Our People

From our passionate owners, professional staff to our award winning chefs and greens keepers. The personal at The Lodge are committed to making your stay a memorable experience.
Looking after a guest’s every need is one of the most important jobs at our family of lodges, and we are lucky to have just the man for the job. John Lewis needs little introduction to previous guests.  He has been at Kauri Cliffs for over ten years, where he's is a very popular presence indeed. The consummate professional, John’s been charming guests throughout their stays with his absolute passion for what he does, his congenial manner and many talents, including playing the piano at the evening cocktail hour! John has been known to pull rabbits out of his hat to fulfill guest requests, which is one reason why he was singled out by Travel + Leisure Magazine for his outstanding guest service!
The wine cellar at Kauri Cliffs is one of the lodge’s gems, and it is in good hands with sommelier Valeria Weihmuller. A Swiss- Argentinean with a deep love for wine, Valeria has been working in hospitality for over twenty years since completing her studies in hotel management in Switzerland. She’s worked in England, Switzerland, South America and now New Zealand, where she Is been pleasing guests with her passion and knowledge of the wines portfolio the world. Guiding international visitors through the treasure trove of New Zealand wines is where Valeria excels! When Valeria isn’t working, she likes discovering new cultures through travel, music, dance, art and writing.
New Zealand born and bred, Garth has held a range of international hotel postings in senior positions around the world over the past decade. He recently returned to God’s country, to settle in the Bay of Islands where he leads the truly great team of professionals at Kauri Cliffs in his new management position, and he could not be happier. Garth really enjoys the personal contact that he has with guests at Kauri Cliffs and sharing the lodge with so many happy people from around the world.  Attention to detail is the only way to achieve perfection, and Garth seems to have this down to a fine art with his great team at Kauri Cliffs.
Andy is one of Kauri Cliffs’ original employees, starting in 1997 around the time construction first started on the Kauri Cliffs course. He’s been with the growing family of lodges ever since, moving briefly to Hawke’s Bay to oversee the construction of the Cape Kidnappers course in 2002. Few would know the Kauri Cliffs course better than Andy, and he is proud to be at the helm of such a stunning and well-maintained course. Andy is a native New Zealander (from New Plymouth) and is happy as can be living in the Bay of Islands. Aside from golf, he loves to sail, dive and fish, so Andy is in the perfect place!
Pete has been doing what he loves, farming, for over 30 years now. He says he loves the three F’s - family, farming and fishing! Originally from Hawke’s Bay, he’s been on the Kauri Cliffs “farm” for the past six years, where he winters some 4500 sheep and 1500 cattle. Pete’s rather proud of the farm’s production increases, especially with the sheep in a climate where many avoid sheep.  A recent achievement has been working with Chef Dale Gartland on the establishment of the farm’s own Kauri Cliffs-raised beef, which features on the grill menu and regular tasting menus at the lodge.
British-born Barry arrived in New Zealand on his overseas travels and has never looked back. Hired in 2006 by Dale Gartland as a sous-chef at Kauri Cliffs, they’ve been working together ever since with Barry moving into the Executive Chef role in 2008. Barry is a huge fan of the local produce in the Northland region, and is passionate about showcasing “local” wherever possible in his menus at Kauri Cliffs. He’s seen the lodge win countless awards, including the Conde Nast GOLD LIST where Kauri Cliffs was highlighted as one of the Top 10 World’s Best Hotels for Food.
When the boy from Shropshire arrived to spend a summer cooking at Kauri Cliffs in 2003, he only planned to stay in New Zealand for a season. Fresh from a position at Relais + Chateaux’s Gidleigh Park in Devon, Dale knew how to cook, and has been wowing lodge guests ever since. He now celebrates 11+ years with the Robertson family of lodges, moving steadily up the ranks to his top job across all three lodges. Dale has cooked at some fabulous events such as starring in the trio with Heston Blumenthal & Thomas Keller at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in 2011.   He’s much in demand himself as a guest chef and presenter.
Hailing from Ohio in the USA, Jon worked at some top golf resorts in south Florida and Palm Springs California before finding his way to Kauri Cliffs in 2013. Jon loves everything about New Zealand, and in particular being outdoors. He’s in his element, for sure. He revels in the opportunity to share the course with the many enthusiastic golfers from around the world who travel from far and wide to play at Kauri Cliffs. Aside from loving golf, he’s a huge sports fan, with American football being a favourite!

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