The tall ship Spirit of New Zealand is a steel-hulled, three-masted barquentine from Auckland, New Zealand. It was purpose-built by the Spirit of Adventure Trust in 1986 for youth development. It is 42.5 m in total length and carries a maximum of 40 trainees and 14 crew on overnight voyages.

Launched: 1986

Draft: 4 m

Displacement: 259,500 kg

Beam: 9.1 m

Sail plan: Barquentine, 14 sails, 724.3 square metres (7,796 sq ft)

Length: 45.2 metres (148 ft) including bowsprit; 33.3 metres (109 ft) on deck

Yes, we as the Rotary Club of Tauranga Te Papa have through a very generous donation from the longest serving member of Rotary within our Club, Mr Tony Grayburn, funding in part for a worthy candidate to partake in this adventure. We open to all our members to put forward a person of the required criteria as listed below for nomination. Can be male or female even your own grandchildren....don’t wait you may become their favourite person.

 Participants must:

  • be aged between 16-18 years (must not have had 19th birthday)

  • meet the medical criteria of the voyage

  • agree to the code of conduct /terms and conditions of the voyage

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.


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.


Contact your Youth Committee member Ward Reid or any other of us for further detail. Phone (H) 576 7387, (M) 027 647 4565