Wairarapa Nature Immersion offers guided group walks through various reserves in the Wairarapa region. The walks are influenced by forest bathing, a nature-based practice originating from Japan in the 1980’s. Since then, forest bathing has spread across the world, including to the shores of New Zealand.
Wairarapa Nature Immersion is the first group to offer this remarkable experience in the Wellington region.
The guided walk supports people to connect their senses with observations along the way for the purpose of experiencing a deep sense of relaxation. Numerous studies into the benefits of forest bathing have also shown that spending time in nature, away from the demands of daily life, helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression while also improving physiological challenges brought on by prolonged stress such as high blood pressure. In other words, many of us could benefit from this experience!
How does it work?
Each walk lasts approximately 2 hours. This includes a warm drink of locally made herbal tea and a nurturing organic bite to eat at the end.
We meet at various reserves such as Fensham Reserve (Carterton), Carters Reserve (Gladstone) and at the foothills of the Tararua Forest Park, at Bucks Road (Featherston).
Each walk is unique, depending on setting and time of the day. However, you can expect your trained guide to take you through the reserve in a calm pace, stopping at various locations and prompting you to engage all of your senses with what is going on around you.
Whilst there are opportunities to share your experience with others, this walk can also be enjoyed in silence.
You can expect a warm and welcoming environment where the demands of daily life will feel distant, allowing you to fully relax. At Wairarapa Nature Immersion, we keep our groups small with up to eight participants per walk. On request, we can allow for a larger number – please enquire.
The walk is suitable for all fitness levels, however contact us if you think you’ll require extra support or have questions about the terrain. This walk can be done in most weathers, but in case of an extreme weather event, we may need to postpone or you can opt for a full refund.