At AdventureWorks we specialize in delivering high quality and valuable Experiential and Adventure Education programs within Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty. We choose to use the outdoors and challenging situations as a medium to inspire personal and social development within the students who engage in our courses. We currently provide support within the New Zealand secondary schools curriculum, youth development, in risk and at risk youth and the New Zealand Employ-ability framework. With an OutdoorsMark Safety Certification and a great Team of staff and instructors, your safety is out number one priority.
What is learning through adventure centered experiences?
Adventure centered experiences can include a wide variety of activities, due to the different ways people experience adventure. Outdoor sports, challenge courses, races, and even indoor activities can be used in adventure education. Adventure education is related to adventure programming, adventure therapy, and outdoor education. It is an active process rather than a passive process of learning that requires active engagement from the learners as well as the instructors. Often adventure education is linked to an incorporation of all five senses within the experiences which can heighten the opportunities for learning and retaining information. The learning experiences within adventure education programs are structured for a potential increase in self awareness, personal and social effectiveness as well as human performance and capacity. It’s more about the physical mental and emotional journey than the destination.
Challenge Course Specialists
AdventureWorks specialises in the development and delivery of challenge course programs for personal and social development. We exclusively operate our own challenge course in Mount Albert Auckland, the Mighty River Domain challenge course located at Lake Karapiro, and we also operate at the Waharau challenge course in the Hunua Ranges. We have thorough training and development processes for our staff who are all working towards or have achieved the highest level of certification in New Zealand. Click here to find out more about the AdventureWorks, Mighty River Domain and Waharau challenge courses.
OutdoorsMark Safety Certification
AdventureWorks operates an extensive and effective safety management system designed to meet the Adventure Activity Regulations. Our safety system has been audited by OutdoorsMark and we have achieved certification to operate rock climbing abseiling and challenge course activities throughout the North Island. To view our status on the Register of Adventure Activities click here.
Mark Mandeno – Owner
There is a theme that has connected all my past work. I get the most satisfaction when helping people connect with new possibilities. My personal experiences in the outdoors, work as a teacher in an outdoor education programme and training and working as a counsellor has contributed to my current purpose – Connecting people with possibility. At the moment AdventureWorks is the mechanism I am using to connect others to new ways of being as well as myself. It has been a steep but satisfying learning curve going from a teacher of 9 years to a small business owner. Through this business I’m living what I believe in.
Rachel Hill – General Manager
Sophie Arundel – Operations Manager
Sarah Blundell – Project K Manager and Head Instructor
Her love for the outdoors began at a very young age while enjoying many camping holidays. This passion for adventure has grown stronger through the years as she explores her own comfort zones in countless outdoor activities and in doing enjoys learning more about herself. “I now am privileged to be able to have ‘an office in the outdoors’ and create the same opportunities for others”.
Sarah has worked with AdventureWorks since 2006 and enjoys interacting with a wide variety of groups and ages and motivating them to unleash their true potential. “I feel fulfillment in seeing the development of individuals and groups as they achieve their goals and realize they are capable of much more than they thought”. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys Mountain-biking, tramping, snowboarding, hunting and body-boarding. She also plays the piano and guitar and am involved in a hip-hop dance crew.
AdventureWorks NZ calls on a deep pool of contract staff to facilitate programmes using a variety of adventure mediums. They hold qualifications ranging from teaching to sport and recreation including ropes course facilitation, risk management, rock climbing, kayaking, bush and First Aid. However it is not only the paperwork that is important to us – AWNZ facilitators are held in high-regard and consistently receive positive feedback from clients. They bring a range of life experiences to the team and are passionate, enthusiastic and empowering leaders.