About Us

The Salvation Army Blue Mountain Adventure Centre (BMAC) is an outdoor adventure centre in the heart of New Zealand. Our mission is to help people discover and live out their God-given potential through the challenge of adventure.

Our Story

The centre was established in 1990 and has become a well-known and trusted outdoor education centre that is used by organisations, schools and various groups from around the country. With a strong focus on safety and an enthusiastic team of staff, BMAC is the perfect choice for a safe, fun and memorable adventure.

Surrounded by the stunning adventure playground of Tongariro National Park, BMAC can be a place for reflection, learning, and of course, fun! This natural landscape provides the space for a wide range of outdoor activities, and the excellent on-site facilities allow for a comfortable stay.

With many years of combined experience in outdoor leadership and instruction, our team are one of the many reasons people come back year after year. Our staff are trained in outdoor safety management and our centre maintains excellence in safety procedures.

We are totally committed to providing a high-quality experience that will allow your group to grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

Come along for the adventure!

Safety Management

The safety of your group is our top priority and we have an excellent safety record spanning over 30 years.

BMAC complies with National Safety Standards and is audited by AdventureMark for all outdoor activities. This means that we meet or exceed benchmark safety standards and demonstrate a commitment to safety and quality.

In addition, we:

  •             are audited by The Salvation Army Health & Safety Department
  •             have our ropes course inspected annually by Dynamic Access and Adventure

In all cases, we continue to receive excellent feedback on our systems.

The nature of our activities and the unique character of the outdoors, means that risk cannot be completely eliminated.

To manage the risks inherent in what we do, BMAC has an extensive safety management system which includes:

  • comprehensive policies on all aspects of our operation including staff, equipment, activities and safety procedures

  • AMP’s (Activity Management Plan)

  • emergency procedures

  • instructor competencies

  • safety checks & logs of safety equipment

Although there is always a level of risk in any outdoor activity, our goal is to provide the safest experience possible, in a supportive and fun environment.

Staff and Instructors

Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward

Senior Instructor

Stephen is our very own walking talking Soldier from The Salvation Army. He also brings his funny accent from the UK along with 10 years work experience in the outdoors over there. Not only does he love the outdoors, he also teaches partnered dancing, loves gaming on pc or console and motorbiking round twisty roads! He brings with him a relentless enthusiasm and optimism that the outdoors can have a positive impact on people’s lives if used well… and a cookie monster onesie that he refuses to apologise for.

Quals: NZOIA Bush 1, NZOIA Rock 1, Raft Guide Grade III, National Certificate in outdoor recreation leadership in Tramping and Mountain Biking, BCU Five Star Kayak and Kayak coaching award, Level 2 canoe coach award, Outdoor First Aid Certificate.

Phillip White

Phillip White

Instructor

Phil joined us beginning of 2020 straight from Timaru and his Diploma of Outdoor Education and risk management. He is not only very capable out in the field, he is a thinking man as well, completing a BSc in Marine Biology Ecology and Biodiversity at Victoria University. He continues a strong family background in tramping and also brings BMAC’s Soldier count to 3 as he signed up in years gone by and continues with that covenant today. Phil embraces all the area has to offer and enjoys crushing it out on mountain bikes, kayaking on the rivers or scaling the craggy heights. He also has mad guitar skills and can hold a tune (that’s nice to listen to). Possibly Phil's greatest feat of endurance is taming the wild beast he calls a beard. It really is a thing of beauty.

Quals: NZOIA Rock, Abseil, Kayak and Bush Leader, Raft Guide Grade II, Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Management, Pre Hospital Emergency Care.

Rosemarie Keen

Rosemarie Keen

Instructor

Rose was super keen to start at BMAC so she finished polytech on Friday and started working for us on Monday! Already settling in to life in Raurimu she has explored our local climbing spots, paddled her way down some of our picturesque rivers and summited some of the local peaks. She joins us from Winton, in the deep Deep South. She brings to the team her skills as an instructor, the ability to drive heavy plant machinery and speaks various languages. See you soon, до скорой встречи, à bientôt

Quals: NZOIA Bush 1, NZOIA Rock 1, NZOIA Kayak Leader,  Raft Guide Grade II, Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Management, Pre Hospital Emergency Care

 

Brooke Carpenter

Brooke Carpenter

Apprentice Instructor

Brooke comes from a long line of outdoors people, with her family being involved with BMAC for many years. She is our canyoning enhusiast and loves jumping off the big stuff. Brooke is a talented athlete and also somehow manages to outshine even Stephen on the dance floor.

Quals:  National Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Tramping), Pre Hospital Emergency Care.

Claire Wyatt

Claire Wyatt

Adventure Therapist

Claire has trained and worked in several countries and brings more than 20 years experience in the outdoors to BMAC. As well as her outdoor experiences, Claire is a trained counsellor and adventure therapist, combining these skill sets to bring about the best outcomes for those she works with. While Claire loves the Outdoors and will happily engage in any and all activities, she also loves running in the mountains and can sometimes be heard singing her heart out too!

Quals:  Too many to list! Some are NZOIA Alpine 1, Rock 1, Kayak Flat Water, Raft Guide Grade II, Diploma of Teaching, Pre Hospital Emergency Care.

Kyle Aitken

Kyle Aitken

Centre Manager

Kyle has come back to BMAC. He started here 2006 and worked as an instructor for 6 years. He left with his wife Hania to travel and see more of the world spending time in Aus, UK and the Czech Republic before hearing the call to come back to BMAC. He and Hania left with two kids and arrived back with four. Kyle is keen to see BMAC help ignite a fire in those that come, they can take away and pass on. He loves his rafting, pushing groups to the max, but is equally at home in the office pushing paper around. 

Quals:  NZOIA Rock 1, Bush 1, Canoe, Sea Kayak 1, Raft Guide Grade III, Pre Hospital Emergency Care.

Sal Beisly

Sal Beisly

Administrator and Guide

Sal is our very own whirlwind round the office. Born in Beckanham England, Sal had her 1st birthday on the boat as she travelled over to NZ. She worked as an Occupational Therapist for 10 years then bible college for another 3. She works with Search and Rescue and is our resident expert on The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, having guided groups more than 200 times!! She coordinates with clients, works fast and runs far. Although Sal will tell you she doesn’t walk or run, but she does CHARGE!

Gregg Beisly

Gregg Beisly

Operations Manager

Gregg comes to us from a bit of everywhere Aus, India, Bolivia and England. Fair to say, he has a wide range of experience with allsorts of cultures, people and places. He joins us with his wife Sal and six kids. Gregg's passion is the mountains, wherever they might be, exploring all they have to offer is definitely Greggs happy place. That might be using skis, snowboard, crampons, trekking boots or climbing shoes. Gregg brings a wealth of experience from working and playing in a variety of places in the outdoors. He also has some amazing stories from adventures around the world…and a sense of humor honed in the Sahara desert.

Quals:  NZOIA Alpine 2, Rock 2, Bush 2, Pre Hospital Emergency Care.

Address

17 Pito Street, Raurimu
RD 1, Owhango, 3989
Central North Island
New Zealand

Call Us

07 892 2630