Nature is a natural healer, come and destress with us!

Spending time in nature can reduce stress, calm anxiety, boost your mood and increase clarity.

Nature and Nosh can tailor a staff Christmas experience for your group to thank them for going above and beyond this year. Our hiking, foraging and food tasting experiences are a chance to disconnect from the office, reconnect with nature and each other and try something new!

We provide a safe, relaxed yet professional atmosphere for you so you can totally immerse yourself in the outdoors with our range of tracks and tasting opportunities in the Waikato. We are proud to partner with Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari to be able to offer our unique Christmas bush feast experience. Booking a Christmas package with us means you are directly contributing to the incredible conservation work of the trust!

We can put together a Christmas package for 6-15 people that could include: A hiking experience, wild food foraging, our unique bush feast, kayaking and more. Scroll down to see sample packages and pricing.

All our corporate packages are tailored to suit your organisation and budget. Please do get in touch if you have a group larger than this as with some creativity, we can offer a solution too. 

Take a hike with us!

There's bodies of research to support that time spent in nature reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, elevates mood and can even boost your body’s immune response. 

Walking in nature can also boost creative output (divergent thinking) by 60% on average! What better way to recover from digital overload and mental fatigue than to get out for a hike. We can cater for a range of fitness levels and experiences so that everyone has a great time and feels energised.

Enjoy a bush feast

Imagine a feast prepared especially for your group, on a beautiful rustic table, underneath an ancient canopy, nestled in the middle of the bush with birdsong echoing around you.

We have a secret, nestled in the pristine Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari we have prepared a lunch feast for your team. This will be an experience like no other. Should the weather not be in our favour, there is covered but open front bush shelter is available with power and storage room.

Foraging

Did you know our native bush offers a smorgasbord of edible delights that were used in traditional Māori cooking and medicine?

Join our experts for a foraging experience and learn about the abundance the forest has to offer. Search for native plants and herbs, learn about their medicinal properties, and how Māori use them for healing and wellbeing. Try a wild food foraged spread and learn about the surprising nutritional benefits hidden in nature's bounty.

Local food and wine tasting experiences

We've got the keys to the backdoor of a collection of artisan food producers in the Waikato. 

Our great relationships with them, means we can get your team in for a private tasting and tour at a local winery, award-winning cheese producers, gelato makers, hand-crafted chocolate from bean to bar, honey producers and more. Each experience is created to your team's tastes and needs. 

Active fun

Explore the Waikato river by kayak with the team and enjoy the magic of the Pokaiwhenua canyon with Lake District Adventures.

We can organise a fun team building activity at 'the landing', or you can simply relax as you paddle gently and enjoy stories from local guides. For something extra special, try the night time Glow worm kayak experience. As night arrives over Lake Karāpiro, paddle slowly up the stream and through the canyon carved out by water over many hundreds of years. When darkness falls, float silently back downstream, being guided by the glow worms on either side sparkling like fairy lights.

Meaningful conservation

We are proud to partner and work with Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari as Inspired Kaitiaki, and to offer our unique corporate packages. 

A world-class conservation project, this ancient eco-system is enclosed by the longest pest-proof fence in the southern hemisphere. By removing all mammals from Maungatautari it has provided a safe environment to reintroduce some of New Zealand’s most endangered species back to their natural habitat.

SAMPLE CHRISTMAS PACKAGES AND PRICING

HALF DAY

Morning:  Short guided walk 1-2 hours with focus on being mindful in nature to de-stress and unwind.

Hot drinks and snacks on the mountain.

Ancient forest highlights tour: As we make our way into the bush feast, hear about the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees and what makes the conservation project at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari truly special.

Lunch: Bush feast! Enjoy the sounds of the ancient forest, soak in the ambience and bird sound for a Christmas lunch like you've never had before around a rustic table.

4 hour experience: 9am - 1.00pm

*Above packages and pricing are samples only, we can create something bespoke for your team!

FULL DAY

Morning:  Guided walk 2-3 hours with focus on being mindful in nature to promote problem solving and creative thinking.

Hot drinks and snacks on the mountain.

Ancient forest highlights tour: As we make our way into the bush feast, hear about the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees and what makes the conservation project at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari truly special.

Lunch: Bush feast! Enjoy the sounds of the ancient forest, soak in the ambience and bird sound for a Christmas lunch like you've never had before around rustic table.

Afternoon: Foraging workshop with our expert on Maungatautari (2 hours). 

Discover nutrient dense wild plants which help to strengthen your immune system and aid in harmonising our bodies and minds. You will discover the nutritional benefits, culinary, medicinal and survival uses of plants and 'weeds'.

OR Private winery tour and tasting with the winemaker at Vilagrad wines.

Includes a catered afternoon tea break and mindful stretching session.

7 hour experience: 9am - 4.00pm

*Above packages and pricing are samples only, we can create something bespoke for your team!

*All prices New Zealand dollars and GST exclusive.

Taking care of business: Your facilitator

Nature & Nosh owner Kylie Rae's love for the outdoors was cemented early in life, literally following footsteps of her hunter Dad, traipsing around the bush with him. Her and husband Steve moved to the UK for a couple of years where they spent all their spare time hiking around Europe.

Making their way back to Aotearoa the long way, her 'aha' moment came during a day hike in Chile. She realised that they both often solved their business and life problems while hiking. There was something about nature and movement that gave them clarity, perspective and creative thought patterns.

They set up Nature & Nosh Tours once back home and have been running tours and experiences around the Waikato and Coromandel since 2017. Taking their existing relationship with Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, they've partnered up to offer local companies a completely unique and bespoke experience, while giving back to the important conservation work of the trust.

With a decade of experience in business management, conference and event organising and running her own hiking tour company, Kylie will ensure she designs and runs a corporate experience for your company like no other; with wellbeing and nature at the core.

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.

Say hello
hello@natureandnosh.co.nz 
Phone:  +64 204 130 5060

 

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