Our Staff


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 and Operations Manager

Anita has worked here for a few years now, she started off here as an instructor fresh out of studying Outdoor Education at Aoraki Polytech. She loves the outdoors so how cool is it to be able to work and play at the same time in an awesome environment

She loves winters out here in the nelson lakes as she will be hitting the piste at Rainbow ski field whenever theres a day off.

Her most memorable outdoor experience was tramping in the Ben Ohau range, navigating scree slopes and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

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 (outside the house is even better)  or a mini flood running past your door but the scenery is always great.



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.



This is Ellie, she currently has one the best jobs in the world – going mountain biking, canoeing, and tramping for a living! (Yes she wrote this bit herself)

She got into doing outdoorsy stuff from when she was a wee nipper, going out with her folks. When she was in high school, her parents convinced her do an outdoor education diploma, rather than the engineering degree she was leaning towards. Thanks to their excellent advice, she has spent the last 6 years helping young people learn teamwork, communication and self confidence all around the world.

Now shes decided to settle in little Saint Arnaud for a while, to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings of the lake and mountains and share them with some pretty great students.

Most used piece of equipment:

Her shoes. Ellie’s always walking back and fro forgetting things.

Best part about working at RLOEC:

The selection in activities. Not one day is like the last. One day you are taking a group mountain biking, the next you might be tramping to the end of the lake and then flying high in our high ropes course. Its quite exciting.