There is one clear challenge of this exciting 5 Day voyage – win the coveted Spirit trophy!

Schools from around the country send teams of Year 10 students (10 from each school plus a teacher) to compete against three other schools for the bragging rights of winning the Spirit trophy. As team participants, students will enjoy a learning experience like no other that guarantees challenge, adventure, creativity and reward.

Activities in the programme include ship-handling, teamwork, problem-solving, debating, and water sports (in and on the water). Teams also go ashore and complete tasks against each other and enjoy competitive games that involve ingenuity, leadership and fun. There are typically between five and nine Spirit Trophy Voyages per year (dependent on the sailing schedule).

Get in touch with your school and ask them to register interest with us in sending a group. 






















Participants must:

  • be a Year 10 student at a secondary school

  • meet the medical criteria of the voyage

  • agree to the code of conduct / terms and conditions

How to fund your voyage


A team consists of ten students and one teacher.

A $500 deposit will be required once we confirm your voyage with the remainder due three months before your voyage departure date (we will invoice your school directly).

Please note that travel to and from the ship is not included in the voyage fee and must be arranged by the school. Arrival/departure times and dates will be given to you once your school has been confirmed on a voyage.


Due to the structure of the voyage, teams of ten (excluding the teacher) must be made up of either all maleall female, or a 50/50 mix of both. At this stage you do not need to select your team until you know if your school has been successful. This avoids unnecessarily disappointing students.

Register your interest


  • How do Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award components apply to the Voyages?

    Participants can now undertake ocean-based adventures for their Adventurous Journey as well as their Residential Project. See below for details

    For more information about Spirit of Adventure please click here

    Residential: All Spirit of Adventure voyages of more than 5 days duration can be counted for the Gold Residential requirements on the understanding that each Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Aotearoa New Zealand | Hillary Award participant does not know more than one other person on their watch (this restriction does not apply to Adventurous Journeys).

    Adventurous Journeys: 10 Day journeys can be counted towards the Adventurous Journey section of the Gold level under the following circumstances - note that using the voyage for the Residential as well will affect which parts of the Adventurous Journey can be counted.

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  • Can I bring my own camera on a Voyage?

    We strongly suggest that if bringing a camera on board, you equip yourself with a dry bag for the safe keeping of your camera – please remember you are within a wet environment. Please bring your camera charger with batteries.

  • Do I need to know how to sail to come on board?

    No sailing experience is required. Sailing is just one part of the voyage. Each sailing has a team of experienced sailors. Be prepared to help!

  • I get sea sick. Can I bring medication with me?

    Please don't bring it with you. We have an ample supply of various sea sickness medication in the unlikely event that you need it. For safety reasons, we record and administer it, so we know who has taken it and can monitor you.

  • Does the Spirit cater to any allergens?

    Unfortunately due to the size of the galley onboard the ship, we cannot cater for young people with coeliac disease or those who are likely to have an anaphylactic reaction to a food allergen (e.g nut allergy).

    We can cater for vegetarians and for gluten or dairy free diets.






I went on the Spirit over 10 years ago now. I was a shy teenager and I was scared especially jumping into the water each morning! But it did wonders for my confidence and it's something I will never forget! Awesome experience!

- Kayla, Past Trainee (2005)