NKMP staff were joined by eight participants on the four-day post-recovery camp, which is aimed to maintain and sustain recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
The camp, which was first held in September 2016, was developed by Nga Kete’s Addiction Services team and supports exercise, self-expression and wellbeing.
Addictions Manager and camp organizer Wendy Ellis said the camp-goers enjoyed a 10km walk on the Kepler Track, experiencing nature, the beautiful venue and creating Kowhaiwhai panels, which they were able to take home with them.
The highlight of the camp among participants was a trip to Milford Sound and scenic stops including Mirror Lakes, the Chasm and Homer Tunnel.
Most of the camp-goers hadn’t been to Milford Sound and described it as stunning.
“All felt like it was a spiritual experience and the highlight of the camp,” Wendy said.
Two of the participants spoken to after the camp said they would strongly recommend it and described it as well-facilitated, and held in a great venue with fun activities.
One participant described the camp as “totally serene” and said a change of scenery had done him good.
He enjoyed meeting new people and the “awesome” staff, and taking part in the activities. He described the trip to Milford Sound as the highlight for him – “Postcards just don’t do it justice!”
Another participant described the camp as healing and said everyone had come together as one big whanau. He especially enjoyed getting in touch with nature and creating the kowhaiwhai panels.