Darryl Wilson - CEO, Marketing Manager
Eldest son of company founders, John and Lynette Wilson, Darryl is a 7th generation local of the Nelson region. From holidays at the family "bach" at Torrent Bay, Darryl moved into guiding and helped his father build the family's lodges on the Abel Tasman coast. A marine engineering apprenticeship took him away from home for a while, but he soon came back to the family business. Read the story here: "Messing About in Boats" and "Meet the family who live in Abel Tasman National Park"
Dianna McKay - Office Manager
A Golden Bay local, Dianna finished High School in Nelson, then went on to study Hospitality and Tourism at NMIT. When opportunities in the hospitality industry dried up in 1993, she started working for The Warehouse. After 24 years of managing Warehouse stores in Queenstown, Greymouth and Motueka, in 2017 she decided on a change of scene, and chose our office to benefit from her management skills.
Sandra Williamson - Sales Manager, Marketing Co-ordinator
Growing up in Hanmer Springs, Sandra studied Tourism Marketing & Management at Lincoln University. With experience in hospitality and farming, she set up the Golden Bay Information Centre for Nelson Tasman Tourism. With a passion for travel, she went to live in Switzerland, Germany & Holland before returning home to take up the position as manager of the Motueka i-SITE before we lured her away in 2004.
Lucy Wilson - Media Co-ordinator
Born in England and brought up in Australia, Lucy upgraded from nomad to a member of the Wilson family who have lived in the same region for 8 generations. Before settling down, she worked as a marine biologist and scientific editor in Australia, taught skiing in Queenstown, France and Canada, spent 6 years as Press Officer for the Queenstown ski areas, and 15 seasons as a Track Guide on the Hollyford, Milford and Abel Tasman tracks (not all at the same time).
Wendy King - Local Agent Liaison
Wendy worked for us as a Guide and Boat Crew, back in the days before John Wilson retired as our ship's captain. After many years of travelling in New Zealand and overseas, she settled for a time in Taupo. Keen to share the outdoor opportunities offered by her home territory, she returned to Nelson with her young son in 2010. She helps keep the region informed about our range of services in the National Park.