Business owners and managers are constantly looking for ways to make their company more profitable and successful. But how do you motivate your employees to help achieve these goals?
Team building activities are a fantastic way to get your staff working together and to their potential. Sometimes companies may overlook team building exercises due to the time required or the expense that is involved, but companies who invest in their people reap the rewards of team building long-term when these events are included into their business strategy.
By encouraging your staff and developing collaborative skills, businesses are going to experience increased morale, productivity, motivation and communication amongst their staff. The improved mental and physical health benefits make for a higher performing team as well as being a lot of fun!
Ōtautahi Christchurch has an excellent range of team building possibilities available to local businesses and those who would like to travel to our beautiful city. We have compiled a selection of fantastic activities to consider when planning your next team building day out.
Escape Artists describe themselves as lovers of puzzles and team challenges – perfect!
Each Escape Room offers an interactive challenge where you are provided a variety of different puzzles and riddles to solve. The aim of the experience is to use the clues to escape the room as quickly as possible! This is a fast-paced and hands on challenge that will get everyone working together to beat the clock. Escape Artists designed the experience with team building in mind, making it the perfect option for a team day out! They recommend a maximum of 6 players per room and have multiple rooms available to choose from.
Escape Artists pride themselves on being an experience that will bring out the best in your team and management staff.
Corporate Challenge have been an industry leader in delivering team events and running corporate bonding opportunities in Christchurch for over 10 years.
Corporate Challenge knows how to motivate and inspire your team to work together in innovative ways! With over 40 team building activities to choose from, including workshops, online and traditional options, Corporate Challenge offers a huge range of different programmes that will suit any team. If you are after a fun, engaging experience that will connect your team and build strong relationships, Corporate Challenge is the perfect option.
Corporate Challenge maintain that whether you are looking for something more relaxed or competitive, there is something to suit everybody. They will work alongside you to create the ultimate event which will bring your team together while creating an epic experience!
Riverside Kitchen Cooking Classes
Culinary team building events are some of the most popular and effective team building experiences available right now.
Riverside Kitchen offer cooking classes that will bring out the inner chef in everybody! Whether you are looking for a relaxed demonstration style class or a hands-on culinary learning experience, they have the class for you. Challenge your employees in a pasta challenge, enjoy a cocktail-style party, or watch and learn as professional chefs create mouth watering meals.
If you’re after a more hands on team building event, why not try the ultimate Master Chef Challenge. Your staff will be split into teams and given a recipe and ingredients to make an hors d’oeuvre. Each dish will be judged ‘Masterchef’ style, and then everybody gets to taste each other’s creation! After the competition, enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Riverside’s very own master chefs. You can even start with a cooking challenge and then enjoy a guided tour around the markets to meet the makers and dine at different stalls for a foodies delight!
All of their classes finish at the table for a three-course meal matched with New Zealand wines, a shake-up to the traditional workplace drinks! They update their cooking classes regularly, providing a wide variety of options for everyone.
Archery Combat Sports
Are you after a fast paced, exciting team building experience? One that will make the heart pump a little faster and the adrenaline flow? Try Archery Combat Sports based in North Canterbury, who are also fully mobile, for some indoor or outdoor fun!
Depending on the age and ability of your group, the game can be adjusted to suit everyone. Archery Tag® is an adrenalin-filled sport that combines the skill of archery with the head-to-head combat excitement of fast paced games such as dodgeball and laser tag. This is a group event that everyone will enjoy, with a range of different options to suit your group size.
The aim of the game is to take out opponents and targets in order to gain points for your team, or be the last person standing. Archery Combat testify that it’s dynamic and great fun, plus, thanks to the soft, foam-tipped arrows, you’ll leave with no bruising! A wonderful option for all ages and abilities within your team, Archery Combat Sports will work with you to put together an unforgettable event.
Adrenalin Forest provides the ultimate team challenge, set up amongst the treetops.
Groups of over 25 can partake in a thrilling game of Capture The Flag that will tests your skills as you navigate a range of different courses. This requires excellent communication and cooperation between team members as you race to collect the most flags in a limited time frame.
Or, if your team is feeling extra brave, try out the course at nighttime! For groups of 15 adults or more, Adrenalin Forest will open up the course at night to truly test your nerves. Guided only by a headlamp, you will navigate the forest in the dark, which offers a whole new experience.
Adrenalin Forest has a revolutionary Clic-iT system ensures a continuous connection to the safety line – this eliminates the risk of accidental removal of both safety devices while on the course. This is the perfect experience for those teams who are looking for an extra challenge!
Hanmer Springs Attractions
If you’re looking for a fun-filled team building experience set amongst beautiful alpine scenery, Hanmer Springs Attractions has a range of outdoor activities for an adventurous day out. The perfect option for those who want to challenge their team to partake in some heart-racing thrills!
Hanmer Springs Attractions offers a Corporate Thrills Package which can include action packed activities such as jet boating, quad biking, bungy jumping and paint balling! Choose from one activity, or go all out for an exciting day of fun. The package can be tailored to suit your schedule, and catering can also be arranged.
Located only 90 minutes from Christchurch, consider treating your team to a day of excitement in Hanmer Springs before taking a bit of time to relax in the world famous hot pools.
If you are hoping for something a less high energy, hot air ballooning with Ballooning Canterbury is a magical and tranquil experience. Enjoy panoramic views across Canterbury and out to the stunning Southern Alps.
Ballooning requires an early start, best at sunrise when the weather is the most calm. Allow 4-5 hours for this remarkable experience with actual flight time being 1 hour. Team members will become involved in pre-flight inflation and packing up after the flight; the pilot and crew encourage guests to become immersed in the experience. Ballooning Canterbury are able to offer courtesy transfers if needed too. With 3 balloons to choose from, ranging from 16 passengers in the largest, 10 in the next and 6 in the smallest, there are options for groups of all sizes when booking your event with Ballooning Canterbury.
Waka on Avon
Waka on Avon is an exciting new experience in the Christchurch CBD where team members can experience the thrill of paddling a hand-crafted waka down the Ōtākaro Avon River.
Departing from Margaret Mahy Playground, this 45 minute waka paddling experience will provide you with cultural and historic knowledge as you paddle along the Ōtākaro Avon River. Your team members will work together to paddle their waka and learn about the importance of the waka to Māori culture. Waka on Avon offer exclusive team building sessions at a time that suits your group to a minimum of 12 people.
This is a fantastic team building activity that will also immerse your team in the rich local Māori culture.
If you need some help from the professionals to put together an epic team building day for your team, click here to book a complimentary consultation and learn how we can assist with your team day out!