Corporate culture

 

Strengthening teams
through nature experiences

Strengthen corporate culture
Experience nature adventures
Cultivate positive work culture
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From our founder…

I know that outdoor activities provide better socialisation.
Enjoy the adventure, the team building will happen naturally.

SNM Canoeing

About our offer

We are creating customised memorable experiences in nature, for corporate teams who want to strengthen their bond.

People are at the core of any business

We’re here to help you look after them. We propose experience packages to organise and encourage connection, bonding, creativity and wellbeing.

Nature is our most precious asset

Our nature immersive offers are designed to take your teams on a journey to reconnect and enjoy the splendour of the outdoors. We believe it certainly is the most powerful way to discover more about yourself, your team, your goals.

Ready for a customised experience?

Chris Lacoste builds teams

Chris Lacoste

All our adventures are led by our founder Chris. With a Masters and 18 years of experience in the industry, he is recognised as a passionate and reliable instructor, who keeps your team’s growth at heart. With a background of centre instructor, polytechnic tutor and secondary school teacher, Chris is dedicated to making your team’s experience memorable and generating a sense of true and mutual belonging. 

Pat Harrison, Managing Director, Woods Glass
"As culture and people, wellbeing is one of our main company values, I was feeling we were starting as a team to become disengaged. I was fortunate to be introduced to Chris Lacoste and after discussions, I felt Chris and his team have something to offer our staff.They are highly organised and very professional operators. We are very pleased with what Chris and his team have achieved to date, they continue to have groups of our people attending off-site days together.”
Mike Sullivan, Executive Director, D&H Steel Construction
“As part of our company drive to encourage staff to be active and improve their all round wellbeing we embarked on an adventure to take on the Coast to Coast challenge as teams and individuals. We engaged Chris initially to train our kayakers in the white water skills and certify them for grade 2 rivers. Our relationship with Chris has grown since and he has organised various adventures including bush tramping, snow caving, rock climbing, coastal kayaking, whitewater rafting and kayaking at WERO. We have made most of these adventures available to staff and their families. The benefits we gain from these initiatives are immeasurable and we highly recommend Chris and his team for their skills and professionalism in their outdoor offerings.”
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I completed the two day Grade 2 Kayaking Skills course with Chris. He provided great advice to improve my knowledge of risks and hazards, paddling technique, and navigation of the river. We all felt safe on the river and had a great time. I would highly recommend SNM to anyone trying to gain their Grade 2 Kayaking Skills certificate.
Henry Sullivan
Henry Sullivan
20:47 17 Jan 23
I was a complete beginner when I met Chris. I went on two courses with him. A four day trip to the Mohaka River and a 2 trip to the Waioeka Gorge. He was an excellent coach who was very technical and encouraging, but extremely clear in his communications. Most importantly we all felt very safe on the river due to his guidance. I would highly recommend anyone no matter what level of competence to go one one of his adventures.
Jonathan Advice Plus
Jonathan Advice Plus
01:11 17 Jan 23
Highly recommended. I have been with other operators and SNM is in my opinion one of the best.Good communication and feedback from Chris, with a very encouraging and open minded approach to teaching.I would not hesitate to go with them again.
Morne du Plessis
Morne du Plessis
19:51 16 Jan 23
Can’t recommend Chris and Social Nature Movement highly enough. We had a fantastic weekend on the Waioeka River gaining our Grade 2 Kayak Certifications for the Coast to Coast. Chris was incredibly knowledgeable and supportive, and you really got the feeling that he cared about his clients. Five stars.
Charlie Hurring
Charlie Hurring
01:30 16 Jan 23
These guys are fantastic. They set up 9 tents to sleep about 40 people at my wedding, (driving down to Wellington from Auckland) all set up with all the amenities, plus many cute little extras that made our guests feel right at home and snug in some pretty bad weather. Made our wedding a real magical time. Thanks to Chris and the team. Highly recommended.
Edward Service
Edward Service
01:12 13 Jan 23
Chris provided an excellent experience and adventure. He was very engaging and approachable along with clear technical expertise around multisport kayaking and the dynamics of the river. I felt at all times safe and Chris was in control of the situations presented. An extremely enjoyable trip and would recommend Social Native Movement (and Chris) to anyone interested in kayaking quality rivers and gaining further understanding and skills in this space. Epic!
Ben Herbert
Ben Herbert
21:58 09 Jan 23
I had an unreal time doing the grade 2 course with Chris at Mohaka River. He was an excellent instructor and was very accommodating for a very beginner level! Could not recommend this course enough! The four days at the river were a huge success!
Leah Sid
Leah Sid
02:57 16 Dec 22
Awesome Duke of Ed Silver trip!
Zahra Casual
Zahra Casual
20:53 30 Nov 22
Very cool made an axe and a skull on a stick. Very fun instructor. Great DoE adventure
Chomp zilla
Chomp zilla
01:02 30 Nov 22
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
maddie ballard
maddie ballard
01:01 30 Nov 22
Had a great time doing the 4 day Grade 2 Multisport Kayak course with Chris. Learnt a lot on the course taking me from a beginner to feeling confident on the rapids, also was a lot of fun throughout both kayaking and during down time.Highly recommended!Will definitely being going back to get some more river time leading up to the Coast to Coast!
Scott Murch
Scott Murch
21:43 29 Nov 22
An awesome experience doing the bioluminescent tour with Chris!-The four guys from yesterday
Akash Chakraborty
Akash Chakraborty
06:21 23 Oct 22
Did the 4-day training and Grade 2 certificate kayak course down the Mohaka, and glamping, with Chris (Social Nature Movement). A really great experience, helping us build our confidence over the time and an easy-to-follow style of explaining the river and how to approach the different parts. Managed the group of us really well and clearly prioritised safety, and got the most out of the time. After this experience I managed my first multisport event down the Waioeka Gorge just 4 days later feeling confident picking my lines, and NOT swimming! Absolutely fantastic, highly recommend. (Will definitely be going back for some more river time and trips in the build to Coast to Coast.)
Kerri Dewe
Kerri Dewe
02:54 21 Oct 22
The bioluminescense tour was fun and sooo interesting. Chris is a cool guide, a great adventure! 😀
Megan Moir
Megan Moir
02:35 04 Sep 22
Great company, highly recommend
Greg Bates
Greg Bates
09:18 08 Aug 22
SNM 🙌🏼
Chris Lacoste
Chris Lacoste
09:16 08 Aug 22
Good company to work with for Glamping accommodation. Highly recommend SNM
Southern Glamping
Southern Glamping
09:14 08 Aug 22
Social Nature Movement really care about there programs and clients, highly recommend! Especially the bethels boogie activity! The most out the gate experience in Ak
Allan Carpenter
Allan Carpenter
08:17 08 Aug 22
Had a great day out in Auckland doing intro to rock climbing with Chris! Chris is a natural teacher and I left feeling like I had learned so much and he did a great job at tailoring the experience to what I wanted and what my current experience level is. I left with more knowledge and feeling stoked to continue to build on it. I would gladly return to continue to learn more from him, and I’m sure I will!
Jennifer McKnight
Jennifer McKnight
19:44 27 Jun 22
Amazing service. Organising glamping accommodation for the extended family. James was helpful, patient and provided all the options. Pricing was excellent and cannot say enough good things about this company. Well done team
Gregory Clark
Gregory Clark
02:12 17 Jun 22
If you’re after experienced, knowledgeable and friendly outdoor training expert, Chris is the MAN! No need to mention that he’s a good looking and funny dude too.
zafer isiklar
zafer isiklar
22:10 22 May 22
We did the Bioluminescence kayak tour with Chris. It was amazing, even the teens loved it.
Giselle Irwin
Giselle Irwin
21:19 30 Mar 22
I had a great day out sea kayaking with Chris. We were blessed with a bluebird day on the trip to Browns Island which was a first for me. Chris gelled very well with everyone and is a great communicator. Safety was a priority and all equipment was modern and in great condition. Clear instructions were given periodically and questions were encouraged. He provided and really tasty lunch that catered to my quirky food intolerances. Highly recommend Chris and the team.
Kiwi Cam
Kiwi Cam
02:21 21 Mar 22
Thanks very much for the great day Chris! It was an awesome experience going to Browns Island and back. Thanks for your help along the way :)Really recommend
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m
04:26 15 Mar 22
Great experience kayaking to Browns island. Chris instructions were really easy to follow that made me feel safe and confident during the trip. Definitely recommend!
Anh Nguyen
Anh Nguyen
04:20 15 Mar 22
Excellent A+ service. I had a 14yo birthday party to organise in very short notice as the weather had ruined all our plans. In 2 days we had the most amazing tent fully decorated on our property by Chris. It was one of the most enjoyable, hassle free birthdays I’ve ever done. This tent is perfect for all ages. Teenagers can be hard to please but they absolutely raved about this! Thank you so much Chris. Will definitely be getting you back.
Claire Galloway
Claire Galloway
05:13 15 Feb 22
These guys are awesome – prompt communicators, friendly and flexible service. Gear hired was high quality and fit for purpose.
Andrew Park
Andrew Park
06:11 10 Feb 22
Chris is awesome. I did my grade 2 kayak certificate through him and I left with so much more confidence and a lot more of an appreciation of all the elements of white water paddling. He is so knowledgeable and has the natural ability to pass on his knowledge to you in an effective way. You’ll have a great few days away with him and I am looking forward to getting some more paddle time in with him before race day. Thanks Chris!
Tim
Tim
05:39 02 Feb 22
Great time with great people
Cameron Todd
Cameron Todd
23:57 31 Jan 22
I’m glad my first time on river rapids in a kayak were with Social Nature Movement as they were great at teaching you the process for doing it safely and swiftly. Plus I had a great time on and off the water.
Mark Needham
Mark Needham
06:04 17 Jan 22
I did my grade 2 certification with Chris on the Mohaka and had a great time. He thoroughly covered all the key skills and gave us plenty of tips to help make it down the river as quickly and safely as possible. He also really went the extra distance to help us throughout the whole trip so the experience was much more than the time on the water.
Seumas Dunlop
Seumas Dunlop
23:54 22 Dec 21
I attended their kayak training course as a total noob – only having been in a multisport kayak twice before (and the first time was actually mostly out of the kayak!). Despite this, under Chris’s instruction I was able to traverse the Mohaka, and had a fantastic time.Overall the experience was very well organised, professional, and just plain good fun. Chris is knowledgeable and patient, a good instructor. I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to enter multisports. A great opportunity if you are planning on entering the Coast to Coast!
joe veryuncool
joe veryuncool
17:22 22 Dec 21
Great adventure! Best day ever! Thanks Chris
Kennethchiu Chiu
Kennethchiu Chiu
19:46 05 Aug 21
Amazing experience doing a group activity / kayaking with SNM. Great weather, great company and the assurance that we were well assisted. It was just PERFECT! Thanks, guys. Keep up the good work.
Fernanda Burgo
Fernanda Burgo
19:45 05 Aug 21
What an experience! Chris took a corporate group of my colleagues and I out – we had no idea what we were doing nor what to expect (it was rock climbing!). It was an awesome day, great for improving team culture and communication. His approach couldn’t be faulted, we felt we were in very capable hands.Strongly recommend for any work place.
Joe Rae
Joe Rae
01:19 16 Jul 21
Christine Woolmore
Christine Woolmore
20:03 07 Jul 21
Chris has been so helpful….am yet to book one of these awesome trips on offer but he has helped me with getting organised with the right tools to take on the Coast to Coast in 2022… Thanks mate 🙂
Allison Robinson
Allison Robinson
00:08 28 May 21
This was my first ever experience in rock climbing. We were 3 people learning and 1 instructor, Chris. He took us to a crag in Stonefields, Auckland, by a lake. Quiet little place. He had his ropes all in place already. He brought all the gear. Good schedule after lunch to avoid the midday heat and not a crowded place either where we could feel intimidated. Chris is a good instructor. He gives clear instructions, enough to get you where you need to and not too much that would overwhelm you. He is patient, grounded and calm and that certainly helps if you’re anxious. Never seemed out of control and was even keeping an eye out for other recreational climbers. Seems to have an eagle eye and a conservative approach towards safety, and that I quite appreciated.We all got several turns at climbing and belaying different parts of that wall and 4h went by like a breeze. Some showers did not deter any of us as we were really enjoying our time together and Chris had some nice back up jackets handy to give us cover while it rained, luckily for a very short while.No negatives on this experience. We were given some ropes to take home and practice our knots, that was again a nice touch. For a complete beginner, 4h were more than enough in terms of information to process, and physical demand. A small group of 3 learners worked out really well.This is a kiwi business and a commendable one.I like to learn with highly skilled instructors with a strong professional background to avoid growing bad habits and Chris certainly rates highly in rock climbing. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.
Rita Ribeiro
Rita Ribeiro
06:29 09 Mar 21
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Working hand in hand with your company

Social

“Only strong teams can genuinely endorse company culture”

At SNM, we are committed to get your staff engaged in the experience you book.

The more engaged participants are towards the goals you want to achieve as a company (better bonding, stronger support culture etc.), the better your results, and the more convinced your team will be.

We are offering an open time to your teams, to reconnect to themselves and relate to others, building a common goal, together.

Nature Immersion

“Being in nature pushes you to open up and discover so much more”

Our nature immersion method has proven to provide better socialisation and higher personal satisfaction.

We know how experiencing team adventures in the outdoors can be an incredible way to discover more about one’s self abilities and to improve team dynamics.

Only natural experience can bring up solidarity, leverage confidence and generate mutual trust the way companies need it for their teams.

Movement

“A healthy mind in a healthy body.”

Here’s to productivity through wellbeing
awareness!

Getting active has proven health benefits such as serotonin or endorphin secretion which helps with reducing anxiety or focusing issues.

Letting your people own their physical skills and figure out their body balance, even more so in an outdoor environment, will lead to unleash and maximise their mind potential.

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