Bring your workplace into nature

Nature and Nosh offer a range of unique corporate experiences that provide your team the opportunity to disconnect from the office and reconnect with nature and each other.

Spending time in nature can reduce stress, calm anxiety, boost your mood and increase clarity - all the key elements for promoting creativity and wellbeing.

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 work with Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari to be able to offer our unique bush boardroom experience and offer your company a chance to give back to the incredible conservation work of the trust.

Our packages can include: 'mindful hikes' to prime your brain for a team meeting, strategy session or coached leadership workshop; gourmet picnics, strategy or leadership sessions at our immersive bush boardroom table, wild food foraging, Rongoa Māori medicine experiences, or fun team building activities. 

All our corporate packages are tailored to suit your organisation, its goals and your team and can run from half a day to overnight and multi-day. We can cater for groups of between 6 and 15 people. Please get in touch if you have a group larger than this as with some creativity, we can offer a solution too. See our sample itineraries below.

Mindful hiking, walking meetings and primers

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! So it's far more powerful than sitting around trying to solve a problem or come up with new ideas. In fact, Steve Jobs was known for his walking meetings. Come on a mindful hike with us - we can prime your team's creativity for an afternoon session by taking a short walk, letting their unconscious minds roam.

Step into our bush boardroom

Imagine sitting around a rustic boardroom table, underneath an ancient canopy, nestled in the middle of the bush with birdsong echoing around you.

We can offer a unique opportunity for up to 12 people to use our bush boardroom table, nestled in the pristine Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, for a corporate meeting, team training or facilitated strategy or leadership session. 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.

Meaningful conservation

We are proud to 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. Show your company's commitment to conservation by making a donation or getting more hands on...

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.

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.

Boutique accommodation

For overnight or multi-day retreats packages, we have a a great relationship with Sanctuary Lodge Maungatautari, a boutique countryside guesthouse set at the base of Maungatautari - perfectly positioned for our packages situated on the mountain. The Lodge has 12 newly refurbished ensuite rooms, and hosts Sandy and Paul provide wholesome and nutritious meals for guests.


SAMPLE PACKAGES AND PRICING

HALF DAY

Morning:  Short guided walk 1-2 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.

Exclusive use of our immersive bush boardroom at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari for your team's or leadership strategy meeting - 1 hour. Enjoy the sounds of the ancient forest, soak in the ambience and bird sound for a work 'meeting' like you've never experienced before.

Lunch: Gourmet picnic lunch at our bush boardroom table at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

HALF DAY OPTION 2

Morning:  Short guided walk 1-2 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.

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'.

Lunch: Gourmet picnic lunch at our bush boardroom at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

FULL DAY

Morning:  Short guided walk 1-2 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.

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'.

Lunch: Gourmet picnic lunch at our bush boardroom table at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

Afternoon: Exclusive use of our immersive bush boardroom at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari for your team's or leadership strategy meeting or creative strategy session - 2 hours. Enjoy the sounds of the ancient forest, soak in the ambience and bird sound for a work 'meeting' like you've never experienced before. (Option to bring in one of our excellent external facilitators).

Includes a catered afternoon tea break and mindful stretching session.

FULL DAY

Morning:  Short guided walk 1-2 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.

Exclusive use of our immersive bush boardroom at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari for your team's or leadership strategy meeting or creative strategy session - 2 hours. Enjoy the sounds of the ancient forest, soak in the ambience and bird sound for a work 'meeting' like you've never experienced before. (Option to bring in one of our excellent external facilitators).

Lunch: Gourmet picnic lunch at our bush boardroom table at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

Afternoon: Explore the Waikato river by kayak tour with Lake District Adventures on a 2-3 hour active adventure. 

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

Includes a catered afternoon tea break and mindful stretching session.

*All prices New Zealand dollars and GST exclusive.

Add a workshop on the mountain with one of our experts...

Wild food foraging experience with Ashley Budd

Ever wondered how ancient civilizations knew what to use plants for? 

As an elite ex-military operator, Ash will take you on a journey through to help you understand the lost language of plants and discover edible weeds and natives you never knew existed! Learn about the nutritional benefits, culinary, medicinal and survival uses of plants.

Connect with nature and discover nutrient dense wild plants which help with weight loss, strengthen your immune system and aid in harmonising our bodies and minds in a busy life. Touch, smell, taste and reconnect the missing link with wild plants. 

Leadership & corporate culture with Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller – Roar Coaching

Andrew supports organisations and teams to create and live their desired culture. Not nice words on a wall, but real, heartfelt, passionate environments where we ‘show up’ and create something meaningful. 

With experience with a number of professional sports teams and corporates, Andrew is an ideal fit for your facilitated leadership or company cultural session in our bush boardroom if you are looking to connect more deeply with yourselves, and each other as a team. Get the team environment right, and you’ve laid the foundation for awesomeness!

The power of breathing: Breathwork with Sandro Mota

Experience the amazing benefits of mind set coaching. 

Quieten your inner critic, ground yourself, spark inspiration and refine your focus. Sandro’s mind workshops are perfect for people looking to: 
- Change your mindset 
- Stress & anxiety management 
- Sleep coaching

Sandro is an award-winning wellness coach with over 16 professional qualifications, crowned top 5 Mr Universe, professional physique athlete in 2017. With over 20 years experience in the wellness industry he has helped thousands of clients throughout his career.

More optional inclusions

  • Do you have your own external facilitator? Why not suggest a session with them at our bush boardroom following a 'walking primer' - a little more exciting than a four-walled room and whiteboard!
  • Team building with a twist! Build in a fun activity in the middle of your kayak tour in the Pokaiwhenua canyon!
  • Give back to conservation: Is your team feeling fit and strong? Get hands on with giving back to conservation by lending a hand to the rangers by clearing monitoring tracks.

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 corporate groups 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.

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Transport: How do we get there?

All all packages are bespoke so we can either arrange transport for you from Hamilton, Cambridge, Te Awamutu or surrounding areas, or you and the team can meet us at Maungatautari. Although we base our packages primarily around Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (20 minutes from Cambridge) we can also create a package for you at a different location within the Waikato or Coromandel accessing one of the over 20 walking tracks we operate on, or visiting one of the several artisan foodie producers we have great relationships with. 

Fitness requirements

We know that not everyone will be experienced when it comes to the outdoors and hiking, and that's fantastic. Getting a little out of comfort zone in safe hands is what it's all about. We can cater to most fitness levels and abilities and will work within your groups capabilities. As a rough guideline, individuals should be able to walk for an hour continuously with some incline at a comfortable pace.

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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