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).
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 5-day programme can at times be mentally and physically demanding with activities including sailing, swimming and on-shore activities.
Please consider if any of the following conditions apply to you, before proceeding with your booking.
If any of the above raise concerns, please get in touch with us to discuss.
A 5 Day Spirit Trophy Voyage on board Spirit of New Zealand should be a wonderful and memorable experience for all. To ensure safety and harmony for all on board we require the following standard of behaviour to be observed. You accept that Spirit of Adventure Trust reserves the right to remove you from the Ship should any of the below not be complied with. Note: as a result, any costs you incur will not be covered.
Please note: Your Voyage application form (signed by you) states that you have read, understood and will comply with all the following details.
Travel to and from the ship
Travel to and from the ship is the participant’s responsibility and cost (unless detailed otherwise on your Voyage paperwork) and you may be asked to forward your travel details to validate your arrival time. It is critical you make note of your joining and departure times as your late arrival could risk the Ship’s departure time. You need sufficient time before and after the Voyage to reach your travel point; e.g. if flying, we advise your flight arrives at least 3 hours before the Ship departs and when you leave, you book your flight no sooner than 3 hours after the Ship returns to allow sufficient time to travel to the Airport.
NB Trophy Voyages - Spirit of Adventure Trust may be organising a group travel ticket for your School - you must check with your School Trophy Coordinator for these details (or the Spirit’s Voyage Coordinator)
Photo / Video Consent
During your Voyage, photographic images and video footage may be taken of any of the activities or participants. Spirit of Adventure Trust, and their official partners, may use these by way of publication in print, online and general media and your consent is given. Please note this does not include general photos taken by other participants or the official group voyage photo (where applicable). If you are a participant under 16 years, we also require your parent(s)/guardian(s) permission.
Health, Fitness & Age and Medical Information
All participants must be in good health and must complete our confidential medical questionnaire. All medical issues and medications taken must be declared on the form and your chosen medical practitioner must confirm the information is correct by signing your medical form. All information is treated with total confidentiality. Please note that the Trust reserve the right to refuse a booking on the grounds of your medical information and a full refund will be provided. If you fail to declare a medical condition or medication that then results in you being refused boarding or being off-loaded from the Ship, the Trust will then determine what, if any, refund is provided. All participants must declare if they have been in contact with an infectious disease. Where required and if needed for medical advice on the participant, all participants give permission for Spirit of Adventure Trust to contact the GP/medical specialist who signed the participants’ medical forms,
The information we collect on your application, medical and other official forms is used to assess your suitability for the voyage and for organising and administering the operation of the Ship. The information is also used to send you further information about your voyage, any future Trust activities, and provide selected information back to our Scholarship Funders as requested by them (i.e. Ministry of Youth). Please note, all your information is treated in the strictness of confidence and held with the utmost care; we value your privacy and never give lease, sell or otherwise disclose your personal information except as above, required by law or in the case of an emergency where you may need medical treatment.
Personal Items and Insurance
The Spirit of Adventure Trust cannot be held responsible for any damage to property or belongings taken aboard the vessel and we strongly advise you arrange your own insurance for these items. You may wish to label your belongings/clothing. If you are a participant on an Adult Coastal Voyage it is a condition of carriage that you hold full comprehensive travel and medical insurance covering you for sickness, injury, cancellation, additional expenses due to delays and loss of personal items.
Alcohol and Smoking Policy
Spirit of Adventure Trust operates a smoke-free and alcohol-free environment. No smoking (including e-cigarettes or vaping) or drinking is permitted in our office or on the Ship throughout the entire voyage (anywhere on the Ship).
Participation will involve physical effort and exposure to greater than usual risk. The Trust attempts to minimise all risks by being a responsible and professional organisation with high standards of safety and discipline.
Participants must agree to abide by all instructions given to them by the Spirit Crew. There are statutory safety briefs given on board about Fire, Abandon Ship and Man Overboard amongst others. However, some immediate tips for you are:
Payment of Fees
Your School will be invoiced for the whole team attending the Trophy Voyage and this MUST be paid 12 weeks prior to your Voyage. Your school will advise the cost to you as an individual participant and when this cost must be paid to the school.
Spirit of Adventure Trust has the right to cancel, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing at any time – hence our recommendation to take out travel insurance.
Refunds/Cancellations/Bookings - applies to all individuals on Trophy Voyages
As noted on your application/booking form which you have signed, you and/or your parents or guardians agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge you have read them. You are also agreeing:
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.
At this stage, we are holding our current 2019/2020 pricing for the 2020/2021 sailing schedule. Should the price have to change, the new pricing will take effect in February 2020 and will be charged on all bookings made after the 28th February. If, however, you have booked and paid for your Voyage before 28th February 2020, you are not affected by any price changes.
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.
Participants can now undertake ocean-based adventures for their Adventurous Journey as well as their Residential Project. See below for details
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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.
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.
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.
Fishing gear and dive equipment is not permitted on board.
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 ->
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 ->
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 ->
Yes you can! As long as you meet the criteria, you can take part in a 10 Day voyage.
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!
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.