Adventure Development New Zealand

Helping young people & whānau dealing with alcohol & drug issues and/or mental health difficulties.

Adventure Development Ltd (ADL) is a not for profit organisation that aims to help young people & whanau who are dealing with alcohol & drug issues and/or mental health difficulties.

Our kaupapa

Each person is valuable and has the right to make decisions about their life. We also believe that people must learn to accept responsibility for their decisions and that this is often key in learning good decision making in the future. Adventure Development maintains a harm reduction focus meaning that the aim of intervention is to  lessen substance related harm to themselves and to others. 

 ADL’s origin dates back to 1992 when Psychologist Colin Goldthorpe merged strength based therapies, ecological models and the therapeutic use of the outdoors to create a pilot that has led to a 20+ year history of successfully assisting hundreds of young people and whanau to overcome obstacles and move forward into more happy and fulfilling lives. Now the outdoors is a component of some but not all of our work.

  • ADL has offices in Dunedin, Timaru and Invercargill but covers rural areas via mobile staff.
  • We can see you at school, in the community or at home
  • Our services are are free to clients and their families and funded by the Southern District Health Board, South Canterbury DHB, and by the Ministry of Social Development

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Clive McArthur

03 218 8833

PO Box 189, Dunedin

"All our young people possess strengths and resources which can help them solve problems and move forward in life."

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