We sat down with Hamish McMaster of Water by Nature who shared with us his one of his favorite offerings: his New Zealand multi-activity adventure. Hamish is one of our newest partners and his company has been offering exceptional expeditions for over a decade. As a native kiwi of New Zealand, this trip holds a special place in his heart. He has tailored every detail of this extraordinary expedition, including keeping group sizes intimate (8-12 people), to give our clients an immersive, authentic experience. Here’s what he had to say about the New Zealand Adventure.
The word adventure can evoke a sense of extremity. Jumping out of airplanes, whitewater rafting, diving with sharks, hiking to the highest peak – adventure is often defined as “go big or go home”. We don’t believe this is necessarily true. Life is an adventure, with every big and small moment.
Sleeping beneath the stars, fresh air, endless wilderness at your fingertips – camping is one of the best ways to connect with nature and recharge. Cooking meals over a campfire is one of the highlights of camping, but for those of us who have dietary restrictions, mealtime can be a source of anxiety.
Our modern lives revolve around connection – text messages, phone calls, Wi-Fi, likes, tweets, pins, comments, shares, emails. Most of us are connected to a device daily and it’s easy to fall the slippery slope of constant scrolling, liking, and emoji-ing. We can stream almost anything we want while walking, at the grocery store, hanging out with friends, at home on the couch, or in bed before we fall asleep. Technology instantly connects us to billions around the globe and provides us with infinite resources. There is no doubt that digital connection has become part of our daily routines.
“Ok folks, you’re going to want to hold on tight. This one is a big one. It’s called House Rock and today it’s looking like a 6,” our guide, Shavonne, bellowed from the rear of the boat.
Christie and I immediately glanced at each other in excitement as our eyes communicated that we migrate to sit in the front of the boat. The ‘bath tub’ is the wettest and, arguably, the best seat in the house. It was a very hot and long first day full of built up anticipation. Up until this point, it still had not hit me that we were in the grandest of all canyons.
I’m not a serious outdoorsman.
I’ve never been a river guide or worked in a national park. Heck, I used to fake a stomach ache to get out of going outside for recess. When I travel, I like to visit cities with nice restaurants, hotels, and running water, above all.
Don’t get me wrong. A love for adventure sits close to my heart and there is nothing I like better than going somewhere new.