The scenic beauty of the South Island is simply jaw-dropping, making it one of the world’s most stunning regions. The features of the Nelson-Marlborough region are tranquil Sounds, golden beaches and of course the amazing Abel Tasman National Park.
Our adventure starts in Christchurch and quickly moves up the East Coast to Kaikoura. This is where the mountains meet the sea. The deep trench in the Pacific Ocean at Kaikoura lends itself to whale watching. Witness these giant creatures, swim with dolphins, seals and penguins, all in their natural habitat and so close to shore. To help develop the team ethos and sense of esprit de corps, the whole group will take on the Clarence River white water rafting experience, which is also in the Kaikoura region.
For the next part of our experience we are based in Abel Tasman National Park. This is the location for the main eco adventure event, designed to educate and stimulate different aspects of the whole person. There is a Maori concept called ‘Hauora’ which speaks of the four corners of health. They all need to be balanced for an individual to function at their optimum level – the different aspects are physical, mental/emotional, spiritual and social. All of these areas are put into practice at different times during the Abel Tasman experience. We explore the natural environment by intertwining hiking and sea kayaking to complete a multi-day camping expedition. The group will undertake physically demanding activities such as days involving approximately 6 hours of paddling as well as hiking on trails through many kilometres of the National Park. Packs and tents will be carried or transported throughout the journey. Our trek includes walks on golden beaches and through native forests, which are host to many forms of wildlife. Swimming is definitely an option if the going gets too hot!
Our final day takes us to the naturally occurring geothermal hot springs at Hanmer, to enjoy a soak after a physically challenging week. We will stay in Hanmer for our final dinner and debrief. The following morning, the group will visit the highly acclaimed International Antarctic Centre before flying home.
A special cultural experience awaits in Kaikoura.
The local marae, which will be home to the group for the very first night, is a spiritually significant place for local Maori who have been in the region for around 800 years. The spectacular hill top location affords excellent views across the Kaikoura peninsula from mountains to sea.
The local Maori tribe ‘Ngati Kuri’ will take the group through the formal welcoming ceremony ‘the Powhiri’ and will tell stories of their ancestors and the history of the people.
Little Brown Kiwi supports the Department of Conservation with a number of projects. The feature project, The Pacific Shoreline Project, sees students work on a project creating and maintaining one of the worlds most spectacular walkways. Their roles include Native Tree Planting projects, Track creation and Seal protection.
Little Brown Kiwi is a keen supporter of Trees 4 Travellers, a non-profit organisation working some magic on the Kaikoura Peninsula. In addition to this, the group will take part in a long standing native tree planting programme which is located on the border of Abel Tasman National Park.