Tony - Owner
Tony Wilson grew up in Wellington before the Wilson family moved to the San Francisco Bay so Tony, his two sisters and brother, could attend graduate school at University of California at Berkeley. Tony received his law degree from Boalt Law School at Berkeley and practiced law for a few years. While practicing law he and his older brother, Michael, were engaged in designing and renovating Bay Area property. In 1982, the three brothers and sister Sara, formed Wilson Associates to design, build and operate small, high quality real estate properties.
Tony has also a passion for food. This passion has led him to work with his sister, Sara, in the creation of various food interests. Though varied in style, each of these little businesses focus on creating tasty food using fresh, wholesome, seasonal ingredients.
Chris & Fiona - General Manager & Executive Chef
Chris Sturgeon & Fiona Read, both born in the depths of the South Island, came to Kaikoura after 17 years in Wellington to build their business for the same reasons the Wilson family came to Kaikoura to build Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses. Kaikoura's unique eco system and topography makes it an ideal spot to develop an eco-lodge with a unique cuisine and food experience. Chris Sturgeon took on the role as General Manager in early 2012 and along with his wife, Executive Chef and 2011 MasterChef Finalist Fiona Read. Together they manage the day to day running and continued development of the lodge including a cooking school on a nearby site launched in 2014.
Monique - Head Gardener
Monique is the Lodge’s Head Gardener and grounds keeper. She has been with us for over 2 years. She took over from Ron Daley who had over the past 15 years held the same positions and who is the one responsible and can take credit for the establishment of our gardens and all our plantings. Ron now holds the title of Head Gardener Emeritus and is still involved with the Lodge. Monique also looks after the vegetable gardens, greenhouse, and olive grove. When not gardening Monique’s favorite thing to do is ride her horses both on trails and in shows.
Fernando - Senior Chef
Fernando is Senior Chef at Hapuku. He is from Brazil and has been with us for 4 years. He found his way to Kaikoura for the surfing, but now he stays because of the Lodge. He has become a Bra-Kiwi and takes pleasure in the irony of a Brazilian providing to our guests a true Kiwi experience. Fernando still loves to surf, no matter the season and temperature, and also to dive for Paua and crayfish. He highly recommends to our guests that they try swimming with the dolphins.
Mike - Lodge Host
Mike is the Lodge Host at Hapuku, and will help you with most any need at Hapuku, as well as provide descriptions, and stories, and tips and suggestions about the many ways to have a wonderful time as our guest.