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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!

Our Christchurch team are back in action

Our Christchurch team are back in action

The Christchurch team are back in action, running outdoor adventure programmes (with all the required health and safety measures in place). I'm writing this from my home office in Auckland,...

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Mountain biking clinics

Mountain biking clinics

MOUNTAIN BIKING CLINICS: Want to gain confidence mountain biking? Want to improve your technique? Keen to improve on Grade 3 and 4 trails? ⠀⠀Instructor April is running a Christchurch-based clinic:...

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Wishing you a happy weekend

Wishing you a happy weekend

Wishing everyone a happy weekend with some gorgeous weather, maybe your favourite outdoor activity, a bit of fresh air and sunshine, and spending quality time with the people who you love and who...

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Introducing: Instructor Anna!

Introducing: Instructor Anna!

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: ⠀ Introducing Anna, one of our Auckland outdoor adventure instructors. ⠀⠀I would describe Anna as friendly, energetic, warm, always laughing with someone, always up for an...

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Adventure therapy in Christchurch

Adventure therapy in Christchurch

Adventure Therapy in Christchurch: our adult "Inspire" programme successfully completed for Term 3. The group went mountain biking, kayaking and hiking around the beautiful Canterbury landscape.

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Duke’s Nose abseiling

Duke’s Nose abseiling

Where in Aotearoa New Zealand would you like to travel to? One of our (pre-lockdown) programmes travels up to Duke’s Nose (Kaiaraara Rocks) in Whangaroa Harbour, Northland. Isn't it a stunning...

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The hardest step to take …

The hardest step to take …

"The hardest step to take is the first one out the door" - Ron Clarke Anyone else struggling to feel motivated to keep active during lockdown? I am trying to remind myself that I always feel better...

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Hauora: Maori word of the month

Hauora: Maori word of the month

Māori word of the month: Hauora. Health, vigour. Be fit, well, healthy, vigorous, in good spirits. Definitely something we value highly at Adventure Specialties Trust! ⠀

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How do you teach Teamwork?

How do you teach Teamwork?

How do we teach young people about teamwork? ⠀ Our instructors use activities and group discussions to teach different skills, like trust, perseverance, integrity, taking risks, teamwork ... ⠀⠀When...

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A Gentle Adventure for Peace and Rest

A Gentle Adventure for Peace and Rest

Lockdown is experienced differently for each of us, but most of us have at least some moments where we are worrying about finances or people who are unwell, juggling work and children, feeling...

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Lockdown update from Tim, our CEO

Lockdown update from Tim, our CEO

LOCKDOWN UPDATE FROM TIM WILLS, CEO Tēnā koe, I hope and pray that all is well, whether you are in a 4 or 2 alert level. I am currently sitting in my Auckland home office doing my bit, and as such I...

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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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