Pakari Adventure was born out of a desire to offer something exciting and new in the adventure training space.
We recognised an issue in the resilience and wellbeing of people in these difficult times and have set about providing a solution. Pakari is staffed by a team of highly experienced people combined with fantastic facilities that together offer a unique and powerful life changing experience.
Jack KellyFor over 20 years Jack has owned and operated multiple outdoor adventure companies in the Abel Tasman National Park. The last 15 of these years have involved a commitment to personal growth and leadership training facilitation of self and others. He leads programs both in New Zealand and through the high and lowlands of Nepal. The acquisition of Abel Tasman Kayaks in 2012 was born out of a desire to create change, to give back to the national park and have visitors leave with a greater sense of responsibility than when they arrived. The Pakari Adventure program is the realisation of this vision.
Michael DicksonMichael began working in the outdoor education field in 2003. Working in community mental health he studied a Bachelor of outdoor education and completed secondary teacher training at Canterbury University. This led him to working with challenging adolescents running programmes designed to meet high needs using multiple means. He is a co-owner of Equine Inspired therapeutic horse interventions, gardener, and father of three.
“Working with the team at Pakari is nothing short of inspirational. The programmes they provide and the way it is facilitated is impressive and the effectiveness is evident. The participants we take into the challenging canyon environment are armed with newly gained skills giving them confidence and control. A step too far out of the comfort zone can be a bad experience, but the team at Pakari turns these moments into positive, valuable learning experiences. It is an honour to work alongside the professional and inspirational instructors.”
“Pakari groups have come stayed with us at Adventure Inn Marahau, we are predominately normally a backpackers hostel but in these trying times we have changed our focus to small group tours and family’s, and in the recent 12months we have seen a diverse range in groups come through. But none stick out more than the Pakari Group. They have been absolutely excellent in the way they conduct themselves, they work together in a kind and respectful way that can only be attributed to the way the group is lead with a focus on team building and helping one another. Their leadership team is very well organized with a genuine desire to inspire their groups.”