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5 Day Spirit Trophy

  • Duration
    5 days
  • Voyages p/year
  • For ages
  • Spaces p/voyage
    10 P/SCHOOL

Are you up for
the challenge?

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).


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
View the medical criteria ›
View the terms & conditions ›

Bookings 6 remaining voyages for 2018 / 2019

How to fund your voyage

The team fee is $8,500 (incl gst).

A team consists of ten students ($850pp) and one teacher.

The team fee after 1st July 2018 is $12,000 (incl gst).

A team consists of ten students ($1,200pp) 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.

Selecting your team

Due to the structure of the voyage, teams of ten (excluding the teacher) must be made up of either all male, all 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.

More Info


  1. 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.

  2. 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 experianced sailors. Be prepared to help!
  3. 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.

  4. Can I bring my fishing gear or dive equipment on board?

    Fishing gear and dive equipment is not permitted on board.

  5. Do I have to live in Auckland to get on an Auckland sailing?

    No we have people from all over New Zealand join the ship. You just have to get to where ever we are in port.


  • “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)
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