Rockclimbing 101

This week we were at rock climbing camp in Wanaka. Our whole trip has been filled with sunshine and good times, and this pocket of time in Wanaka was no exception. Here’s thoughts from some of the group on our time there… Gillian: Rock climbing with Ian and Loz was such a cool experience for everyone. Over the course of two and a half days,… Read more

West Coast Roadtrip

After our adventures in the Kahurangi, we headed back to Nelson to recharge and prepare for the next section of the trip heading down the West Coast. While in Nelson we had the chance to meet up with Group B. We had some delicious pizza, played cards, and had a good time chilling out in the hostel courtyard. In Nelson we also returned our tents… Read more

Not Just A Team But A Family

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” The Kahurangi National Park expedition was the most impactful experience on the program for me, so far. It was physically and mentally challenging. The days were long and feet were sore but it was worth it for every single view. We conquered mountains, whittled knives, and learned how to start fires. Our group is not only… Read more

A day in the life of a Pacific Discovery instructor

I would like to write about today. Because this is the only life I am ever going to live. As each day flows by that I call mine, it’s one of a kind, it kneads into those soft lines under my electric green eyes, it’s magic dust and music that will never be played again, it’s a brilliant equation of Mother Earth and human birth,… Read more

Transforming in Tawharanui

Kia Ora Welcome to New Zealand! We said goodbye to Australia and crossed the Tasman sea to Auckland. Once we were all through customs we got our new van and trailer and made our way north to Tawharanui National Park. We spent the next week camping with no showers helping the park rangers with various environmental projects. We had to set up our tents in… Read more

Grassroots and Beetroot Juice

‘Always try something before you judge’. This is the motto I need to repeat to myself throughout the program. On day twenty we departed from the Blue Mountains and drove many hours to arrive at The Crossing. Completely blind to what The Crossing would encompass, we arrived to a canoe loading port on the side of the road to see a man and woman named… Read more

Surfing, Cliffs and Bitou Bush Bashing!

Hello to family and friends abroad! This week in the land down under our group tackled surf camp, something everyone found equally challenging and fun. Our teachers, JJ and Steve, went through some quick board and surfing etiquette on land, then it was time for us to hit those waves! Let me tell you one thing: surfing is not as easy as Aussies make it… Read more

Challenge Accepted

Before I start, I just wanted to say how lucky I am to be surrounded by some of the most amazing people that I can share this experience and journey with, who also in many different ways inspire me everyday to achieve things and push myself in ways I never thought I would. For this blog I thought I would write about how, through my… Read more

6 days in Australia by Jenny Pushner

One of my goals for these 10 weeks is to take a photo each day that describes either the day or a significant moment that happened during the day. So I figured the best way for me to share about my experience with you all was by sharing my first 6 photos from my time in Australia! Day 1: ┬áThis photo of Mikaela, Ethan, and… Read more

Instructor Intro: Jess Thomas

A warm welcome to the Pacific Discovery Fall Family! Hoping you’ve all had a brilliant year to date, and know that life is just going to keep getting better! I’m Jess and am very much looking forward to being one half of your program leader equation for the New Zealand Australia program, along with Ricki. I am absolutely sure we are going to have the… Read more