Who are we?

Base is an exciting, fresh new approach to budget style accommodation. Base will raise the bar by setting super high standards and new levels of service in backpacker hostels. How you might ask? Simple. By going back to base-ics. By doing the little things better and the big ones, well... HUGE! Every member of our team is a well travelled, experienced backpacker. We live and breathe this industry and we like to think we know what your customers expect - although we are not afraid to say, like you, we learn new things every day. It's not rocket science, just common sense. If we wouldn't stay there, we wouldn't expect our customers to stay. As our travellers change and adapt, we like to think base will be right there amongst it all, leading the charge.

We plan to change the way people feel about budget accommodation. We will adopt high service standards, innovative services and uphold the spirit of young and free independent travellers.

Welcome to the new revolution. Climb aboard, hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

It's backpacking... but not as we know it.

How do we get the best staff?

Many of the Base crew started off just like you - as backpackers. In fact our first CEO returned from a trip overseas to open his first hostel in 1987.

Working in this environment and with the Base crew can be rewarding, fun and, well... different. People working at a hostel get to deal with all levels of customer service and operations - while staff in hostels tends to get pigeon holed into "front office" or "housekeeping" etc.

We find the best recruits are our customers. They know what travellers want, what they love and what they don’t like and most importantly they keep us fresh and on our toes. If you have a travel, hospitality, bar, restaurant, accounting or sales background and you’re interested, then contact us we’d love to hear from you – in fact why don’t you just email us anyway, regardless of what you’ve done.

Meet the Crew

Here at Base we're a Motley crew. Which really means we're non-uniform, a little undisciplined with different personalities, nationalities and mixed backgrounds, we're passionate about what we do and we're a lot of fun. If you think about it, we're kinda like you - love travelling & having fun.

Along your travels, you'll get to meet us, hang out with us, sleep with us and share the fun. Here's a few of the crew that you might meet along your way...

    Rachael Southey
    rachael southey

    Time at Base: Ages
    Nationality: Cook Island/Kiwi
    What do you do: General Manager
    Best Travel Tip: Embrace the fear
    Hostel: Base Rotorua

    Rich Deane

    Time at Base: 5 years & counting...
    Nationality: British but Kiwi azzz bro
    What do you do: General Manager
    Must Experience: Jager Bomb with me
    Hostel: Base Queenstown

    Dana O'Brien

    Time at Base: 5 years
    Nationality: Kiwi
    What do you do: Accounts
    Must Experience: A Hooter Shooter
    Hostel: Base Wellington

    Brendan McKenna

    Time at Base: Lots of years
    Nationality: Aussie - Queenslander
    What do you do: General Manager
    Must Experience: Downunder Bar
    Hostel: Base Brisbane

    Tessa Atutah

    Time at Base: 5 years
    Nationality: Maori Owl
    What do you do: Frontline/Reception
    Must Experience: Tyre tub. Beer. River.
    Hostel: Base Taupo

    Charlotte Jenkins
    charlotte jenkins

    Time at Base: 2 years
    Nationality: British 
    What do you do: Trainee Manager
    Must Experience: Agwa Bombs
    Hostel: Base Airlie Beach Resort