Are you 18 or younger?
Have a love of adventure?

SEACHANGE is a mailing list for young people who might one day step aboard the Spirit of New Zealand. Sign up and you'll find out the real story from onboard the ship.

0800 472 454

School & Community Porthole

We love working with secondary schools and community groups!

The Trust feels very privileged to have many passionate Spirit of Adventure advocates from across the country. We welcome anyone who might be interested in supporting us by promoting our voyages in their region, be it your school, community group or organisation. We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to get involved, so please drop me a line.

Work with us

Julia Bryant
Community and Engagement

Phone: 021 554 453

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  • 13 Jul 2017

    Message from our CEO - While the country is currently experiencing some adverse weather conditions, Spirit of New Zealand is enjoying a relatively pleasant motor sail in a 12 knot breeze.

    Tonight (Thursday) the ship is expecting to anchor in Mimiwhangata Bay overnight, north of Tutukaka which will see it well sheltered from the expected south westerly winds.

    The thinking is then to get around to the Bay of Islands possibly Friday or Saturday.

    With winds expected to stay in the westerly quarter for the next day or two, the Spirit of New Zealand is well positioned in the lee of the land to handle the effects of the current adverse weather - Dean Lawerence

  • 19 Jan 2017

    Regarding the adverse weather that is currently being reported for much of the country; Spirit of New Zealand is fine and well enjoying the beauty of Kawau Bay.

  • 09 Jan 2017

    Do you know who controls the social media for your school? I have a great post you can use to promote the Spirit of New Zealand if you are keen. Just email me - if you are interested.

  • 04 Jan 2017

    Happy New Year. Hope you are all enjoying the break. I am still in the office if you need anything or have any questions.

  • 22 Dec 2016

    Merry Christmas to all. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Who we work with


North Waikato and Taranaki Bluelight have been working with us for the last few years, sponsoring youth from their local communities to take part in our 10-day programme. Students return from their voyage, motivated and excited about their future.


As one of the key partners of the Hyundai funded Pinnacle Programme, Spirit of Adventure assists to grow and develop future New Zealand leaders. This unique mentoring programme is for passionate teenagers between 15-18 years from a variety of backgrounds and hailing from all corners of New Zealand. Twenty students per year are selected for Stage One of the programme, during which they complete a 10-day voyage aboard Spirit of New Zealand. This phase lays the foundations for self-exploration and personal development.


  • “The friendships I made were the greatest gift of the voyage.”
    - Ariana, Mt Maunganui
  • “I have gained such a positive outlook on life.”
    - Jarred, Whitianga
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