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WHAT YOU DID: Two-days of team-building
challenges in the remote wilderness of the
Mount Aspiring National Park, Lake Wanaka.
Flight Centre Australia’s executive general
manager, Tom Walley, said at previous Flight
Centre management meetings, staff tended
to sit and socialise within their respective
regional groups instead of networking with
peers from other states. To foster company-
wide collaboration the participants were split
into teams comprised of staff from different
regions to encourage team-building and also
to share and discuss different ideas and
ways of doing business.
Activities and challenges in Wanaka
included: canyoning, descending down
through a deep canyon via abseiling, sliding,
swimming and jumping; jet-boating up the
white water of the Matukituki River into Mt
Aspiring National Park, stand-up paddle
boarding; scenic helicopter flight; 10km hike
through the national park to the spectacular
Rob Roy Glacier; camping overnight in the
wilderness; and a mystery box dinner
challenge that involved the preparation of
F&B: Dinner - wild rabbit to be skinned and
prepared by teams in a Masterchef meets Bear
Grylls mystery box challenge... and all to be
cooked in the challenging setting of a remote
backcountry hut. Gourmet BBQ lunch on the
last day at the conclusion of the activities,
hosted in the hangar of Aspiring Helicopters and featuring local venison and beef from the farm on
which the hangar is located as well as snow and ice direct from one of the local glaciers to cool the
beer and wine.
CHALLENGES: A key consideration was that the Flight Centre audience were Australian city
executives and not used to the challenges of an alpine, wilderness environment. What is offered
in Lake Wanaka is extreme compared to what they are used to. Glaciers, helicopters, hiking,
canyoning, paddle boarding and 4WDing through high country stations in the mountains – the
kind of activities not readily available to an Aussie executive! Each activity chosen needed to
provide three things to each executive: for participants to feel out of their comfort zone (but in a
safe / controlled format), to have a huge amount of fun, and to have a huge sense of
achievement within their peer groups / teams. At all stages of the two-day event, the group
were accompanied by experienced and qualified mountain guides – including overnight at the
campsite. In fact, the guides were the judges for the mystery box cooking challenge.
Not all of the delegates had tents, sleeping bags, etcetera, for camping overnight, so all of
the required equipment was purchased new for the event. At the conclusion of the event all of
the equipment was gifted to Otago Boys High School who had generously allowed Flight Centre
use of its alpine hut.
Coordination and logistics in a remote, wilderness area could have been a major difficulty, but
the Lake Wanaka operators are used to working together and their cooperation and teamwork
lead to a seamless event.
SPECIAL TOUCHES: The BBQ in the helicopter hangar with beer and local wine chilled by ice
from the glacier the group had visited; swimming in the glacial-fed waters of the Matukituki
River... one crazy team decided, in an attempt to earn additional team-building points, they’d all
strip off and plunge into the icy waters of the river after their jet-boating trip; star gazing in the
overnight camp; the welcoming, friendly and passionate locals, specifically the activity operators
used during the trip, was mentioned by almost all delegates as a highlight.
CLIENT'S COMMENTS: This was the very first Flight Centre’s Great Area Leader Challenge.
The objectives were to take our guys out of their comfort zone. We wanted them to challenge
themselves, spend time with people they don't normally mix with and push themselves to
complete tasks they never had. We wanted a variety of activities, spectacular scenery and some
real physical challenges. Lake Wanaka was the perfect place for that.
- Tom Walley, executive GM for Flight Centre Australia m
NAME: Flight Centre Australia - Greater
Area Leader’s Challenge
TYPE: Annual sales meeting / special
BY: Jointly coordinated and managed by
Lake Wanaka Tourism, Kinetica (a
Wanaka project and event management
company) and Flight Centre Active Travel
(a division of Flight Centre)
CLIENT: Flight Centre Australia
VENUE(S): Lake Wanaka and Mount
Aspiring National Park
PAX: 55 of Flight Centre’s senior
NO. ON ORGANISING TEAM: Three
Rob Roy Glacier.
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