There are many people around the country who use Adventure Therapy within their work.  If you are one of those organizations, we would love to have your contact details here so that people can access your services… please get in contact.


Adventure Specialties Trust   

Auckland and Christchurch

Adventure Specialties Trust provides a range of outdoor programmes in adventure therapy with youth, families and specialist groups; youth development and outdoor education.  In most circumstances we provide our services to people who are already engaged with a school, a community agency or another service of some kind.  We work in partnership with that community organization to add the adventure activities to the services and programmes they are already providing.  We custom design our adventure programming to meet the goals and objectives of that client group identified by the partnering community organization.  We are starting to run more open enrollment adventure therapy programmes where individuals can enroll directly on our courses.  If you are from a community organization or an individual please contact us if you would like discuss how our services might be able to support you.

Contact Amy Horn, Adventure Therapy Manager;; or check out the website

Blue Mountain Adventure Centre

Central North Island

Blue Mountain Adventure Centre is based in the Central North Island and is part of the Salvation Army. The centre provides adventure therapy experiences for groups of young people, specialist support services, couples experiences relationship challenges, families – both individual families and groups of families.  We also offer therapeutic interventions for work teams wanting to move towards better functioning.  The centre provides accommodation and catering for participants during the experiences that range from 2 to seven days.

Programmes and interventions are customised for each group and activities selected to best address the therapeutic needs of the individuals participating.  Individual counselling is also available before and following interventions in person or via Skype to assist participants to integrate the learning and changes they wish to make.

Contact Claire Wyatt: 07 892 2630;

Waipuna St Johns of God


Our Adventure Therapy programs at St John of God Waipuna offer young people opportunities to explore and develop their own strengths and wisdom in a supportive yet challenging environment through nature and adventure activities.

The aim of our Adventure Therapy programs is to increase personal resilience – the skills, strengths and relationships each young person has to help them get through life.

The program has run for the past 19 years and was founded by Paddy Pawson in 1999 and first delivered at Aranui High School to young people who found their home and school life challenging

Contact: Dan Eastwood; 03 386 2159;

Adventure Development 

South Canterbury / Otago / Southland


Whenua Iti Outdoors

Nelson / Tasman

WIO has worked with people of all ages for over 30 years and we are progressively noticing a need for programmes designed to address mental health concerns. Over recent years we have piloted and refined programmes with adventure therapy at their heart. Our team of expert facilitators, counsellors and kaiako design and lead programmes that provide increasingly critical support for rangatahi across the Top of the South.

For more information contact: or check out  03 526 7842