A Freaky Friday in Windy Welly
We’ve got your guide to a frighteningly fun time in the coolest little capital. Follow in the footsteps of Officer O’Leary or choose to face your fears head on, whatever you do, don’t miss out on these awesome activities!
1. The Witching Hour- Haunted Mini Golf & Bar
Check out one of Wellington’s newest spooky spots for a bit of glow-in-the-dark mini golf. A round will cost you $18.50 per person and when the sun goes down this place becomes an 18+ venue which makes it a perfect date spot for all you thrifty ghouls and goblins. Take advantage of their Friday happy hour deal between 5-7pm and get a round of mini putt and any $330ml drink for $25. BUT BE WARNED: With supernatural themes and special effects, the Witching Hour doesn’t offer refunds to those who are too scared to finish the course. Find more details here.
2. Fear Factory on Cuba Street
Are you brave enough to enter one of the scariest places in Wellington? Our hearts were racing before we even made it into the first room! Take a walk through their Nautical Nightmare experience for the fright of your life before heading off to one of our other Freaky Friday activities. Save $10 on adult admission when you book online!
3. Sweet Axe Throwing Co.
Jason won't be the only one who can wield an axe! Make sure you’ve got the skills to send the boogeyman back where he came from by swinging in for an axe throwing lesson today. Get your crew ready and join one of our Mixed Group Sessions for only $55 per person. Book today and we’ll slash the price. Get 13% off any booking between now and September 30th with the promo code: FRIDAY13. TODAY ONLY!
4. Check out the Wellington Paranormal haunts!
From the Vic Tunnel to the Hataitai Bakery, Wellington’s most famous mockumentary has filmed all over the city. Heck, even the moving plastic “Bucket Fountain” in the Cuba Street Mall serves as a portal to the underworld in one of the episodes of Wellington Paranormal. Grab a map and check out all the nerdy details here.
5. Take your ghost hunting to the next level
With this book from James Gilberd “Spooked: Exploring the paranormal in New Zealand” you’ll be solving mysteries by day and trying not to have nightmares at night! “In Spooked, you'll encounter a range of beliefs, theories, a bit of history, accounts of actual paranormal investigations, creepy stories of ghostly encounters, and some pretty heavy science stuff that might just make the hinges of your brain creak apart.”
The Hottest Trend in Corporate Team Building: 5 Reasons Why Axe Throwing is the Ideal Bonding Activity
Let’s face it, your team is incredible and deserves a little appreciation this winter season. So what will it be? Christmas in July? End of financial year party? Social club event? Staff rewards party? Whatever your plan, just make sure it’s memorable! We all know how much “fun” bowling can be, and if we’re honest, no one really wants to hear Carol belt out “It’s raining men” at karaoke for the fourth year in a row, so why not do something different!
Finding an activity that an entire team or office will enjoy can seem like an impossible task. But, believe it or not, axe throwing can be the perfect activity for all ages, interests, and fosters an environment for team bonding.
Still skeptical? Check out our top five reasons to use axe throwing for team building.
#1 AXE THROWING IS AN INCLUSIVE & ACCESSIBLE ACTIVITY
You're limited only by your ability to listen and adjust! Axe throwing is not divided by gender, weight or physicality (even at an elite level). It's an accessible sport for people with physical limitations or disabilities; we've successfully taught people in moon-boots, wheelchairs, walkers, people who are deaf and even blind. We use tried and tested coaching methods, calmness and positivity- we are experts (or axe-perts as we identify!) at teaching people how to throw axes!
#2 LEARNING A NEW SKILL FUELS CREATIVITY & COLLABORATION- PLUS IT'S SUPER BONDING!
Taking the chance to try something new takes guts. Showing your team that they have what it takes to slice those bullseyes will give them a morale-boost and an eagerness to continue smash their goals.
Now, we understand that suggesting axe throwing might be met with some resistance- There may be staff who are not sold on the idea. We've seen people of all walks of life overcome the self talk that tells them their not strong enough or co-ordinated enough. Overcoming fear and negative self talk leaves our least confident customers brimming with pride - it's an incomparable thrill!
#3 TEAM BASED GAMES BUILD BETTER COMMUNICATION
Bringing your team together outside of the office can be a fun and effective way to improve teamwork and identify people's strengths and weaknesses.
It builds trust, increases collaboration & communication and mitigates conflict. Effective team building improves company culture and can result in more engaged employees, which is good for boosting the bottom line!
If you've noticed fractures appearing within your team, or if you're keen to reignite the excitement and bond within your work group, selecting the right activity can draw out essential communication skills. Our team-based games transform quiet groups, break the ice and get the room cheering each other on!
#4 CELEBRATE INDIVIDUALITY & SMALL WINS TO MAKE EVERYONE FEEL LIKE A CHAMPION
When was the last time a whole room of people cheered for you? For most people, it was back at graduation, or at a school sports event. Being in a room filled with positivity and cheer is the antidote to the craziness of this past year. 2020 gave us all a whooping, and we're only just starting to discover the many ways it's impacting our collective mental health.
We're not promising to cure a global pandemic but we can offer some respite and help to re-energise your team. We're all about celebrating small wins and using positivity and connection to empower. We know if you're not sinking your axe into the bullseye, it's our chance to find the explanation that resonates with you!
#5 FINALLY, AN ACTIVITY THAT DOESN'T CENTRE AROUND ALCOHOL!
While most of us enjoy the odd tipple, alcohol and team building can bring it's own challenges! Often praised as "social lubricant" more and more companies are steering clear of alcohol-focussed bonding sessions. It can be awkward and noninclusive for those who don't drink, lead to unhealthy relationships with alcohol, result in reputational damage and we've all experienced those nights where the bar tab gets a little out of control!
Axe throwing is intoxicating in itself, as coaches we see groups getting louder, chanting and cheering, talking excitedly & generally becoming more gregarious with the added bonus that they are also becoming more coordinated!