Pakari’s Resilience Programme is an epic multi-day experience where participants are supported through a unique developmental journey.

It is a deep dive into highly effective resilience techniques that will serve you for life. Our staff and equipment are handpicked to be of the highest quality and participants are supported through comprehensive pre and post adventure learning programmes. Resilience is not just a concept. It is an active state of being, it is multi-faceted, and it is essential.

Resilience can be thought of as a modifiable, learnable process that is encountered through challenge. We believe it to be the ability to encounter resistance and grow through it. Here at Pakari we have separated resilience into seven ‘strands’ that can be explored individually to produce a more cohesive whole.  The Resilience training programme is a personal journey through our ‘Seven Strands’ model, learning about yourself and in doing so embedding highly effective tools and techniques to incorporate into your daily routines.

Your personal state has a direct effect on your personal resilience, and your ability to own the situations you encounter in your life.

Programme outcomes

Sense of Purpose

  • Commitment to Teamwork.
  • Enhanced Resilience.
  • Sense of Optimism.

Sense of Identity

  • Greater understanding of self.
  • Ability to change personal state.
  • Ability to determine best personal course of action.
  • Positive mindset.

Sense of Belonging

  • Ability to communicate with others.
  • Be present and connected.


From $2500


3 - 5 Days

  • Food: Fully catered
  • Water Taxi: One water taxi cruise
  • Open: Open all year

Trip Map

  • 3 Day Classic Map - Abel Tasman Kayaks


  • Day 1

    Focus: Alignment Dinner
    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 2

    Focus: Self regulation & self awareness
    On to the water and into the wild. Todays adventure begins to scaffold the learning intentions set yesterday. High level kayak training and personal development framed in the beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park.

  • Day 3

    Focus: Self regulation, coping & optimism
    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 evening activities and dinner around the campfire.
  • Day 4

    Focus: Control, connection & purpose
    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 5

    Focus: Reflect and transfer
    The final quest. We launch our kayaks into the sunrise and head north on our final kayak journey around Separation Point into Golden Bay. 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.


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    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:

    NIWA National Park forecast

    Abel Tasman coastal forecast

    Short forecast for Abel Tasman area

  • 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:
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