Our story

Our discovery experiences are so immersive, they have you realising there is always more SNM leaves you wanting to come back to; the essence of our brand.

Moving away from traditional activities, we seek out hard-to-find experiences and immersive educational journeys and bring them to you. As explorers ourselves, we know first-hand the power that human–nature synergy holds.

But the most enriching experiences aren’t solely about the destination; they’re also about the journey. We do something each time for the environment and the community, making every SNM outing bigger than ourselves and the activity.

SNM is a proud member of the Tourism Industry Association, helping raise awareness of travel and tourism as one of NZ’s largest industries, supporting 225,384 jobs and generating $115 million per day. (pre-COVID).

Social Nature Movement

SNM's Mission

Helping more people live better lives to become the best they can be

SNM's Values

Knowledgeable
Passionate
Attentive
Authentic
Purposeful

SNM's Goal

Leading high-class services of value and quality in elegant outdoor experiences through innovation and curiosity

SNM's Vision

More people sharing and discovering better adventurous journeys through more nature-based and human-powered experiences

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From our founder...

“We're on a mission to help people connect with nature and each other in a more conscious way, we take you on more journey-based adventures that are waiting right around your corner”

— Chris Lacoste

Meet Chris
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In today’s modern world where most of us work in offices and live in urban areas, we’re distanced from nature (and ourselves) more than ever. Social media wants to give you power to share your experiences with others. We’re changing that. People need the tools to connect to their own experiences, understanding what happens to them and how others see it.

Whether it’s the physical journey up the mountain or the internal journey of stepping outside your comfort zone, actively connecting with nature alongside other people invigorates ones existentialism.

So we’ve made it our mission to help people discover better ways of living and working by delivering outdoor experiences encouraging and nurturing human–nature relationships. Are you ready to discover more?

Behind SNM

Social Nature Movement: more than a tripartite name.

Being active outdoors with others is good for our social, spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing. We take that deeper and broader with Social Nature Movement in one Greek idea meaning “Hendiatris” (one through three). We liken that to the Latin phrase “omne trium perfectum” (everything that comes in threes is perfect) emphasising what we do; engaging more people with more places and more practices.

Think about all the activities people do and the essence of those; people socialising, in natural places and practising movement of sorts. Think also about the best things in life: being with friends, free-air living and physical activity.

So, by taking a holistic approach to the great outdoors and bringing awareness to how everything is connected, we delve deep into the soul of a place and reconnect. So you can get lost in the moment and immerse yourself in a journey you’ll never forget.

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Taupo Kayaking Mohaka River

Google Reviews

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
Looking gorgeous
kamal kumar
kamal kumar
04:11 01 Apr 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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Our difference...

Teachable moments, unforgettable learning

The best outdoor experiences are all about the journey. And the best journeys start with awareness.

Whether it’s a bird flying by, a fallen tree we need to scramble over, or an historical site we encounter, we bring awareness to the details. These teachable moments allow you to make memorable connections between the people you’re with, the place you’re exploring, and the nature surrounding you. It’s what Wikipedia describes as “a loosely organized effort by a large group of people to achieve a particular goal”. An actual movement that’s good for our sense of community.

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Agency over your adventure

At Social Nature Movement, you’re not just another number. Even though we go out into nature as a group, we respond to you on an individual level. By getting to know you and bringing you on board at every opportunity, we create an environment where you have agency over your experience.

Discover natural wonders on your doorstep

Even in the most built-up urban areas of New Zealand, there are adventures waiting around every corner. In parks, by the rivers, at local lookout points… the great outdoors is closer than you think.

The sky’s the limit

From tramping and rock climbing, to kayaking, paddle boarding and everything in between, we offer a whole range of land and water-based outdoor activities in and around Auckland with even more New Zealand locations coming soon.

Legendary guides

Our network of qualified guides facilitate immersive nature experiences that inspire you, empower you, and straight-up move you. They give you true insight into the landscape and culture that makes New Zealand so special.

Explore your way

Because our guides have so much experience exploring New Zealand’s natural playgrounds, we can customise (almost) any adventure. We are always here to inspire you with the trips we’ve been on. Just ask.

We welcome everyone with open arms

At Social Nature Movement, anyone and everyone is welcome. We create a friendly, safe environment where you can have fun and be yourself. And we guarantee that you’ll leave with new friendships, a sense of adventure, and a burning desire to come back.

Our Clients

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Our track record

Hours of guided adventures
10500

Hours of guided adventures

Kilometers traveled on foot
598.5

Kilometers traveled on foot

Destinations we've journeyed
1150

Destinations we've journeyed

Have a question? We’re here to help.

email support@snm.nz or call us on 0800 76 62 66

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