Business Profile

Adventure Dynamicsbegan in Taranaki, NZ, back in 2003. A young company, but created by Don Paterson, a talented outdoor educator with over 25 years of experience. Don had so many skills, he didn’t know what to specialise in. As a result, Adventure Dynamicsis able to offer everything from interpretive field days in the bush with children, corporate team building to instructor training and mountain guiding.

Adventure Dynamicsoffers guiding, instruction and consultancy mainly on and around Mount Taranaki (Egmont National Park). However, we are mobile and can operate other places too. We have a Department of Conservationconcession for guiding and instruction in Egmont National Park and Tongariro National Park.

Education is a major focus for Adventure Dynamics. There isn’t an activity that runs without some kind of learning happening. It could be experientioal learning of communicatin and leadershop skills, learining about the environment and our place within it, to training instructors towards internationally recognised qualifications with the New Zealand Outdoor Instructor’s Association.

Adventure Dynamicshas a package for you or will design a programme specifically to suit you personally, your family, team or business.

We are the leading Outdoor Adventure Specialist in Taranaki.

Staff profile
Adventure Dynamics
Leading the team is Don Paterson who began his extensive career as raft guide in 1979. His passion for sharing the outdoor world is impressive. He has worked since those early days on 4 continents as an outdoor education teacher, mountain and river guide, outdoor pursuits instructor and a consultant.

He is highly regarded in the outdoor industry and has been involved with the development of many outdoor instructor qualifications that are available in New Zealand. Many current instructors have at some stage been trained or assessed by Don.

Don operates to the highest standards, which ensures that all the work he does is client focused, safe and follows current industry practice. Any Adventure Dynamicsemployees are also required to conform to Don's high standards.

Don is a performer. He kayaks, climbs, skis and runs. He ranks in the top 3 of his grade in orienteering and has recently done well in multisport and adventure racing.

Don's qualifications include the highest New Zealand Outdoor Instructor's Association awards.

Don has had a long association with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. He is a Skills Active assessor for Outdoor Recreation and Recreation Management unit standards.

He is also a Senior Raft Guide with the New Zealand Raft Association.

Environmental profile
We at Adventure Dynamicsoften operate in a remote and fragile environment, and occasonally in overcrowded and overused places. In order to protect our environment we make a concerted effort to follow the New Zealand Environmental Care Code. That is to:

  • Protect plants and animals
  • Remove rubbish and recycle where possible
  • Bury toilet waste or carry it out from delicate areas
  • Keep streams and lakes clean
  • Take care with fires, but preferably use camping stoves for cooking
  • Camp carefully and leave no trace
  • Keep to the track or use off track routes carefully and considerately
  • Consider others and avoid high use areas. Role model best practice
  • Respect our cultural heritage
In all aspects of our business, we try to actively reduce and recycle waste and to conserve water and energy.

Our clients are encouraged to assist us with our quest to minimise our environmental footprint, the effect we have on the environment and other users.

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