Health and Safety

We work in natural and sometimes ‘wild’ places making for truly unique atmospheres of opportunity. But don’t worry, because we calculate risks and hazards with our simple equation: Think safe + Work safe = Home safe

Social Nature Movement has delivered quality outdoor adventure programmes in a safe and supportive manor for many years. Health and Safety is ingrained in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our destinations. It’s the primary reason we’re still operating with a very clean track record!

Our activities are all facilitated by experienced and friendly outdoor instructors who provide safe, fun and educational sessions.



COVID Clean Approved Assessment
The COVID Clean Approved assessment has been developed exclusively for Qualmark licence holders like us at SNM. The assessment offers information and checklists to help ensure that COVID-19 guidelines, as set out by the New Zealand Government, are being adhered to through robust understanding of protocols and guidelines set by the Ministry of Health, so you can travel with more peace of mind. Visitors can also feel confident in engaging with us knowing that we have completed the COVID Clean Approved assessment – easily recognisable by the Qualmark award and the COVID Clean Approved logo. Additionally, COVID Clean Approved is formally recognised by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The COVID Clean Approved assessment means Tourism Businesses like us have worked through a series of COVID-19 related topics relevant to our operations processes, customer interaction and staff wellbeing.

Look for the COVID Clean Approved logo when booking your trip for assurance that tourism businesses are equipped with health and hygiene measures to help protect against COVID-19.

Covid-19 Clean


Our approach to Health and Safety

Our approach to identifying and managing risks and hazards “so far as is reasonably practicable” and foreseeable is in Planing-Doing-Checking-Acting. As a safety audit certified operator, we meet rigorous standards in safe travel, qualified adventure activities and provide acknowledged event safety. Our audit report is publicly available to view here:

Our audit is registered by WorkSafe New Zealand under the Adventure Activities Certification Scheme

Our certification is approved by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) through Adventure Mark NZ which helps markets work better by providing internationally recognised services that create economic benefit.

Advanced First Aid and Emergencies; our team are trained and fully qualified:

Peak Safety First Aid

Preventing child abuse:

Child Matters

River Rescue and Water Safety trained:

River Rescue and Water Safety

Our field workers maintain strict industry standards as members of the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA):

New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA)

Staff are approved to work with young people by the New Zealand Police Vetting Service:

Police Vetting



We have a comprehensive safety management system to ensure our clients have opportunities to experience the great New Zealand outdoors without being exposed to reasonably foreseeable risks and hazards. It is important to us that you have all of the information you need to make an informed decision about participating. We work closely with other leading organisations in this industry to help regulate it further and tighten up on processes to lift New Zealand outdoor safety standards

Are landowners and workplaces responsible for Recreational Access and the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015)?

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Do you cover all legal requirements for running activities?

We have a current AdventureMark Audit with annual surveillance and a complete renewal every three years. This is a national outdoor independent audit programme ensuring organisations are operating above the industry safety standard. We develop place, people and activity management plans for all our activities and sites we work in. Our comprehensive health and safety policy covers all aspects of our internal and external operations.


“Safety and EOTC” (Education Outside the Classroom)

In 2002 the Ministry of Education published a document clarifying schools’ responsibilities regarding EOTC and the expectation of schools to meet the emerging requirements. We recognise those guidelines reflected in our out-of-school needs checklist and when partnering with schools we have a comprehensive mutual agreement contract.


Our objective

Social Nature Movement is committed to the provision of a safe and healthy workplace for everyone. As a holder of ‘AdventureMark’ our Safety Systems and Operational Procedures are some of the best in the industry, and our safety record is a point in which we pride ourselves. Your safety is paramount to us. We are proud of our untarnished track record and operate under a comprehensive set of operational and compliance guidelines.


How we manage risks and hazards

Instructor Handbooks are carried at all times by Instructors working in the field. This handbook contains policies, briefing points, crisis response information and hazards. The Instructor Handbook, SMP’s and AMP’s collectively comprise our risk and hazard register. This Handbook focuses on documenting hazards that apply to particular outdoor environments and specific activities.

Fundamental Principles of Health and Safety at Work make up the over-arching tier of our managerial systems.

Expert staff are integral to health and safety. We select only the best for the job. We look for people who have the right combination of skills, knowledge and experiences.

New instructors go through a rigorous training and induction programme and continue to be mentored.

Social Nature Movement uses modern, well maintained safety and emergency equipment.

We have routine inspections, pre-use checks and scheduled replacements.

Scheduled internal reviews of activities.