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

Education 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 are conducting a workshop at CATE 2018, an annual conference for Careers, educators and teachers to engage on multi-levels in one place for consecutive days.

CATE is a professional organisation for people working in the fields of career and transition education.

We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to get involved with Spirit of Adventure Trust, please drop me a line.

Work with us

Julia Bryant
Community and Engagement

Phone: 021 554 453

For General Education enquiries Email ›
For CATE enquiries Email ›


  • 25 Jun 2019

    The applications to be part of the 2019 Tuia 250 Flotilla closed on Sunday night after a fantastic amount of interest. We are so excited to be part of this. If you have any questions please contact for more information.

  • 22 Jun 2019

    Come on down to TSB Arena in Wellington today and say hello!

    Always fun to be back in the the Windy Capitial City.

  • 10 Jun 2019

    It was so great to have 30 teachers from around the NZ join us for the long weekend. It hailed, the sun shone and the rain came down but we still climbed the mast, had morning swims and set sails.

  • 04 Jun 2019

    And we are live!

    We are now taking expressions of interest for school-nominated individual students and school groups for this unique opportunity and we would love you to be a part of it.

    For two months, from the 5 October 2019 through to the 1 December 2019, the Spirit of New Zealand will join the Tuia 250 flotilla. And, as part of this commemorative flotilla, there is the chance to get on board free of charge* and experience one of the seven voyages planned.

    * costs to get to and from the departure and arrival ports are at the expense of the individual.


    1. Mātātahi Voyage Leg - (5 October)

    First leg into Turanganui-a-Kiwa for the Opening Ceremony of Tuia - Encounters 250. Open to 16 to 18-year-old students holding a Leadership position within the school.

    • Each school can nominate up to two individual students and they will need to apply.
    • Students can enter the ballot here - Individual Expression of Interest Form
    • Applications close - 23 June at 10pm.

    2. Mātāohi Voyage Legs - (21 & 28 October, 3 & 25 November)

    For teams of 10 students and one teacher. Open to all Secondary schools, throughout Aotearoa. There are four dates and voyages to select from.

    • You are welcome to enter the ballot for as many dates as you like.
    • You can enter the ballot here – Group Expression of Interest Form
    • Applications close - 23 June at 10pm.

    3. Mātāpakari Voyage Legs - (10 October & 15 November)

    Open Secondary schools also have the chance to nominate up to two individual students to apply to be Tuia 250 Voyage Trainees. These voyages are for 16 to 18-year-old students.

    Please feel free to forward on this email to other people in your school that may be interested in this Voyage.

    If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.


    Community Engagement

    PH 093732060 Ext 1 | M 021 554453 |


  • 29 May 2019

    This week we are visiting the Far North as part of a careers road show. If you ever want us to visit your career expo please get in touch with Julia today on 021 55 44 53 or

Who we work with

CATE’s focus is on the career education of youth and their transition from school into the wider world of employment, training and/or further education.

This is an increasingly important role as employment opportunities and the skills required for work are changing rapidly. CATE exists to ensure that young people are given the best possible advice from professional careers staff.


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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