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.

Abel Tasman Sea Kayaking 2021: South Island Regional Event

When: Wednesday 24 November – Saturday 27 November 2021 (including travel days)

Blind Low Vision NZ in conjunction with Abel Tasman Kayaks Ltd, welcomes blind and low vision adults from throughout the South Island to participate in a two day kayaking event. The aim of this programme is to provide an opportunity for clients to experience a water based adventure in the Abel Tasman National Park, have fun and build skills and confidence in the outdoors and to enjoy the companionship of other blind and low vision adults from throughout the South Island.

What does the event involve?

Two days exploring in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

Day one: Thursday 25th November: Water taxi from Marahau to Bark Bay, kayaking to Anchorage Bay, via tidal lagoons of Falls River and Frenchman’s Bay, where a gentle float on the sheltered inlets is the focus. Stay in Anchorage Hut for one night.

Day two: Friday 26th November: Kayak from Anchorage Bay to Marahau via Adele Island. This is a predator free island with fantastic birdsong.

How do I know if I am suitable for participating in this event?

  • Are you 18 years or older?
  • Are you comfortable being in a double sea kayak for 3 – 5 hours per day?
  • Are you water confident?
  • Do you enjoy the outdoors being in a social group, staying back packer style shared and DOC Hut accommodation?
  • Do you enjoy communal cooking and eating?
  • Keen to challenge yourself and encourage others?

How many people will be on the event?

Places are available for up to 8 clients, with a team of kayak guides and volunteer sighted guides (staff and volunteers), as support crew. A total team of around 16 people.

What is the cost?

The subsidised cost of this event, is $250 per person. If we secure further sponsorship prior to the event, this may reduce cost per person. Without the very generous sponsorship of Abel Tasman Kayaks and volunteers this would not be possible. Note commercial value of this kind of trip is around $680. Payment options may be available, please discuss this with Erin Eyles directly.

What does the cost include?

  • X3 nights accommodation (shared backpackers style at Adventure Inn and DOC Hut accommodation)
  • Water Taxi and Kayak retrieval
  • Sea Kayak hire and guide
  • X1 camp evening meal, 2 x basic lunches, 1 x basic breakfast (if you have preferred breakfast foods, please bring, along with any snack foods)
  • Shared transport to and from Nelson to Marahau, return.
  • Contribution toward sighted guide and volunteers costs – as without these wonderful people this trip would not be possible

What is excluded in the cost?

  • Dinner on arrival day in Marahau at Adventure Inn.(budget $25)
  • Dinner final night at Marahau at Park Café restaurant (group meal planned, budget $30)
  • Any additional accommodation in Nelson before and after the trip.
  • Travel costs to shared transport options.
  • Snacks, café, pub food, drinks and coffees, of your choice during the programme.

Whom is involved in the programme?

The crew will be a mix of Abel Tasman Kayak staff, volunteers and Blind Low Vision NZ staff.

What are the Transport arrangements?

You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to Nelson, though there will be some shared transport available travelling from Christchurch. All participants will need to be present and ready to go from Nelson Wednesday 24th November 3pm for transport to Marahau. It may be possible for shared rides from around Top of South, so please discuss travel details with Erin Eyles (Christchurch).

Is there a selection process?

Yes. A selection process will be undertaken based on the eligibility criteria outlined above. An application form will need to be completed and returned by Monday 18th October.

When do I need to pay for the trip?

Payment will be required upon acceptance of position and no later than Friday 19th November 2021. Places on this programme will plan to be confirmed by Friday 22 October. Payment advice will follow placement confirmation.

Postponement: This event runs wet or fine, and be modified for conditions. The timeframe has been planned around longer day light, quieter time of week, and avoiding the summer rush. Due to accommodation and support team needs, we do not have any postponement options.

Cancellation and Refunds: If due to any unforeseen circumstances, such as changes to COVID-19 Alert Levels, and the nature of this event does not allow it to take place, we will cancel and refund the $250 cost per person. Note, with respect to your own travel arrangements, these will remain your responsibility.

So what do I do now?

Keep active! To discuss or for further information and if you would like an application pack, contact Erin Eyles, Community & Recreation Advisor (Christchurch), phone 03 375 4318, cell phone 027 296 1093 email

A big thank you to Craig Moore, our very own BLVNZ volunteer/client, Guide, Trip Planner and Abel Tasman Sea Kayaks Team for their generous time, support and sponsorship. Without them, this event would not be possible. We thank you for working with us to create this very special collaborative opportunity.


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