A 10 Day Voyage on board Spirit of New Zealand is a life-changing experience – unlocking your potential, leaving you ready to face your future!
You’ll be one of over a thousand young Kiwis each year who get on board to experience the trip of a life time.You’ll leave with a whole new set of skills, lots of new friends and a new confidence to take on the challenges in life.The whole voyage is based on learning by doing. You’ll face all sorts of challenges and take part in lots of activities on the ship, on the water and on the shore.Leaving you with a level of self-empowerment only found on the Spirit of New Zealand.
Increased confidence and skills: On Spirit you’ll improve your communication and leadership skills and learn the importance of self-awareness and being a part of a team. As you face the various challenges your confidence will increase as you increasingly move outside of your comfort zone.
New friends and connections: You’ll meet 39 other young kiwis from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Over 10 days you will come to depend on each other, learn tolerance and acceptance and create close and lasting bonds.Once you leave the ship you are connected to the Spirit community for life! You’ll have the opportunity to return as a crew member and share your experiences with others.
Please note, the success of the programme is dependent on participants not knowing each other prior to the voyage. To this end we discourage multiple bookings from the same school on one voyage.View the medical criteria ›
A $200 deposit is required with your booking and the remainder is due three months before your voyage departure date.
We understand that for many participants, finding the money required for a 10-day voyage may be your first challenge. Previous participants have taken on part-time jobs, asked friends and family for help or spoken to local organisations to financially support them. We’re here to help you, so once you're confirmed on a voyage, we will give you the support you need to fundraise. Remember - the earlier you book your voyage, the more time you have to fundraise!
Because it's important to us to us to enable all young New Zealanders to enjoy a 10 Day voyage, the Trust has financial scholarships available for those who meet the criteria. When you select a voyage and complete your booking, you will be given an option to apply for a financial scholarship. If you think you can fundraise yourself then please leave this section blank, but if you require some help with your voyage fee, you will be asked some questions to determine your eligibility.
Please remember that the more information you provide to us, the more likely you are to receive a financial scholarship.
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.
The voyage fee for a 10 Day voyage is $2,400 - more info ->
We require a $200 deposit to confirm your place on your voyage - more info ->
Once you are confirmed on a voyage, you will receive an invoice for the full fee less your deposit paid to the email address you have supplied in your booking.
Your invoice is due to be paid in full, three months prior to your voyage.
Yes you can pay off your invoice as you go, as long as it is paid in full, three months before your voyage.
There is a lot of preparation involved with every sailing, so we need to close off voyages three months out.
If there is a reason you are unable to pay your invoice off in full, three months before your sailing, please contact us so we can come to an arrangement for it to be paid. If you haven't paid or contacted us, then we may need to remove you from your voyage.
Just let us know in your booking form who the organisation/person is, their contact details and the amount they are paying and we will email them with an invoice. Please make sure you have permission from them first.
Yes we have financial scholarships available to apply for if you meet the criteria. More info ->
You will need to complete the financial scholarship application in the booking form on the 10 Day Development Voyage and send in the relevant supporting documentation to us via email. When you select a voyage and complete your booking, you will be given an option to apply for a financial scholarship.
Once we have received your information, we will process your application and get in touch.
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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.
No you don’t need to be nominated. You can book directly with us.
Fishing gear and dive equipment is not permitted on board.
On each voyage we aim to have 40 students from different schools from all over New Zealand to get the complete experience.
Yes we will! If you would like to organise this you can contact Julia or simply browse our School and Community page.
If you attend secondary school we need confirmation from either the Spirit Coordinator or your year Dean that they are aware you will be out of school during that time. More info ->
On joining the ship, you must have had your 16th birthday and not had your 19th birthday.
Every voyage is different and it will often depend on weather. We have a live ship tracker on the home page of our website, so make sure you tell your friends and family to keep an eye on where you are!
Most of our voyages are unisex. All activities are done as a team, but we do have separate living areas and bathrooms for male and female paticipants (20 on each side of the ship). More info ->
The ship operates around the New Zealand coast throughout the year and may sometimes be away from immediate medical support (the ship's crew are fully trained in marine first aid). The voyages can at times be mentally and physically demanding with acitivities including sailing, swimming and hiking. We have specific 'Medically Fit' criteria for each voyage type which you will find when you start your booking. If you have any concerns or questions, please get in touch with us to discuss.
For each voyage type, there are some medical and general criteria that you will need to meet. These vary depending on the voyage type that you will find on the specific voyage page on our website. If you have any queries around this, we encourage you to give us a call to discuss. Visit one of our voyages to find out more ->
You can apply for a funding scholarship for the 10 Day Development Programme directly through us (providing you meet the criteria) and we also encourage you to fundraise for your voyage. We will give you some helpful ideas once you are signed up. More info ->
We have certain medical criteria that you will need to meet if you would like to take part in a voyage. Check out the medical criteria in the type of voyage you'd like to participate in, and if you have any more questions, please give us a call in the office. More info ->
Of course you can come back! But it will need to be as a crew member. If you're aged between 17-20yrs, you can apply to be a Leading Hand
Yes you can! As long as you meet the criteria, you can take part in a 10 Day voyage.
Due to the type of voyage, you must be aged 18 years and over on joining the ship to take part in an adult coast voyage. If you're under this age, you should sign up for our 10-day development voyage.
We'd love to stay in touch with all of our past Participants. You're welcome to sign up to be part of our volunteer crew, either for day sails or as a Watch Assistant on our longer voyagers. Check out our Join Our Crew page to find out more about it.
You heard right :-) We do take all mobile and electronic devices off participants on our 10 Day and 5 Day voyages. This is so you can fully engage in the programme, plus you will be way too busy anyway (switch off - to switch on!).The ship is in daily contact with the Spirit office, so if an urgent message needs to be sent through, we can easily make that happen. And your friends and family can follow the ship here, so they know where you are!
You can apply directly with us, if your school has already selected the students for their reserved spaces. Contact / More info ->
We typically sail during the day and anchor up later in the afternoon. Although on some voyages that are going from one port to another, there may be the odd night sail.