Sparks Consulting’s New Zealand Adventure Camp is a three-week program that offers an introduction to the possibilities presented by cross-cultural training in a beautiful location. The program takes place over the New Zealand school holidays, allowing athletes the opportunity to train on water with Kiwi juniors in small boats. The goals of this program are to increase students’ awareness of rowing and themselves via their time with Kiwi juniors, provide world-class small boat training, and provide an opportunity to experience one of the most ecologically diverse locations in arguably the most beautiful country in the world. Small boat experience is not a requirement for the program, though a certain level of maturity and passion for rowing are.
Training takes place in coordination with Nelson Rowing Club in Nelson, New Zealand. Nelson is located on the Tasman Sea on the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island in an area widely reputed for its seafood, produce, diary, hops, and winemaking. Nelson provides access to nearby Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park. Nelson Rowing Club owns a rustic lodge on Lake Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes National Park that is utilized during the program. Kayaking, sailing, and mountain biking also prevail in the Nelson area.
Admission to the program is selective: Athletes must show a willingness to engage a new culture and the ability to appreciate the lessons wrought by such an experience. As always with our international programs, we also require a passion for rowing both given training requirements and its importance as the center of our programming. As students will be both ambassadors for their country and guests at Nelson Rowing Club, certain levels of sophistication and maturity are sought after.