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.
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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 ->
Our home port is Princes Wharf in down town Auckland, but we do at times travel around the country. Check out the schedule for specific dates and location of ports.
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.