Elaine Patton

NZ account Manager

I was born and raised in South Africa and I have always been interested in people, places and languages.  After graduating from high school, I spend time exploring Europe and studying German by working as a nanny in Switzerland. It was then that I decided travel would be the career for me.  I now live in Auckland, New Zealand, and have been in the travel industry for over 25 years – 12 of which were at American Airlines and Air New Zealand.  Like many in our industry in recent years, I took a 2-year hiatus and moved into event planning.  This experience led me to a contract role with Brand USA as the event planner for the Brand USA New Zealand expo 2023.  I look forward to combining the experience from both these industries in my role at Linkd Tourism, on the New Zealand side of the business. 


And I can still speak a bit of German – alles is gut! 


  • Diploma in Travel and Tourism 
  • Diploma in Adult Teaching 

Countries Visited

South Africa, Mozambique, Seychelles, Switzerland, Portugal, France, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Turkey, Greece, USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Norfolk Island and Australia 

Last Trip Destination

Gold Coast, Australia

Next Trip Destination

Sydney, Australia

Money No Object Purchase

My Own Airline

Most Defining Phrase

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” – Nelson Mandela

Any 10 For Dinner

Nelson Mandela, Princess Dianna, Richard Branson, Prince, Jaime Oliver (to cook dinner) and the cast from Seinfeld. 


Email: elaine@linkdtourism.com Tel: +64 272430507

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