The Spirit of New Zealand is designed for Youth Development Voyages – we are not a cruise ship. You are voyage crew and with the help of Spirit crew you will sail the ship. You do not need any prior experience – just enthusiasm.
Part of your onboard activities will include daily clean / tidy up, and help with dishes etc, as well as learning which piece of rope belongs to which sail. The Spirit crew are there to guide you through the experience of sailing a tall ship and will endeavour to give you the same experience that the trainees have on a 10 day voyage.
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 coastal programme can at times be mentally and physically demanding with activities including sailing, swimming and hiking.
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 voyage on board Spirit of New Zealand should be a wonderful and memorable experience for all. To ensure that every participant is treated equally and for safety reasons, we require the following standard of behaviour to be observed. By agreeing to this Code of Conduct, you are agreeing to the below and accepting that Spirit of Adventure Trust reserves the right to remove you from the ship, should any of the below standards of behaviour not be complied with, and that any costs associated or refund of funding sponsorship may be recovered.
During your time on board, photographic images and video footage may be taken of various activities and achievements of participants. Spirit of Adventure Trust may use these to help promote the Trust and its programmes by way of publication in print, online and general media. Your consent is given by signing the Release from Liability, Conditions of Participation and Permission sections on this Application Form. Please note this does not include general photos taken by other voyage participants or the official group voyage photo.
Full payment is required at the time of booking your voyage.
If you cancel your booking within six weeks of the Voyage, for any reason whatsoever (not including injury or illness as below*), your monies are not refundable. We endeavour to fill every berth on every Voyage so if we reallocate your Berth, we may make a refund given is at the discretion of the Trust, less a $200 administartion fee.
If you cancel your booking within six weeks of the Voyage due to illness or injury* (medical certificate is required), you will be offered another Voyage but no refund.
If you cancel your booking greater than six weeks before the Voyage your monies are refundable, less a $200 administarion fee.
If the Spirit of Adventure Trust cancels the voyage due for example, to ship mechanical faults, all payments, less $200 administarion fee will be refunded in full.
If Voyage or weather conditions cause the Voayge to be cancelled or varied (during the sailing) a refund will not apply.
Travel to and from the ship is the responsibility of the participant and you will be required to give the Trust a copy of your tickets/travel plans. Please note that travel to and from the ship is not included in the voyage fee and must be arranged by the participant. Arrival/departure times and dates will be given to the participant once confirmed on a voyage. A high standard of behaviour is expected by all participants travelling to and from the ship. Without exception, the consumption of alcohol by any participant when travelling to or from the ship’s side is strictly prohibited.
The Spirit of Adventure Trust cannot be held responsible for any damage to property or belongings taken aboard the vessel and you should arrange for your own insurance of these items.
The information collected by the Trust in this booking is used for the purposes of assessing your suitability for the nominated voyage, and for the use of the Trust in organising and administering the operation of the Trust’s vessel Spirit of New Zealand. The information will also be used to send you further information about the voyage, and the Trust’s activities. Please note that the information provided on the medical form is treated in the strictness of confidence.
The Spirit of Adventure Trust uses its best endeavours to ensure that any voyage is safe for all those involved. Participation in a voyage, however, will involve both physical effort on the part of the participant and exposure to greater than usual risk. The Trust attempts to minimise these risks by being a responsible and professional organisation with high standards of safety and discipline when on a voyage. For this reason, participants must agree to abide by the safety and other instructions given to them and be able to meet the minimum fitness and health requirements set out by the Trust. During your voyage, you will learn much about safety afloat. There are statutory safety units given on board about Fire, Abandon Ship and Man Overboard amongst others. However, some immediate tips for you are:
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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.
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 ->
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 have you on board. We have day sails scheduled throughout the year and occassional adult coastal voyage available for the public to sign up for. 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.