The Community and Life Enrichment Team at the Blind Foundation puts on a range of activities throughout the country to cater to the various needs and wants of our clients.

From challenges like the 7 Day Challenge, which covered 700km, to coffee and craft groups.  There are options to suit many different interests.

This month one of those great activities was the National Tramp, which this year took place in the Abel Tasman National Park.

12 Blind Foundation clients from across New Zealand, along with nine staff and volunteers, took on the four-day hike from Marahau to Totoranui.

The event had many different purposes, for some it was to extend walking experience and outdoor skills. For others it was about being able to continue participating in a hobby in a supported and safe environment. Whatever the reason was for attending the tramp, it was a great opportunity for a personal challenge, both mentally and physically. As well as meeting other clients with common outdoor interests from around NZ.

Over the four days, the group walked up to six hours a day exploring what the National Park had to offer. Accommodation included Department of Conservation huts, nestled within the native New Zealand bush. Cooking was done on camp stoves while everyone gathered around enjoying laughter and each other’s company.

The tramp finished with waiting for the tide to be able to cross the famous Awaroa estuary walk to meet the water taxi at Totoranui. Everyone then enjoyed a stunning water taxi excursion back to Marahau, experiencing the sea and wildlife along the way.

One participant of the tramp said on reflection, “I enjoyed meeting a new bunch of people of varying ages. I also enjoyed the free time and the opportunity for relaxation, it was such a peaceful place!”

If you are interested in participating, or volunteering for recreational events such as this, call and have a chat to our Community and Life Enrichment Team on 0800 24 33 33.