Hunter McLeod was started as a platform to service large scale property development in Queenstown. Once word got around, others liked what they saw and wanted to be a part of the action. Today we service an awesome customer base with an extremely strong team. We're proud to bring you more support, so you too can leverage off your accounting systems. We deliver everything from setup, implementation and support. We've got you covered.

It’s important to find fulfilment in your passion so as well as being fluent in all things tech, we each specialise in the area we’re most passionate about. Check out our stories below.

Rae's Story

Rae is Managing Director of Hunter McLeod. While she is born and bred in the South Island, she completed her Bachelor in Business and Accountancy in Melbourne. Rae also spent time working in Australia before moving back to New Zealand where she was appointed partner at a Queenstown firm.

Rae started Hunter McLeod in 2003 to make sure her clients and their businesses had the best chance of success. “I believed there was a need to provide something more than just compliance accounting alone.“

“You can have your Tax, your GST, your Payroll, your IT and you don’t have to go to other places, you don’t have to have a bookkeeper.”

Rae’s areas of expertise and special interests are:

  • Business management
  • Business start ups
  • Business mentoring
  • Systems and processes
  • Property and investments
  • Tax

Outside of work Rae loves travelling, reading, being active and fashion.

Contact Rae at: rhunter@huntermcleod.nz

Caleb's Story


Caleb is our Senior Tax Chartered Accountant and has been with us since 2015. He grew up on a seed/grain farm in Winton which he is still involved with.  He completed his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting at Otago University and did his Chartered Accountant studies in Christchurch. Caleb worked in Invercargill and Christchurch dealing with a wide range of clients before making the move to us here in Queenstown.

Caleb’s areas of expertise are:

  • Ownership and Structural advice
  • Cash flows and Forecasting
  • New Business Setup
  • Tailored Tax Advice
  • Property Transactions
  • Management Reporting

When not in the office Caleb enjoys making the most of the Queenstown backyard and going fishing, skiing and wakeboarding.


Contact Caleb at: cwilson@huntermcleod.nz

Sapphira's Story

Sapphira is our Chartered Accountant Manager and has been with us since 2014. Born and raised in Oamaru she is a true Southern girl. After completing her Bachelor in Commerce, double majoring in Accounting and Business Law, she worked in Australia and New Zealand before deciding to settle in Queenstown. Sapphira’s areas of expertise are:

  • Completing your tax returns
  • Making sure you're claiming everything you should be
  • Creating business strategies to make you a more competitive business
  • Making sure your financials are filed on time
  • Planning for the future

Outside of work hours Sapphira enjoys being mum to her daughter Amelia as well as taking advantage of the outdoor activities the regions has to offer, walking tracks in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.


Contact Sapphira at: syardley@huntermcleod.nz

Sarah's Story

Sarah is our Practice Manager and has been working with us since 2014. After moving from Auckland to Queenstown to complete her studies, she began as our Receptionist and Personal Assistant and took on the Practice Manager role in 2016. She looks after all thing’s admin related for Hunter McLeod and the smooth running of the day to day office.

Outside of work hours Sarah enjoys being active and the extensive wine offerings Central Otago has on offer.


Contact Sarah at: smurray@huntermcleod.nz

Steve's Story

Steve is an intermediate accountant. He is originally from the United States, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Steve went on to gain valuable experience in the Finance sector, before deciding to move to Queenstown in 2017. Since then he has worked in the accounting field helping small clients, before coming to join our team.

Steve’s areas of expertise are:

  • • Completing your GST, Income Tax, and Annual Accounts
  • • Xero set ups and Xero assistance
  • • Point Of Sale systems for retail/hospitality businesses
  • • IT systems

Outside of work Steve enjoys being on the walking trails, catching up with friends, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Contact Steve at: smcallister@huntermcleod.nz

James's Story

James grew up in Dunedin and spent many of his holidays and spare time here in Queenstown. He started with us in 2019 while studying Accounting and minoring in Economics and Politics at University of Otago.

James speciailises in:

  • Xero add ons
  • IT
  • GST

Outside of work James enjoys the great outdoors such as skiing, mountain biking, running and golf.

Contact James at: jlister@huntermcleod.nz