The health and safety of our workshop participants and instructors is our first priority and is what we think about first as we are dealing with this evolving situation.

As the situation continues to develop we reserve the right to change this policy.

Updates for Domestic Travellers – Last Update: 15th Feb 2021

For International visitors please see information further down the page.

We are able to run our workshops under Level 1 & 2 restrictions with increased measures in place to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. Please read below the changes we are implementing for Level 2 to minimise the risk and spread of COVID-19.

We are unable to run our workshops under Level 3 & 4 restrictions. If your workshop will be affected by this we will be contacting you soon to reschedule your workshop.

Operating Policy for Level 1 Restrictions
We are able to run our workshops as per normal under alert level 1. We will be maintaining strict hygiene practises on all of our tours. Please see “Protecting yourself from COVID-19” below.

Operating Policy for Level 2 Restrictions

  • We ask that anyone with flu-like symptoms or feels unwell at any time before or during the workshop to inform us immediately and socially distance themselves as much as possible from the rest of the group.
  • We ask that if you have had contact with anyone who may have COVID-19 or is self-isolating because of contact with COVID-19 to please let us know before you arrive at the workshop.
  • We will have our business QR code displayed at each workshop so that you can sign in. We will also be using our booking system to note who has attended our workshops.
  • We will be practising social distancing when we are in our classrooms and out in the field. Before and after each workshop we will be sanitizing the surfaces in our classrooms and facilities.
  • If your workshop requires that we travel together in our vans we strongly recommend the use of facial masks, our guides will be wearing them.
  • On entering our vans or classrooms we will ask you to please sanitize your hands.
  • We ask that while on our workshops that you do not share food or equipment with other guests.
  • And as always we ask that everyone washes their hands - A lot!
  • Updates for International Travellers – NZ Borders remain closed to International Travellers – Last Update: 15th Feb 2021

    Updates for International Travellers – NZ Borders remain closed to International Travellers.
    We are able to run our workshops as per normal under alert level 1. We will be maintaining strict hygiene practises on all of our tours.

    Australian Tourists: We are taking Australian bookings from August 2021 onwards as we have been advised that there is likely to be a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand by this time. All bookings will be reviewed at 60 days prior to departure to assess the likelihood of travel.

    International Arrivals: It is looking increasingly unlikely that NZ will be welcoming international arrivals until late 2021 or even early 2022. Please contact us if you are interested in one of our tours

    Please note that spaces from August 2021 and all of 2022 are filling fast due the deferred bookings we have had from COVID.

    Upcoming tours & workshops

    We want you to know that we are monitoring the situation closely, and we will make adjustments to our workshop scheduling and itineraries as necessary. We note that the mandatory 14-day isolation period for international arrivals is likely to affect international travellers who are booked on upcoming tours.

    We will not allow on the workshop any guest who, within 14 days before the workshop start date, has had contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having COVID-19, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to COVID-19. If you have any health concerns, please get in touch with us prior to arriving on tour. If we are in any way concerned about your health, we reserve the right to ask you to exclude yourself from the tour at any point.

    Protecting yourself from COVID-19

    To find out the latest information and news releases on COVID-19 follow these links:
    https://www.govt.nz/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/
    https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

    We also encourage the following guidelines recommending by the Ministry of Health:

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • We also recommend:

  • We encourage you to refrain from all but non-essential travel before your workshop. If you must travel, then we need to know where you have been.
  • Practice “social distancing”. You should be keeping a safe distance from others as much as possible in your daily life.
  • Anyone can also contact the Ministry of Health dedicated phone line for COVID-19 on 0800 358 545
    We will be following the Ministry of Health guidelines for our workshops.
    We will be sending this policy to you before your workshop, regarding the virus, our policies, and the precautionary measures we will be taking.

    COVID-19 Procedures for Tours and Workshops

    On arrival at any of our workshops, we will be asking you to do the following:

  • Sanitize your hands
  • Maintain good hygiene practises i.e. coughing into a tissue or sleeve
  • Refrain from touching others including handshaking and hugging
  • Keep as much distance between other participants as possible
  • Limit the use of shared resources e.g. pens
  • We will be doing the following to make sure we do everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19

  • Asking anyone who is unwell to not join the group
  • Sanitize any communal hard surfaces
  • Have hand sanitizer available