My name is… Anja Algra

Job Title… Operations Manager

Original Country… I am a Dutchie originally from the Netherlands but have been living in Kiwiland since 1986

Specialising in… I am the Operations Manager at Lakewood Lodge. Basically, that means that I am responsible for the day to day running of Lakewood Lodge and managing a team of incredible talented instructors.

Previous Experience… Originally, I was born and bred in the Netherlands, but I moved to New Zealand in 1986. I have two boys and six grandchildren who keep me on my toes. I love birds especially parrots and I got to experience them big time when I moved to outback Australia and lived there for 7 years. The love of my live though, is Buddy, who is my one-year old Shitzu, and you can find him either with me in the office or hanging around the Lodge with the campers. For a lot of years, I was a Chef and spent lots of time in kitchens around The Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand so sometimes you will find me in the Lakewood Lodge kitchen, either helping out or cooking. I also spent a long time working for ANZ banking group and in the financial industry. During my life I have travelled a lot and enjoyed so many great spots around the world, but New Zealand is my favourite. At one part of my time here I went travelling through New Zealand in a motorhome and it took me 3 years to see all the cool places and I am sure there is more to see. While I was at the Westcoast of the South Island, I took on the job of managing the Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday park but after 5 years I decided to go and have a look in Australia. Now I have come back to live and stay in New Zealand and I have been at Lakewood Lodge a year and I am loving it!! In my time off I love motorbikes, animals, good movies, catching up with friends and family, drawing and designing artwork and I also study. I am doing my Bachelor in Criminal Psychology in March next year!! Yeah, I know busy busy!!!  So hopefully you get to meet me when you stay with us at Lakewood Lodge. I am really excited to meet you!

Why I love Lakewood… I love being outdoors and out on the farm. I love the versatility of our work and that we literally get to do everything every day 😊

My Favourite Movie… Forest Gump

Favourite Lakewood Lodge Animal… Kevin the Rooster

Favourite Food at the lodge…Salad and Chicken drumsticks

Favourite Lakewood Lodge Disco song… Pass the Duchie

Favourite Activity to Instruct… Low Ropes