In addition to our events that happen regularly in a location near you, we also have a number of special events that happen annually. In many cases our clients from all over New Zealand are invited to apply to participate in these special opportunities. Read on for more information below.

Let’s Talk

We’d love to catch up over a cuppa, a bite to eat and have a chat. Join us for a Let’s Talk event – coming to a town near you.

The Let’s Talk meetings, previously known as Engagement Road Shows, are held annually and provide an opportunity for an informal chat with some of the Blind Low Vision NZ decision-makers.

Board Chair, Rick Hoskin, members of the Board, Chief Executive John Mulka, members of the leadership team and staff members will be there and they are looking forward to catching up with our clients, their supporters, our volunteers and anyone else who is interested.

The meetings are a chance for conversations about the services that Blind Low Vision NZ offers, the developments being undertaking, what the future holds and, at the same time, hearing from those attending about what is important for them.

Let’s Talk locations for October 2020:

Trail Walking – Multi Day Experience

This is an opportunity for those who enjoy the outdoors, but may have never been out of the urban environment. A multi day (1-2 nights) experience, it includes a variety of trails and tracks in uniquely New Zealand locations within your region. Stay in shared accommodation with all your creature comforts, heading out every day to explore a different trail along with other activities of interest in the local area.

These events occur in regional groups every 1-2 years, depending on demand.

Tramping 101 – The Full Experience

Be supported to participate in a 3-4 day tramp, experiencing the great outdoors and all it has to offer. This experience includes carrying a full tramping pack, staying in hut accommodation, cooking on gas stoves, teamwork, track navigation and much more. Clients are supported by staff and volunteers with provision of guiding support as needed, knowledge of track and safety considerations, organisation of accommodation and food, along with an insight into the history and natural environment.

This event occurs once every two years.

Introduction to Tandem Cycling

Locally run Tandem Bike Have A Go sessions occur throughout the summer months. This provides an opportunity to get on a tandem bike for the first time, learn the communication and teamwork required between pilot and stoker, and get connected up with local volunteers who can support you on a regular basis to get out on a bike. Blind Low Vision NZ also has some Tandem Bikes available for hire.

For more information call us on 0800 24 33 33 or email:

Tandem Cycling – Multi Day Experience

This is for keen cyclists to challenge themselves on a multi-day tandem bike trip, ride up to 50km a day, experience some of the awesome New Zealand bike trails, spend time with other like-minded cycling enthusiasts, staff and volunteers, stay in shared accommodation and put your bike fitness to the test.

This event occurs once every 2 years.

My First Camp – Children’s Winter Camp

Winter Camp offers a unique experience for students aged 8 to 12. You will have the opportunity to experience the snow (weather permitting), make new friends and have a go at new activities. Winter Camp is designed for young students who have not been on a camp with Blind Low Vision NZ before. This is a great opportunity for students to gain independence with daily living and confidence in a supported and encouraging environment.

It offers the opportunity to participate in various activities, which may include:

  • Fun in the Snow.
  • Visiting top attractions in and around Taupo.
  • Evening activities/games.
  • Camp fire and talent show.

Who can attend?

  • Blind and Low Vision 8 to 12 year-old members, who have not experienced a camp run by Blind Low Vision NZ before.
  • Individuals who have some independence with self-care and are able to follow verbal instructions.

If your child or student does not meet the above criteria, we do welcome those with additional needs/medical conditions alongside a parent or caregiver.

Next Camp: Winter 2021