Callum Harland wearing a New Zealand made Swazi jacket with Whakapapaiti Stream in the background

Callum Harland

Owner Manager

Callum Harland was born and raised in the Ruapehu region. His family have lived and worked in the area for more than a century.

Growing up he dreamed of wearing a silver fern on his chest, on either a black rugby jersey or a singlet. His best early memories include running, playing rugby and hunting with his Father. 

He went on to represent New Zealand at five World Mountain Running Championships. While wearing the black singlet winning a Team Silver medal, and a Bronze. He's also a former New Zealand mountain running champion.

He worked in possum control throughout the King Country for 10 years. He purchased Discovery Lodge in 2002 with his youngest brother, and his parents. 

Callum loves New Zealand native podocarp bush. He also loves spending time at higher altitudes in tussock country around Tongariro.

As well as running Discovery, he is a commercial helicopter pilot. 

He’s passionate about helping people enjoy quality time in the outdoors. 

"There're no words to describe how special these mountains are. The power and beauty of this place is awe inspiring."