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Check out photos, videos and heart-warming stories from our outdoor adventure programmes. Plus read articles published by our staff, motivational quotes, Maori word of the month, and more!

Lockdown update from Tim, our CEO

Lockdown update from Tim, our CEO

Another lockdown update from Tim, our CEO: "Our Christchurch branch is back operating, which is great! Although there is a lot of juggling with cancellations and postponements and rescheduling....

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Flashback to the past!

Flashback to the past!

Flashback to Adventure Specialties from a little while ago ... Glenda (co-founder of Adventure Specialties with her husband, Lyndsay) gives the captions to these photos: "Photo 1 looks like a...

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Five Fun Facts about Jeff

Five Fun Facts about Jeff

I really like trees. I love the satisfaction that comes from growing trees.  We have a small revegetation project on our property which we have put about 3000 natives into so far and am...

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Best part? Worst part?

Best part? Worst part?

What has your experience of Lockdown 2.0 been? What has been the best part and the worst part for you and your bubble? Here are some replies from the Adventure Specialties Trust crew: Tim, our CEO,...

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Māori word of the month: Awa

Māori word of the month: Awa

Do you have any Māori words that mean something special to you or that you think sound beautiful? Some of the staff at Adventure Specialties Trust have quite a lot of Māori vocabulary already, but I...

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Good looking guest speakers!

Good looking guest speakers!

Anneke and Dave at the Involve youth workers conference in Wellington, August 2021. Check out these good looking guest speakers! Anneke and Dave are part of our amazing Adventure Therapy team at...

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COVID-19 lockdown message from our CEO

COVID-19 lockdown message from our CEO

A message from Tim, our CEO: "I just want to touch base with our supporters: I hope and pray that you are all well during our current lockdown situation. I also wanted to let you know that Adventure...

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What is coasteering?

What is coasteering?

What is coasteering? When I first started working at Adventure Specialties, I had no idea what it was! I wasn't even sure what the instructors were saying at first. Co-steering? Whaaaaa?!? Anyway,...

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COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown announcement

COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown announcement

18 August 2021: Nationwide Level 4 Lockdown announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Adern last night. All Auckland and Christchurch programmes are postponed during Levels 3 and 4. We anticipate being...

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Video: 10 students on a 10 day adventure

Video: 10 students on a 10 day adventure

https://youtu.be/W_eQLmFkx10 What happens when we take 10 students on a 10-day "Project K" journey through Karangahake Gorge, in the Waikato region of New Zealand? There's fun and laughter, there's...

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The power of healthy relationships

The power of healthy relationships

What creates positive change in people's lives? Research shows that healthy relationships with others is one of the biggest protective factors against negative life outcomes. The skills that are...

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Why is Laura going to cycle 3000Km?!?

Why is Laura going to cycle 3000Km?!?

Laura, one of our Auckland instructors, has a huge heart and a passion for helping women and girls gain confidence and skills through outdoor adventure. She is creating a pilot programme for girls...

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Winter newsletter

Winter newsletter

Word from the CEO. Stories from our outdoor adventure programmes. What is Adventure Therapy? Our new Christchurch HQ. And more!

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Stunning views from Mt Ruapehu

Stunning views from Mt Ruapehu

One of the many stunning locations we travel to is the Central North Island. These photos are from a 4-day expedition with Kings College students, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh journeys. They...

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Have you ever experienced a Thin Space?

Have you ever experienced a Thin Space?

Have you ever experienced a 'thin space'? Those places where Heaven and Earth feel like they are only a few feet apart. Places where we are jolted out of our mundane life and swept up in a wave of...

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Thank you to our supporters!

Thank you to our supporters!

We are a not-for-profit charity, and one of the reasons that we have been able to operate and grow over the last 37 years is because of the generous donations and financial support from different...

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Stories from our adult INSPIRE programme

Stories from our adult INSPIRE programme

“I see people having difficulties in life, in this difficult time. My hope picked up, during in this programme. I made friends, I helped others and was helped in return. I felt encouraged on the...

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Māori Word of the Month: mātātoa

Māori Word of the Month: mātātoa

Do you know anyone who is mātātoa? We are sharing a Māori word each month to honour the Maori heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. Our word this month celebrates people who are adventurous, fearless,...

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Our instructors are crazy …

Our instructors are crazy …

They're crazy ... ABOUT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE!!! How's that for a cheesy joke?!? But, seriously, these guys are so passionate about what they do. Not just the outdoor adventure activities, but the...

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Who is in your support crew?

Who is in your support crew?

Do you have a support crew who encourage you up the hills in your life? During our outdoor adventure programmes, we use hills that we climb as a metaphor, to talk with the participants about the...

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Best Wishes to Amy

Best Wishes to Amy

BEST WISHES to our amazing Adventure Therapy manager, Amy, who is heading off on a new adventure. Read the messages from our staff to her.

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