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Meet The Team
Belinda Hargreaves Managing Director
Over the past 10 years Belinda has purchased 4 hostels throughout NZ and has also set up 2 brands - The Backpacker Group and NZ Group Accommodation. The Backpacker Group was created from her idea to encourage backpackers to book direct and support her business and avoid the OTA’s. Then 2 years ago she launched The Backpacker Group nationwide and it was obvious from the great response that a network was certainly needed. There is now 40 hostels including 60+ activities signed up. When Covid19 hit she shifted her focus to Kiwi travellers, offering them the same experience as the tourists and this is how Explore Our Backyard was created. This brand offers more choices of accommodation and activities with greater discounts promoted since no commission is being paid out. Her vision – a website that is community focused for business owners and members.
Hilde Hoogterp Operations & Sales Manager
Hilde is originally from the Netherlands and arrived in NZ in 2011. She has a passion for the outdoors and has explored more corners of New Zealand than most people. Hilde first started working for Belinda in 2016 as a hostel manager. She quickly progressed from a hostel manager to operations manager of all 4 of Belinda’s hostels. Now she is a major star in leading the way with The Backpacker Group and Explore Our Backyard. Last year she and her partner Michel did a huge road trip around New Zealand and during that time signed up all the activities that are currently partners with both brands. Her experience dealing with channel managers, property management systems, general admin front of house make her a strong team member and our current partners have certainly appreciated her professionalism and prompt service.