Discipleship Training School

Thanks for your interest in the Discipleship Training Schools (DTSs) with YWAM Marine Reach Training NZ! Our schools run every January, July, and October.

Explore NZ

The perfect place to prepare your heart, mind and soul for missions, Tauranga is only 2½ hours from Auckland, 1 hour from Hobbiton (Lord of the Rings territory!), and 45 minutes from Rotorua (a geothermal area) with bubbling mud, geysers, and hot springs.

Pick A School

We offer a number of exciting and different Discipleship Training Schools to choose from. Have a look around and pick the school that best suits you!

The heartbeat behind YWAM is to KNOW GOD and MAKE GOD KNOWN. How do we do that? The Discipleship Training School (DTS)! It’s a 5 month program where the first 12 weeks is lecture phase: It’s YOU getting to know God as we cover topics like hearing God’s voice, His character and nature, your identity and calling, the Father Heart of the God, and much more. The second phase is outreach – making God known – where YOU travel overseas to put it all into practice!

This DTS will change your life for good! So what are you waiting for?? Apply now!


New Zealand

With a population of just over 4 million, New Zealand has had a surprisingly significant impact on the nations. From inventing bungee jumping, to being the set for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, to having once been the number one missionary sending nation in the world, New Zealand is a land of innovation and ingenuity. Don’t take our word for it though, come experience Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud, the Maori name for New Zealand) for yourself! Continue your New Zealand experience and plan a visit to the majestic South Island after your DTS is finished!

Tauranga and Surroundings

Tauranga is a beautiful and prosperous New Zealand city situated on the Bay of Plenty in the North Island. With an urban population of 120,000 Tauranga is the sixth most populous city in New Zealand. Within an short drive is the beautiful beach at Mount Maunganui (pictured), the Hobbiton movie set, and the bubbling mud, geysers, and hot springs of Rotorua. A few hours drive will also bring you to the beautiful Cathedral Cove (a set for the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian film) and the rugged Tongariro National Park, a volcanic zone where Mordor was filmed in the Lord of the Rings movies.