Living your best life purposefully and connectedly sounds good doesn’t it?
And how do you do this? By exploring new ideas, seeing opportunities and sharpening our skills. By being curious and seeking out new experiences, cultivating curiosity, strengthening relationships and feeling close to and valued by other. All these things give a sense of purpose and self-worth from which you are able to give to others from your overflow.
Pakari Adventures Ora programme is a 4-day journey through the Abel Tasman National Park where you travel via kayak, canyon, and coastal trails. Throughout the trip, you are introduced to techniques that enable you to unwind and enjoy every moment of the experience. This is the purpose of Ora. Learn via lived experience to relax and just be, so when finished you can carry this forward into your everyday life.
Come away empowered with a toolkit of techniques to take charge of your life, accessing these states wherever and whenever you choose. Wellbeing is the key to overflow, a state in which you are the giver. Achieve this by connecting, by understanding what inspires you drives you, by growing through the grind.
- Understand how to be at rest.
- Tools to leave work stress at work.
- Greater self-awareness.
- More intentional.
- Understand your ‘triggers’.
- Happier and healthier.
- Carry no stress around with you.
- Practical framework and tools to direct your own life.
- Mindful of internal and external stressors.
- Greater ability to understand emotions state
3 - 5 Days
Day 1Focus: Alignment
Meet and greet group, includes briefing of the weeks activities. Platform laying for the culture needed to succeed. Introduction to the Seven Strands tool kit that underpins the entire Pakari journey and a preview of its application and how it is interwoven through all aspects of the experience.
Day 2Focus: Intention / Mindfulness
Starting at our Abel Tasman Kayaks base in Marahau we cover safety training and familiarisation with our expedition kayaks, our primary mode of movement for the week. We then start our day one journey through to Anchorage Beach.
Evening activities and dinner around the campfire.
Day 3Focus: Gratitude
Venture up into the interior of the park with Abel Tasman Canyons. This is a day of awe and wonder, of moving outside our comfort zone, and of re-discovering the pure joy of fun and play. Back to Anchorage for our second night for evening activities and dinner around the campfire.
Day 4Focus: Reflection
This is a day of movement, by kayak, on foot and in our own personal journey. We head toward the more secluded northern section of the park, taking in the utter magic of the famous Abel Tasman coastline. This is a transition point where we start to look forward, and putting our learnings toward the future. Evening activities and dinner around the campfire.
Day 5Focus: Transference
The final quest. We launch our kayaks into the sunrise and head north on our final kayak journey through to Totaranui. The boat ride back along the coastline gives time to retrace our movements of the week, and reflect on quietly on our personal learnings before we arrive back at our Marahau accommodation for our celebration dinner. We debrief together before our final session where we take our learnings, transferring them into an active plan to use in our daily lives. This is where the real fun starts.
Need more info
For a more detailed outline of the course program please contact us
Can I buy food and drink in the Abel Tasman National Park?
If your trip requires you to bring your own food we recommend purchasing this before you get to Marahau. We do sell a few small snack items and drinks. There is a small store in Marahau but the nearest supermarket is in Motueka. Check your confirmation or trip description to see the food requirements for the tour you have selected. Food suggestions can also be found here.
Where can we get drinking water?
Filtered drinking water is available at : our base, Anchorage, Bark Bay, Awaroa, Totaranaui and Whariwharangi. All campsites have water; however, this water must be boiled or treated. Water in the camp sites is piped from streams and is unsafe for consumption. Use only safe water (e.g. boiled, treated, filtered) for drinking, brushing teeth etc. In this regard Giardia is the main concern.
Are there toilets in the park?
Yes, these are regularly cleaned and restocked with paper by park staff.
What do I do with my rubbish?
You must pack out all your rubbish. There are no rubbish disposal facilities in the park.
Can I light a campfire in the park?
There is a fire ban in the park, other than at designated sites. At certain times of the year a total fire ban may apply.
What is the weather like?
Normally the weather in the Abel Tasman National Park is warm and sunny. The average summer temperature is 24 C (75 F), minimum temperature 13C (55F) and water temperature 18C (65F). During the cooler winter months the average daily maximum is 12C (54F), minimum temperature is 4C (39F), and the water is 14C (58F). Winds can occur during any time of the year, and can affect kayaking itineraries and timing. Autumn and early winter are generally calmer.
Current weather and forward forecasts can be viewed:
Are there any poisonous insects?
Sandflies are one of the nasties in the park. It is a small native insect which has an irritating bite. The use of insect repellent will ensure these insects do not annoy or bug you! Mosquitoes can also be a nuisance. Mosquitoes do not carry malaria in NZ. During the summer months, wasps and bees can be a problem, and are attracted to food, and may bite/sting if disturbed. If you are allergic, take medication with you (antihistamines). Please inform DoC staff of any wasp nests close to the track or camp sites.
Further information on the Abel Tasman National Park can be found at the following sites:
Do you hire camping gear?
Yes, from gas bottles to a full set of gear. It can be booked online at time of booking or over the phone. a full list can be found here. These items are subject to availability.
“The pakari experience was one of the best weeks of my life. I have come closer to people in the last 5 days than I have over the last two years. I often found myself on the beach alone, looking at the views and just breathing.”
Issac June 21