, he's helping out around the Lodge. Jeff and Christine's Mission Statement is to care about the children, guests and animals as if they were family. Teaching children life skills and sustainability for the environment is what they were born to do.