Nelson learners explore Aotearoa’s great outdoors

Learner Stories

Summer isn’t too far off now and, while it’s only been a few months since New Zealand’s borders opened up to the world, learners at English Language Partners (ELP) Nelson got to be tourists for one day - exploring a local national park before the busy tourist season kicks off again.

Thanks to Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles, 65 learners enjoyed an exciting day trip to spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, which was filmed as part of a Seven Sharp feature on the ‘re-opening’ of the Nelson / Tasman region post Covid.

Accompanied by learners from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Nelson English Centre, at Kaiteriteri beach they boarded a 150-seater sea shuttle for a day out on the waves.

Everyone had a fabulous time. “It was great to have an opportunity to spend time with learners outside the classroom,” says Jane Linn, teacher at ELP Nelson.

As New Zealand’s smallest yet one of our most popular national parks, Abel Tasman is known for its golden sand beaches and turquoise, crystal clear waters. For many, it was their first time on a boat and their first time visiting the Abel Tasman.

Despite the weather not being the best with strong winds, rough sea, and heavy rain ELP teacher Marie Noire says “Learners on the top part of the boat seemed to enjoy being soaked! 😉”.

One learner says “I like rough sea and going through big waves, cold, windy weather” and another learner’s highlight was “Standing at the front of the boat and getting wet with sea spray”.

Image of English Language Partners teacher and learners on Able Tasman sea shuttle

Luckily, hardly anyone seemed to suffer the effects of sea sickness and spirits were high, especially when some very special visitors were spotted frolicking through the waves. “I loved the seals and seal babies” says one learner, while others enjoyed the view cruising past Split Apple rock and the picture-perfect beaches.

We are incredibly grateful to Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles this very special experience. Definitely a day to remember!

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English Language Groups

  • 2-4 hours per week
  • Learn Kiwi English in a class
  • Learn about New Zealand culture
  • Go on day trips
  • Meet other people in your community
  • Qualified teachers
  • Fees may apply. Ask at your centre.
  • In all centres

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