Lodge Director


Russell has been working at the Lodge for over 10 years now, and has enjoyed every minute of it. He has raised his family in the National Park, and loves waking up to the sound of students laughing in the buildings nearby.

Most used piece of equipment:

Nissan Safari. Russell is often recognized by the sound of his truck rumbling into the carpark, before he’s seen at the Lodge. He uses it to access some remote parts of the country.

Best part of working at the Lodge:

Getting to raise a family in the quiet little community of St. Arnaud. Adventures aplenty.


Senior Instructor/Safety Operations Manager

Gwyn joined us early in 2016 from Australia (even though he’s from the UK), after he finished a few years of skippering and crewing on sailing yachts. His past experience working at outdoor education centres overseas has made for an easy transition to RLOEC.

Most used piece of equipment:

Kayaks (river and sea). Gwyn is a water baby, and whatever kind of boat he can get his hands on, suits him quite well! He’s spend a bit of time paddling up and down the lake, and tackling some whitewater on the Buller.

Best part about working at RLOEC:

Being close to the snow! Gwyn hasn’t spent much time in the snow over the last few years working in hot climates, and is excited for winter to kick into gear up here in the mountains!





Before coming to Rototiti Lodge Mikayla was training at Tai Poutini in Outdoor Education. Her best outdoor experience was sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman under a big orange moon with green phosphorescence all around. One day she would like to go skiing in Canada and hopefully see a moose

Most used piece of equipment:

A raft, a paddle and a bit of luck. There’s no better way to unwind at the weekends than throwing a large rubber tube down a river and hopefully ending up dry and smiling at the end or, if its nice, being wet and smiling.

Best part about working at RLOEC:

Interacting with all the students that come up on camp, giving them exciting activities to enjoy and watching them progress as a team and as individuals.






Anita has just completed her second year in Outdoor Education training at Aoraki Polytech and is now getting her first taste of full time instructing in the outdoor industry. She is looking forward to winter in the lakes when she will be hitting the piste at Rainbow ski field. Her most memorable outdoor experience was tramping in the Ben Ohau range, navigating scree slopes and enjoying the beautiful scenery. High on her travelling bucket list is an extensive tour of Europe to experience its many sights, tastes and adventures.

Most used piece of equipment:

Her climbing gear. Anita just likes hanging around, preferably half way up a rock face. She’s always getting tied up in knots.

Best part about working at RLOEC:

Living and working in the national park. Every day is different. You might wake up to snow on the hills or a mini flood running past your door but the scenery is always great.