At the Camp, fun is simple. It's nostalgic and wholesome.
This is what holidays used to be. This is what holidays should be.
We hope you'll gather with us.

The Team

We are excited to introduce The Camp crew to you all.  We are excited to have Tom Gerlach lead our team as General Manager.  We are all proud of The Camp and look forward to welcoming you when you come and stay.  Our staff are here to make sure you have a great holiday so please ask them if you need any help at all whether it be booking day trips, information on tracks, fishing, weather or how to smoke a fish.

Full timers

Richard & Sarah


Richard & Sarah


Richard and Sarah bought the Camp in 2009 and have been enhancing the quintessential Kiwi camping experience here ever since. As third generation farmers, the Burdons have owned nearby Glen Dene Station for many years. The Burdons have been farmers, fishermen and hunters all their lives, right back to 1929 when George Burdon bought Mt Burke Station with a goal to making it a high-country farm.


Sarah and Richard’s philosophy is around sharing the land with others, connecting people to share stories and create memories that last a lifetime. Sarah’s background in eco tourism and the family’s approach to regenerative farming, and now tourism, means the environment, our community and being economically sustainable as a business are at the core of their businesses. Sarah and Richard hang out at The Camp a lot, so you will always see them greeting guests, mucking in or at the food truck, so come and say hi if you see them.


Tom Gerlach


Tom Gerlach


Tom Gerlach joined The Camp team in June 2021. Watch this space to hear more about Tom…

Elen Candido

Reservations Manager

Elen Candido

Reservations Manager

Elen has been a member of The Camp team for a number of years now and is our reservations guru.  Originally from Brazil, Elen made the big move this year to Lake Hawea.  She has worked in hospitality and hotels around the world in reservations management and we are priviliged to have her at The Camp with us.

Employment Opportunities

Join The Camp Crew.  We are currently looking for people for:

  • Summer Jobs – Housekeeping, Hospitality, Grounds/Maintenance
  • Contact Tom on 027 2260 409 or email manager@thecamp.co.nz 
  • Please also let us know if you have expertise in other fields eg social media, digital marketing, landscaping, sustainability, photography, tourism etc.

Grounds and facilities manager wanted

The Camp and Cross Hill Lodge & Domes in beautiful Lake Hawea are looking for a Grounds and Facilities manager.  We are a progressive outdoor accommodation business that specialises in unique accommodation and delivering an outstanding guest experience, which is the centre piece of everything we do.

Only 15km outside of Wanaka, the property is set amongst 20 hectares of the most beautiful lakeside land you could imagine. The successful candidate would not only manage the 20ha grounds of the park which include powered and non-powered sites, cabins, cottages, a tiny house, 3 glamping villages, Cross Hill Lodge & Domes and 2 holiday houses but would also manage the grounds of a high-country homestead.

Enough about us – this is about you

Our ideal candidate is passionate about hospitality, loves people, is motivated, brings a positive attitude and is level-headed. They can work across multiple property types and thrive under pressure.

You will be responsible for;

  • Ensuring the grounds and facilities contribute to an outstanding guest experience
  • Ensuring that the proactive maintenance schedules reduce costs
  • Delivering a leading Health and Safety programme that minimises incidents and risk
  • Leading sustainable landscaping projects
  • Delivering an environmentally sustainable waste management plan
  • Leading a seasonal grounds team.
  • Loving your job and workplace.

You have;

  • The ability to work autonomously and be self-motivated.
  • Great time management and planning skills
  • The ability to manage multiple sites
  • Excellent communication skills and a strong guest experience focus
  • Experience in grounds and facilities maintenance
  • Experience in landscaping irrigation and horticulture
  • A genuine team culture mindset
  • The ability to work weekends
  • Have reasonable computer skills including Microsoft Office suite.

Staff Benefits:

  • Most beautiful workplace ever
  • Multiple sites to manage
  • A competitive salary package
  • Did we say the most beautiful workplace ever

If you’re interested, please check out our websites;

Home – Cross Hill

Lake Hawea Camping Ground and Holiday Accommodation | The Camp

Please send through your resume and cover letter through to manager@thecamp.co.nz

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