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.

Nicole Zwaans

Marketing Assistant

Nicole works in both reservations and marketing and is responsible for populating and updating our websites, social media, blog posts and other marketing collateral. She moved to Queenstown in 2016, having studied journalism and business and most recently worked as a journalist and PR Assistant in Australia.

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 8 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.

Steve Morris

Operation Coordinator

Steve is the newest member to the Staysouth team, originally hailing from the top of the North Island, he has been living in Queenstown for the past 2 years. Coming from a management and operations background, he has slotted in perfectly to the role of Operations coordinator.

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