Craig Wilson - Lodge Manager, Chef
Son of company founders, John and Lynnette Wilson, Craig did his share of guiding in the park and building the Lodges he now manages. He trained with renowned chef, Ruth Pretty, in Wellington before heading to London where he helped set up Freedom bar/café, still operating on Wardour St, Soho. His journey includes being 'chef to the stars' and operating his own restaurant at Cederman House, Riwaka, before taking the helm at the family's lodges in the park. Read his story published in Hospitality Magazine.
Robbie Jameson - Chef
A world traveller since childhood, Robbie gained qualifications in catering & hospitality from South Downs College in England. His first job in our region was chef in Kaiteriteri, while his brother worked in our Lodges in 2014. Robbie returned to work for us 2016 as Lodge Operations Assistant, then took up the role of Chef in 2017.
Shannon Trimble - Chef
With adventure tourism qualifications from Otago Polytechnic, Shannon was part of our guiding team for six seasons from 2013. She took time out to guide in Norway and compete in multi-sport endurance races. Keen for new experiences and skills, she joined us in 2020 to practise cooking and lodge management with Craig Wilson.
Julian Schwob - Chef
Julian was born in Germany, but after exploring many corners of the world for the past 5 years, the top of the south in New Zealand was the place he felt most at home. Now a resident and freshly married, he's making this part of the planet his home. A role as chef, cooking for a mindfulness retreat in the Coromandel, fed Julian's passion for cooking. He follows that passion, joining us for the 2021-22 summer in our beachfront lodges in Abel Tasman National Park.
Eden Mawston - Housekeeper
From Whangarei, Eden grew up travelling and hiking around New Zealand with her mother, who worked at our lodges from 2018 to 2021. Visiting her mother whilst she was in the national park inspired Eden to join us in 2020.
Kim Hawkes - Housekeeper
An adventurer who started in New Zealand and travelled the world, working in hospitality and guiding, Kim returned home in 2018 to study at NMIT in Nelson for the Super Yacht Crewing Certificate. After a season crewing on our boats, she spent 18 months on super yachts in France and Italy, then returned to New Zealand to work in our lodges late in 2020. Now, her plans to escape our winters with European summers are on hold.
Nic Klein - Housekeeper
From England, Nic followed her heart to New Zealand in 2008 and crewed on our boats for 3 seasons. She established Marahau as home and became a New Zealand citizen in 2018, then rejoined us in 2020 to welcome you at our lodges in the national park.
Isabella Rae - Housekeeper
Born and raised in Marahau, the Abel Tasman has always been Isabella's home. With qualifications in Tourism and Travel Management gained at The New Zealand School of Tourism in Christchurch, she returned home after a year in hospitality as a Kitchen Hand. Working as an intern over the past summer for her family Backpackers Kanuka Ridge in Marahau inspired Isabella to take up the role and work in the beautiful lodges in the National Park this 2021-22 season.
Gabrielle Prevost - Housekeeper
Stranded in Canada for two years due to Covid travel restrictions, Gabrielle has managed to find her way to New Zealand and we welcome her to our lodges in Abel Tasman National Park.