Resort GM takes on Hermitage job

01:42, Apr 02 2014
Leigh Stock
Edgewater Resort general manager Leigh Stock is resigning after a decade in the job.

After a decade in the job, Edgewater Resort general manager Leigh Stock is leaving to climb higher peaks.

Stock, who announced his resignation from the position last week, has taken a role as the general manager at the Hermitage at Aoraki Mount Cook.

In his time at Edgewater, Stock was involved in marketing and represented the hotel internationally in Japan, Australia, United States and the United Kingdom.

He said since he started the job Wanaka had become a well-known and marketable tourist destination.

When he first started, Wanaka's potential had not been realised and it was hard to market as a tourist destination because there were few established tourism operators.

Many were run as side projects and were only open on the odd day, he said.


"The good part is we now have a definite tourism operators."

Stock said he would miss being part of the Wanaka business and tourism communities and representing the several boards he was a part of. He was the deputy chairman of Lake Wanaka Tourism, a member of the Wanaka Chamber of Commerce, where he was president for five years, and the Southern Lakes Tourism Board.

However, he was looking forward to embarking on a new challenge in Mount Cook and working and improving the internationally renowned hotel.

His family would remain in Wanaka and he would still be a resident, he said.


The Southland Times