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

Trouble in Paradise

Our first taste of New Zealand took my breath away; well maybe not the very first taste. After a long day of plane travel and grocery shopping we arrived at the campsite in the pitch black and set our tents up like the veteran campers we’ve grown to be. But emerging from the little yellow tent into a world of beautiful wide blues and greens,… Read more

Permaculture in Action at The Crossing

The Crossing was one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. Permaculture is a lifestyle centred around the design of the natural ecosystem in which the society is in, that allows for a more sustainable and ecological way of life. Each part of the design must have at least 3 reasons for its manifestation. Dean and Annette Turner, founders of The Crossing, welcomed us… Read more

A brief bio on the amazing Echidna

One of the oldest mammals on earth, the Echidna (E-KID-NA), are also one of the three species of mammal that lay eggs. Differing greatly from many of the later-formed sexual relationships of most mammals (for example female quolls gain much weight and fat tissue around their necks, so that the males may bite their necks and hold them in place); the female echidna is the… Read more

Whanganui (pron ‘funganooey’)

Saying I wasn’t excited to go on the Whanganui river excursion was an understatement. I didn’t even care enough to learn how to pronounce Whanganui (the name of the river we would be spending the next 48 hours on.) My instructor Karlee had to correct me when I called it the “wanguhnooey”, when its actually pronounced “funganooey.” I was feeling particularly homesick. I was, as… 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

Surfing Musings

I’m writing this journal from my favorite spot here at surf camp, which is Erik’s hammock, facing towers the woods, listening to Alyssa shred the Ukulele. The clouds are blocking the sun making it the perfect temperature, and I covered myself in poison so the bugs are leaving me alone. Honestly I’m loving surf camp, and I’m definitely as hard as I can to improve-… Read more