Constructure team conquers Abel Tasman track

The Constructure team has recharged the batteries for another busy year with their annual staff field trip.

The Christchurch-based structural engineering firm is not only rapidly growing in size but also developing a reputation for its successful staff trips to create stronger personal relationship, get some exercise, and most of all, have some fun away from the office.

This year, the company decided to return to the Abel Tasman National Park which had proven to be a staff favourite on a previous outing.


Sixteen members of the Constructure team signed up to walk the entire length of the Abel Tasman track, guided by local experts from Wilsons.

Owner Cory Bedford says that the size of the companys Auckland office is increasing constantly since it opened two years ago, so this gathering was a great opportunity to bring his South Island and North Island teams together.

We flew three of our Auckland staff to the South Island and they really enjoyed getting to know the rest of the crew a bit better, says Mr Bedford.

Some of them talk to each other on the phone on an almost daily basis, but when you all have an amazing experience like this together, you get to know each other in a completely different way. Its just great team-building, says Mr Bedford.

Once the weary legs had reached Mairehau on the southern point of the Abel Tasman track, the team headed to Nelson to also give the arms good work-out with a paddle board session on the scenic local harbour.

Mr Bedford says the team really seemed to enjoy themselves and that they appreciated the company giving staff the time to get away from the office.

The annual trips are good fun and great for team morale. The staff get to know each other outside of the office and I think it is helping our company to retain staff, says Mr Bedford.

Most importantly, the whole week away, nobody was allowed to talk about work.