Where: Te Anau, New Zealand. New Zealand is one of our favorite places in the whole wide world, so when one of our students asked us to come and do a training we said YES! It also doesn’t hurt that Jason’s brother and family live in Te Anau! We will be offering a few adventure inspired extra curricular activities through out the training (think packrafting, SUP acro, and slacklining) as well. This is a BEAUTIFUL place! Come do the training and play in the off hours!
Ideally you have trained with us before. If not, we ask that you come recommended from someone that knows our ways and thinks that you are a good fit!
How do I apply?
This will be a small training, with our max limit at 16-18 people as we want to be able to go deep with the crew. We ask that all applicants be serious in their desire to attend. If serious, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us why you want to come to this training. From there, we will set up a relaxed over the phone or skype conversation to make sure this training is in fact the right one for you!
What is included?
This is a residential training in the sense that we are renting out houses and will be assigning people to a house! Since there are so many different diets out there, we will not be providing food. However, through out the training there will be many opportunities for group meals and potlucks.
Jan 27 – Feb 3rd
Meet and greet on the eve of Friday, Feb 26th. Check out: morning of Feb 3rd. The training itself will run Saturday (Jan 27) through Saturday (Feb 3). Accommodation will start Friday night of the 26th, and end Friday night Feb 2, so you will need to check out before our last session, but we will plan the times of training accordingly.
Te Anau is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and although it is quite remote it is very easy to get to. International: There are lots of ways to get there, and we’ve broken it down for you dirtbag style. If you are saavy, you can usually get cheaper tickets than these, but this is just a quick search on kayak. Tickets may go down in winter, but do not wait too long.
EASIEST: Fly to Queenstown Airport. $1500-1600 from major west coast airports (PDX, SEA, SFO. LAX etc). From Queenstown, get the bus to Te Anau, which takes 2 hours and costs about $25. https://www.intercity.co.nz/cheap-south-island-buses/bus-queenstown-to-te-anau/ There are several other companies that do this bus too.
CHEAPER but longer: Fly to Christchurch. This is about $200-300 cheaper from most west coast hubs. It sometimes has quicker flight times too, but not always. Bus from Christ church to Te Anau is only about $35, but takes 10 hours. https://www.intercity.co.nz/ There are several other companies that do this run too, although usually only once a day. So plan accordingly, as this bus leaves in the AM and gets to Te Anau in the evening.
CHEAPEST, but more pain in the travel ass: Fly to Auckland. About $400-500 cheaper than Queenstown. From here, fly on a regional carrier (jetstar, or others) to either Queenstown or Dunedin. Then take a bus to Te Anau. For a really good bargainer, this can be found for about $100 (flight and bus). But take more logistics.
We are working on the possibility of getting a van for transport from Queenstown to Te Anau, but this will only be possible once participants have sent us their confirmed itineraries, and if there are enough people coming in close together.
Te Anau: This is a magical little town nestled at the edge of the stunning Fiordland mountains on the shores Lake Te Anau. There are two grocery stores, lots of outdoor shops, a lot of places to eat, get coffee, etc. There are some amazing park spaces and trails near town that head for miles into the mountains. Swimming in the lake is a favorite activity for the locals, as is SUP. Everything in town is walking distance (5-15 min) from the accommodations, including grocery, food, coffee, and the training venue.
Eating: Rather than try to accommodate a wide range of increasingly complex dietary needs, this training will NOT include food. But each house has a kitchen! For budget minded trainees, we suggest that you plan on doing some shopping at the local grocery store and eating most meals at home. Eating out can get expensive in Te Anau, but there are many good moderate priced options (The pie shop is our favorite – and we are talking savory meat and cheese and Thai style pies!).
Weather: Temps in Jan/Feb are an pretty stable, with average highs around 70, and nightly lows around 50. So pretty perfect. There are often a few days around then that get up into the low 80’s too, so bring your suit and plan on a dip in the lake.
NZ Dollars: The NZD is pretty weak at the moment, so the US Dollar tends to go a bit farther. Currently it is about 1.33 NZD for 1 USD. That means when you exchange 100 USD you’ll get 133 NZD. That said, since it is a small town in the middle of nowhere, some things are more expensive. So it is about a wash. For example (we do most of our international price comparisons via the coffee metric): a cappuccino at the Olive Tree Cafe is $4 NZD, which translates to $3 USD.
ExtraCuriculars: It would not be a JandC training without some adventure. So expect a few small optional activities outside of the normal training. But the Acro TT will be very focused. So we are in the process of looking into the logistics of an “Adventure add-on” for those interested. This would be for a few days after (hopefully most of you traveling are already planning some extra time in NZ) and likely include some packrafting, SUP, hiking, caves, etc. You know, NZ outdoor epic stuff. We’ll keep you informed.
REFUND POLICY: The initial $250 deposit is non-refundable, as it is used to pay for the housing deposits and training space rental. Te Anau is very popular in Jan/Feb (end of NZ summer) so we have had to rent the housing this far in advance and will not be able to add/subtract anything, as the rental options are dwindling by the day! If you do pay a deposit, and we deem that this is not the right training for you, we will offer you a full refund of the deposit. If YOU decide not to come, you will forfeit that deposit. Outstanding balance for the TT is due by Dec 1st, where we will owe the remaining balances on the space, housing etc. Please contact us if this date for final payment is not feasible, and we can discuss payment options. Monies paid are non-refundable, but in the case of life altering circumstances where you cannot attend, we will consider rolling over your payment (minus the $250) to a future Acro MM TT. We endeavor to make this training accessible, and the cost reasonable, so please do not hesitate to reach out with any concerns of questions.