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Meet the DGLT team

Destination Great Lake Taupo is responsible for marketing the Taupo District to domestic and international markets with the aim of increasing visitor numbers, lengths of stay, activity involvement and ensuring positive experiences to those visitors so that they share these with their families and friends.

Jane Wilson, General Manager

What should people talk to you about? Anything and everything.

What do you love about Taupo? I love swimming in the morning around the beautiful crystal clear waters of Mine Bay.

Check out Jane's LinkedIn profile.

Contact Jane on jane@lovetaupo.com.

Lynne Banford, Destination Manager

What should people talk to you about? How we will manage tourism in the Taupo District to ensure its future success. I can help by providing research and statistics (the evidence base) that sit behind this region’s future direction and strategies.

What do you love about Taupo? I grew up in Turangi and no matter where I've travelled in this world, when I look across the lake to those mountains, I am connected, and I know I am home! I love the scenery, the walking trails, the hot pools and all the amazing stories that connect them.

Check out Lynne's LinkedIn profile.

Contact Lynne on lynne@lovetaupo.com.

Amanda West, Industry Liaison, Partnerships & Trade Manager

What should people talk to you about? Anything and everything, I am the link between the tourism industry and Destination Great Lake Taupo, connecting and sharing opportunities for our local operators and accommodators.

What do you love about Taupo? I love everything about our district. I could spend all day every day running the Huka Falls track, running up Mt Tauhara and running around our stunning mountains if I could. Over the summer months I spend a lot of my time cycling the lakefront and swimming or paddle boarding in the lake. I love my backyard!

Contact Amanda on amanda@lovetaupo.com.

Louise Toulmin, Business Events Executive

What should people talk to you about? Anything and everything business events related.

What do you love about Taupo? I love Taupo for its beautiful walking trails that follow closely to the lake. It's all so accessible and very family friendly.

Check out Louise's LinkedIn profile.

Contact Louise on louise@lovetaupo.com.

Valerie Wilton, Head of Digital - Destination Great Lake Taupo

Valerie Wilton, Head of Digital

What should people talk to you about? I'm inherently curious which means I'm always up for a chat – especially about digital! I love understanding target audiences and using these insights to understand what they care about and how to connect with them.

What do you love about Taupo? What don't I love? Apart from the people and the sense of community, every day I feel like I'm living in a postcard – from taking in the mountain and lakes, to exploring our walking trails – it never gets old. I also adore the geothermal areas – especially the hot pools that come from them.

Check out Valerie's LinkedIn profile.

Contact Valerie on valerie@lovetaupo.com.

Alex Leal, Digital Executive

What should people talk to you about? Your online presence on lovetaupo.com and our social media channels.

What do you love about Taupo? I love exploring our beautiful region with my dog, Coya. We both love the mountain biking, the pumice-rich soil makes for amazing all year around riding. 

Check out Alex's LinkedIn profile.

Contact Alex on alex@lovetaupo.com.

Abby Cox, Digital Marketing & Content Coordinator

What should people talk to you about? Exciting content to share Taupo's story and the amazing people in it.

What do you love about Taupo? Living in Taupo, I feel so connected to the outdoors, from the lake to Tongariro National Park to Huka Falls. I love living in such beautiful place with endless trails and hikes for me to explore.

Check out Abby's LinkedIn profile.

Contact Abby on abby@lovetaupo.com.

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