Manaaki Adventures was founded by qualified and experienced secondary school Outdoor Education teachers.
The spark that ignited Manaaki Adventures was a German exchange student who wanted to be part of the Outdoor Education programme. The Outdoor Education programme is very popular at this particular School and up to 60 students a year miss out on taking the subject. Almost trying to put him off, he was asked “Do you have any experience in the outdoors?” He replied “No”.
Before he could be interrupted and told how this “may not be the course for you” he continued. “I have grown up in a city surrounded by tall concrete buildings, my country is very different to yours and I have never had the opportunity to do this sort of thing, that is why I’ve come to New Zealand”.
He entered the programme and made the most of every opportunity thrown at him. He is one student who definitely did not take anything for granted.
It was truly humbling to see such genuine awe, passion and enjoyment of the amazing, natural environment Aotearoa, New Zealand has to offer. This provided the spark which has now become Manaaki Adventures, New Zealand’s newest and most exciting adventure tour company.