One of a kind

What happens when you challenge the conventional, four-walls of a boardroom or office and gather your team under an ancient canopy on the slopes of a mountain? Well, it's a kind of magic. Time spent outdoors boosts mood and energy, improves attention spans and encourages connection and creativity.

This totally unique and immersive venue is really an experience in itself. It's a chance for your team to unplug and get away from digital distractions. To really allow the space and place for connection, true creativity and innovation. It's simplicity in it's most natural form. It's inspiration and perspective all in one.

Join us at Aotearoa's first bush boardroom.

Your conservation contribution

This initiative was made possible thanks to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. By bringing your team to the bush boardroom, you are directly contributing to this world-class conservation project. The largest mainland ecological island in the world, the team has reintroduced some of New Zealand’s most endangered species back to their natural habitat. Each booking includes a conservation contribution to the Sanctuary Mountain.

Our corporate packages

We offer a range of unique and unplugged corporate experiences for your team to disconnect from the office and reconnect with nature. These can include:

  • Mindful hiking to prime your brain, reduce stress, calm anxiety, boost your mood and increase clarity, promote creativity and wellbeing.
  • Exclusive use of the bush boardroom table! Take your planning meeting, team lunch or leadership session outdoors and unplugged!
  • Wild food foraging workshop
  • Unique team building activities in the great outdoors
  • Accommodation for overnight retreats
  • Glowworm kayaking
  • Local food and wine tasting and more!

All our corporate packages can be tailored to suit your organisation and can run from half a day to multi-day. All packages INCLUDE a conservation contribution to Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust from your company. 

Client testimonial

"Forget the stale air traditional venue! Keeping our attention, energy levels and engagement levels high was easy in this unique and inspiring setting. From the moment you enter Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari you're treated to an enriching experience. Kylie and the team coached us through a mindful hike which made the “head noise” disappear and enabled us to have a productive and engaging team working session. Being amongst the trees around a table with no pesky technology to get in the way of good old face- to-face conversations (not presentations) was priceless. We were treated to top notch “Nosh” in a wonderful setting."

Douw Van Der Merwe, Director, Anthem Homes

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The details...

Where is the bush boardroom?

It's a secret location in the middle of the bush. Your team will be led to the spot. You just have to get them to Sanctuary Mountain - 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua (Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari). It's 20 minutes from Cambridge, 50 minutes south of Hamilton.

Capacity

The bush boardroom can seat up to 16 people for a shorter session, but is most comfortable for up to 14 people for longer sessions. We provide cushions and encourage standing and short 'leg-stretcher breaks' regularly throughout the day.

How far do we have to walk?

This depends on which package you choose. For packages including our mindful hike, your team may walk up to 5km over the course of the day. It's around 1km on a gravel bush track to walk into the secret spot the bush boardroom is nestled. There are some short, steeper sections and ups and downs!

What about the weather?

We have a cosy rain canopy cover for our bush boardroom, that we put up when rain is forecast. It keeps everyone dry as well as adds some natural ambience to the setting! If it starts to rain during the session, there is shelter nearby until we can get the cover up! It can get cold in the bush and there is no heating, however we advise plenty of warm layering and provide blankets.

What seasons/months do you operate?

We run our packages with mindful hiking, foraging and more at Sanctuary Mountain year-round!

Accommodation

If you would like to book one of our two-day retreats for your team, we stay at Sanctuary Lodge Maungatautari which is a 1 minute drive from the mountain. The lodge can sleep up to 16, mostly twin share (ensuite) with a few double share rooms available.

Coverage?

There is limited cell phone reception at the bush boardroom - you will find some patchy coverage spots if you are a spark customer. Your host Kylie will never be far and usually bases herself at the bush shelter with a radio for emergencies.

Unplugged?

There is no power at the bush boardroom, however we do use our nearby bush shelter as a breakout room and there is limited power available there if someone's phone or laptop needs an emergency charge. 

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100% New Zealand owned and operated business

We are a family run business who have been running highly rated hiking and food tours since 2017. We're approved DOC concession operators and we've achieved a GOLD Qualmark endorsement for our experiences.

 

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