Frequently Asked Questions About Enjoying New Zealand's Outdoor Experiences

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Frequently Asked Questions About Your Experience In New Zealand

How fit do I have to be?
How much does a trip cost?
Where do you go?
What can you offer me?
How experienced are the guides?
Do you have trips for beginners?
What about food?
What about gear and equipment?
What are Live-Life Experiences' goals?

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How fit do I have to be?

Overall a high degree of fitness is NOT required on LIVE LIFE trips. BUT what is required is a medium level of agility.

Almost all of our trips demand that we travel over rough terrain.

It might be in a cave, canyon or on an adventure tramp but all trips need this level of agility.

Find a place where there is a stream with large boulders in it and walk at a normal pace from A to B.

How did you feel?

This is agility.

Did you use your hands?

If you did, we're sorry but Live-life Experiences trips are not for you.

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What do I get for my money?

  • All guide fees.
  • Transport to and from your accommodation (Nelson/ Motueka areas).
  • Department of Conservation (DoC) hut fees, if we overnight in one.
  • DoC concessions (tourism permits).
  • Gate keys and permits if required (if we go onto private land).
  • Use of equipment supplied by Live-Life Experiences.
  • Lunch on the day trips.

What's not included?

  • Food as you will buy and take what you need locally. We will make suggestions. And we can cook and eat communally or individually.
  • Hired equipment you may need for tramping trips which Live-Life Experiences does not provide. E.g. Backpacks, sleeping bags, etc.

Prices are per person, per day. There is a minimum number of people required for each trip, this varies from trip to trip. We try not to exceed 8 people per trip.

Prices quoted everywhere on this website are in New Zealand dollars and include local taxes. ()

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Where do you go?

Adventure Tramping

Live-Life Experiences has a number of exhilarating adventure tramping trips, one-day or multi-day trips. You will need agility and fitness for these New Zealand experiences.

Live-Life Experiences has DoC concessions to guide on most of the tracks and routes in the Top of New Zealand's South Island.

These include:

  • Nelson Lakes National Park.
  • Mt. Richmond State Forest Park.
  • Kahurangi National Park.
  • Also many other lesser known Forest Parks and private land in the Top of the South area.

Rock climbing

Live-Life Experiences has DoC concessions to climb at Paynes Ford and has private access to several other rock climbing crags.


Live-Life Experiences abseils from a variety of locations around Nelson. Some locations are close to the city; some a little further out.


Live-Life Experiences have several caves that we can choose from, each with their own personalities and character; each offering a different type of fun.


Live-Life Experiences has developed a trip hidden in the distant Merino Mountains. It is truly an awesome place and one that very few locals know about!

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How experienced are our guides?

  • The people who guide you are experienced outdoor enthusiasts.
  • They have been teaching, climbing, tramping, abseiling and caving for many years.
  • Your guides know all the pitfalls, dangers and risks that these activities pose.
  • Knowing the risks and managing them has been the key to our 100% safety history.
  • Your guides are well versed in back-up techniques.
  • Much work has been done over the years developing safe and efficient systems.
  • Along with the safety aspects Live-Life Experiences' guides not only love what they do, but enjoy sharing this enjoyment with appreciative visitors too.
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Do you have trips for beginners?

In a word - Yes!

Live-Life Experiences has a large variety of trips available at all levels of skill and fitness.

Some examples:


Rock climbing.


Adventure Tramping.................Bushline over night trip Nelson Lakes offers amazing views awesome feelings of "being" with the hills and country. tailored to the experience of the group.

More Experienced:

Adventure Tramping.................agility and fitness required.

Caving - Technical.................agility and abseiling skills required

Canyoning - agility and abseiling skills required.

The above theme activities are what living life is all about. How well do you know your knots?

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What about food?

Over night tramps

Your guides are experienced outdoor cooks with many year's experience of cooking on camp stoves and billies. We do understand that some people like to supply and cook for themselves and this is OK with us.

Special diets will be catered for, please let us know in advance.

We will talk about food and what to take. We have some good suggestions. Details will be available on booking.

Day trips

We will arrange food requirements on booking trips. We have some delightful options.

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What about gear and equipment?

Rock climbing - All basic equipment supplied but if you have other gear you're welcome to bring it! (chalk bag, etc.).

Abseiling - All equipment supplied.

Caving - All gear and equipment supplied.

Tramping - Cooking gear and party first aid are supplied but you are required to bring all other gear (ref to equipment list on booking).

Live-Life Experiences are happy to arrange hire equipment if required.

Canyoning - All equipment supplied.

Additional information and advice on clothing, tents, etc., will be supplied when you book your trip with us.

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What are Live-Life Experiences' goals?

We have a MISSION STATEMENT ...... well several really!

To give people an exciting and memorable life experience.

To give people the opportunity to push themselves that little bit further in a safe environment.

Having some fun above all!

We look forward to taking you on a Live-Life Experience!

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Friends, resources and generally useful links.....

Nelson & Abel Tasman region links
Abel Tasman Guesthouse Family Guesthouse at the Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman Haven, Marahau Motel style accommodation in Marahau

Annick House Bed & Breakfast Nelson Friendly Nelson Bed & Breakfast

Aquapackers Floating Backpackers Abel Tasman Accommodation

Avalon Manor Motels Affordable luxury, new, comfortable motel units.

Bed and Breakfasts Nelson Tasman Bed and Breakfasts Nelson Tasman

Bellbird Lodge Bed and breakfast accommodation, Kaiteriteri

Bloom Fields Bed & Breakfast, Motueka Bed & breakfast accommodation, Motueka

Brightwater Motels, Nelson Motel accommodation, restaurant and event venue, Nelson

Buena Vista Apartments Accommodation for the Abel Tasman

Bush & Mountain Ventures Mountain cabin, private accommodation

Clayridge House B&B & Cottages Bed & breakfast & self-contained cottages

Copper Beech Fine Accommodation Fine bed and breakfast accommodation in Motueka

Dehra Doon Chalets & Holiday Home Riwaka accommodation between Nelson & the Abel Tasman

Eden's Edge Backpackers New backpackers in Motueka

Equestrian Lodge Motels Motueka Quiet, family friendly motels in Motueka

Happy Apple Backpackers Backpackers in Motueka

Harris Hill Cottages Nelson farm accommodation overlooking Tasman Bay

Hat Trick Lodge Backpackers Motueka backpackers, Hat Trick Lodge

Kaiteriteri Apartments Self-contained apartments in Kaiteriteri

Lakeside Lodge Luxury Bed & Breakfast, Motueka Lakeside Lodge Luxury Motueka Accommodation

Motueka Homestay B and B Bed and Breakfast in Motueka

Ocean View Chalets Beautiful Abel Tasman Accommodation

Queen Vic Bed and Breakfast Motueka Bed and Breakfast

Riwaka Hotel Riwaka Hotel, great food, beer, wine & functions, conference and events centre

Snowball Manor Bed & Breakfast Luxury bed and breakfast in Wakefield, Nelson

Tasman Bay Apartments Friendly hospitality in our modern, waterfront apartments in Riwaka, Tasman

The Abel Tasman, Nelson, New Zealand Abel Tasman directory & events listing

The Barn Backpacker Accommodation & Camping Backpackers accommodation and campsite in Marahau

Torlesse Motels Little Kaiteriteri Lovely Abel Tasman accommodation in Kaiteri, Tasman, Nelson

Treedimensions Farmstay Modern accommodation, organic orchard, Motueka

Villa On The Bay, Luxury Accommodation Luxury Accommodation in New Zealand's Golden Bay

Vineyard Accommodation Tasman Organic vineyard holiday accommodation, Tasman, Nelson

Waitakiroa Farmstay Bed and Breakfast, Motueka Farmstay bed & breakfast, Motueka

Wall Street Accommodation Self-contained accommodation, Kaiteriteri

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