Operations Manager

Hi I'm Tania, I come from 10 years of working in social work and am passionate about young people. I come from a strong sports background and love using physical activities to challenge young people. I thrive on watching children and adults build self confidence and creating positive experience. I am completely honoured to be at Lakewood lodge and share in creating amazing experience for the children that come here.


Hi my name is Gareth and I am 57 years old. I was born in Wales in the UK. At the age of 18 I joining R.A.F. Catering, to learn the art of Cooking. I serviced for 9 years, both in the UK and overseas. I have had various cooking jobs, including Middle East contracts. I moved to NZ  in January 2015. I am married to Carolyn who is a Kiwi and I have 2 step children - Charlotte who is 16 and Brodie who is 13. I look forward to cooking for you at Lakewood Lodge.

Senior Activities Instructor

Hi, I'm Kathryn and I started at Lakewood Lodge in February 2016. I can instruct all the activities here at Lakewood Lodge and I really enjoy teaching Low Ropes and watch the campers challenge themselves and work as a group. 

Motocross is my big passion. I ride a KDX200 bike and love competing. I'm part of the Huntly Club and have been riding bikes since I was 4 years old. I have been racing for the last 6 years.

Horse Instructor

Hi there, I'm Claire and I'm originally from Cornwall in the UK and I have been in NZ for 7 years now. I am a qualified Horse Instructor & I have been teaching for over 15 years. I love horses  & I have been riding for over 30 years. I love competing on my own horses but teaching people to ride is my main passion! I look forward to getting you all on a horse at Lakewood Lodge soon.

Survival Instructor

Hi! My name is Oskar, the Survival Instructor here at Lakewood Lodge. I was brought up in the forests of Sweden. Some of my friends claim that I am half man/half bear and they might just be right!! I hope to meet you all soon!

Activities Instructor

Hi! I'm Kimberley, but you can call me Kim. Some of my biggest passions are flying planes and astronomy. I even did a few years at University learning about space and other planets. In my free time you'll usually catch me planning my next hike with my American Bulldog, Rex, or flying a plane around the country. Hope to see you at camp soon!  

Activities Instructor

Hi, my name is Georgia but all my friends call Geebee.
I love every living creature, big and small, and I consider myself a wildlife warrior.
I come from the beaches of Australia and have worked in an Aquarium/Reptile Park where I was bitten by a salt water crocodile!!
I hope to see you at one of the activities at Lakewood Lodge very soon.

Activities Instructor

Hi everyone my name is Olivia! You will most likely find me at the Climbing Wall or playing the piano in the lodge. When I’m not at Lakewood I love spending time with all my own animals, like my pet pig, Dot. I love art, and my dream is to be a graphic designer one day. Hope to see you at camp soon!

Activities Instructor

Hi Hey everyone! I'm Ella from Germany. Currently I am traveling in New Zealand. My dream is to see the whole world. I love to be in the water, that's why i am an Dive Instructor.
Here at Lakewood Lodge, I am Claire's assistant and i help you guys ride a Horse or Pony.
Hope to see you soon on a horse at Lakewood Lodge in the future.

The 'Boss'

Hi. My name is Chubs. I'm the boss and I am allowed to go where I like except in the kitchen when they tell me off. I love being stroked on my back and having my tummy tickled but I do not like being picked up as it hurts my tummy.