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Annual Review 2021 now available

Annual Review 2021 now available

Our Annual Review 2021 is available for viewing! What is in this year's Review? Check out photos of our adventures. Browse graphics showing the number of programmes we completed, the number of...

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Feedback from participants

Feedback from participants

“I am feeling so much better than I was before I started this course. A lot less anxious.”
Read feedback from last year’s programme participants …

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The Great Auckland Office Flood

The Great Auckland Office Flood

Last weekend, our Auckland office got flooded! Apparently a pipe in the upstairs toilet sink sprung a leak, and because no-one was there, it completely flooded our 2-storey office, upstairs and...

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Auckland staff retreat

Auckland staff retreat

The Auckland staff retreat this year: kayaking to Kawau Island and around the Hauraki Gulf over 4 days, camping at different campsites along the way. The challenge on Day 2 was to catch your dinner!...

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Christchurch staff retreat

Christchurch staff retreat

The Christchurch staff retreat looked amazing! Hiking and camping in the Southern Alps, swimming in mountain streams, cooking over a fire, sleeping in tents in the shadow of the mountains. Peter,...

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The mystery of human existence

The mystery of human existence

"The mystery of human existence lies not just in staying alive, but in finding something to live for." - Fyodor Dostoyevsky A Life Full of Purpose We don't claim to know the meaning of life, but...

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Farewell Libbee!

Farewell Libbee!

FAREWELL LIBBEE! Our beloved funding administrator (a.k.a. Santa Claus) left at the end of last year. Libbee was a huge part of the reason that Adventure Specialties Trust was able to run so...

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Māori word of the month: hīmata

Māori word of the month: hīmata

The start of the year is a time of new beginnings. We make new year's resolutions. We vow to kick those bad habits. Start again, start anew. It is a time of reflecting and refreshing ourselves. Does...

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Feature Hut: Bob’s Camp Bivouac

Feature Hut: Bob’s Camp Bivouac

FEATURED HUT: Bob's Camp Bivouac. Possibly the cutest little hut that six adults could try to sleep inside! Located in Mount Thomas Forest Conservation Area in the Canterbury region, accessed by a...

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Farewell Laura

Farewell Laura

Farewell to a beloved instructor, Laura. After 3+ years of amazing outdoor adventuring, Laura is moving on to a new adventure, working for a local high school in an outdoor education role. Laura,...

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Tūmanako – Māori word of the month

Tūmanako – Māori word of the month

Quoting Dr Martin Luther King Jr., “Everything worthwhile that is done in the world is done by hope.” As we near the end of a very unusual year, we hope and wish that you have a Christmas full of...

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Christmas message from Tim, our CEO

Christmas message from Tim, our CEO

Christmas Message It is the end of a very strange year. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us this year, whether financially or through your words of encouragement and prayer....

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New Vision: Lives Inspired by Adventure

New Vision: Lives Inspired by Adventure

We have a new Vision statement: LIVES INSPIRED BY ADVENTURE!⠀ Lives inspired by friendship, by community, by overcoming challenges, by learning to deal with conflict. ⠀ Lives inspired by outdoor...

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Featured hike: Omanawanui Track

Featured hike: Omanawanui Track

FEATURED HIKE: The stunning views from the Omanawanui Track, located at the southern-most point of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, overlooking the Manukau Harbour and Whatipu Beach in Auckland....

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The importance of reflection

The importance of reflection

Reflection is an important part of our Adventure Therapy programmes. Connecting with yourself, your thoughts and emotions, and also connecting with the world around you, the land, nature, the earth....

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A quick stop at the beach

A quick stop at the beach

A quick stop at the beach during a mountain bike ride in Christchurch, with Wharenui School on one of our Junior "Inspire" programmes. ⠀⠀Our "Inspire" programmes use outdoor adventure activities to...

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Vacancy: Auckland outdoor instructor

Vacancy: Auckland outdoor instructor

Looking for a job in outdoor adventure? We have lots of programmes booked for 2022 and so we need an outdoor instructor at our Auckland office, starting in January! Check out the job description on...

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