Meet Our Team

Sonya Archibald

General Manager

Sonya commenced with Staysouth in 2008, oversees all facets of the company and is extremely well connected in the local marketplace. Originally from South Africa Sonya has lived in Queenstown for 25+ years and has an extensive background in tourism.

Melanie Hotop

Assistant General Manager

Mel is very hands-on and oversees all aspects of daily operations including stepping in to helm the ship when Sonya is on one of her many coastal expeditions - Mel is also known as the company energiser bunny. Queenstown born and bred Mel has worked in the tourism industry since her teen years.

Andy Salek


Andy's primary roles within the company are Marketing and Business Development. Andy has been a Queenstown local for 30 years and is a committed outdoor enthusiast - works as a senior heli-ski guide in the winter for Harris Mountains Heliski, and has a background in tourism marketing and film production.

Gladys Henderson

Accounting Manager

Gladys manages our accounts department and compiles the ever important monthly owners return statements. She has a Master’s in Business and is a Queenstown local of 25+ years with a background in banking, film and television, and tourism. Her hobbies include long walks on the beach, drinking Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

Marianne Whorskey


Marianne's focus is reservations and guest services, but she is a word-smith at heart. Marianne has worked in the accommodation and tourism sector for as long as she can remember and has lived in Queenstown for circa 30 years.

Jan Bohse

Systems & Support

Jan provides systems support to the team at Staysouth with his main focus on reservations backend, systems development and implementation. Originally from Denmark, Jan brings vast international experience managing, designing and implementing IT systems for large companies and has been living in Queenstown for the past 10 years.

Sue Martin

Housekeeping Team Leader

Sue is the housekeeping team leader and oversees the housekeeping day to day operations and manages the team of cleaners. Sue has a background in housekeeping having worked in several other Queenstown hotels in the same capacity.

Paula Cunquero

Reservations, Guests Services and Administration

Paula is the newest member of the Staysouth Team. Born in Argentina Paula has lived and worked in Queenstown for close to a decade, working in various roles however mostly in short term visitor accommodation. Paula joins Staysouth to work across a variety of departments with a primary focus on reservations and guest services. Additionally she will assist the Operations Manager to document all property inspections and associated detail. To round out her diverse array of skills Paula will assist with the accounts administration and reporting. We welcome Paula to the Staysouth team and look forward to practising our Spanish with her.

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