Patrick Gao - First National


Patrick Gao
Patrick grew up in a small Chinese city with the population of 4.7 million. He went to university in Cyprus - yes, the sunny Mediterranean island - and completed his Bachelor degree in Hotel and Tourism Management with cum laude honor. Patrick started his career with InterContinental Hotels Groups, one of the biggest hotel chains in the world. His roles ranged from Butler, Management Trainee and Front Office Duty Manager. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics he was in charge of looking after the United States basketball teams, including some of the NBA players. Patrick first found out about New Zealand in a travel magazine and the photos of this beautiful country caught his eye. In 2009, Patrick decided to leave home and he arrived in NZ with just a backpack. His passion for photography took him from top north to deep South in Aotearoa. Patrick’s hospitality knowledge and skills helped him establish in NZ. He worked with Rydges Group in Auckland for a couple of years and was in Rotorua between 2013 and 2019 managing award winning boutique hotels. As a home owner in Rotorua, Patrick always has a finger on the pulse of the local property market. His attention to detail and dedication to providing the 5-star service to both sellers and buyers mean that you will enjoy a smooth and memorable real estate experience.