Discipleship Training School

Are YOU wanting a solid foundation in your walk with God? Are YOU hungry for heart knowledge and a life-changing experience? Travel, develop LASTING friendships, experience NEW cultures, make an IMPACT, and truly CONNECT with God? DISCOVER this and more through your YWAM New Zealand DTS (Discipleship Training School) with Marine Reach, in Tauranga, New Zealand! See the SCHOOLS tab for more information.

Explore NZ

The perfect place to prepare your heart, mind and soul for missions, Tauranga is only 2½ hours from Auckland, 1 hour from Matamata (Hobbiton!), 45 minutes from Rotorua (a geothermal area) with bubbling mud, geysers, and hot springs, and a few short hours from Cathedral Cove (Chronicles of Narnia) and the world famous Hot Water Beach! In New Zealand, the beauty of creation is on display all year-round!

Pick A School

Here at Marine Reach YWAM New Zealand, we offer 9 different, exciting YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School) programs and 2 Second Level Schools, each with a particular focus or passion. Our DTSs run every January, July, and October and our Second Level Schools run every April & July. With schools starting up year-round, take a look, and pick the school that suits your passion and schedule best!

Marine Reach YWAM DTS

The heartbeat of Marine Reach and the YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School) is to KNOW GOD and MAKE GOD KNOWN. Our YWAM DTS consists of 12 transformational weeks of Lectures at our Training Centre in Tauranga, NZ. It’s you getting to KNOW GOD as we cover topics like hearing God’s voice, God’s Character and Nature, your Identity and Calling, the Father Heart of God, and much more. For the 8 weeks following your DTS Lectures, we offer an Outreach where you get to MAKE GOD KNOWN as you have the opportunity to travel overseas, to volunteer, to serve, and put it all into practice!

Be sure to visit each individual DTS Stream Page for more information including Curriculum and Photos!

This YWAM DTS will change your life for good! So what are you waiting for?? LEARN MORE!



New Zealand

With a population of just over 4 million, and a land mass similar in size to that of the U.K., New Zealand has had a surprisingly significant impact in the nations. From inventing bungee jumping and other extreme sports, to being the set for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, to having once been the number one missionary sending nation in the world per capita, New Zealand is a land of innovation and ingenuity. Don’t just take our word for it though; come experience “The Land of the Long White Cloud” or Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand) for yourself. You will not be disappointed!

New Zealand has a wide variety of spectacular landscapes, as well as climate zones, all within a very short distance of each other. In many parts of the country, you are able to both surf and snowboard on the same day! Complete your New Zealand experience and plan a visit to the majestic South Island after your DTS is finished!

Tauranga and Surroundings

Tauranga (our city) is a beautiful and prosperous New Zealand city situated on the Bay of Plenty in the North Island. With an urban population of over 130,000, Tauranga is the fifth-most populous city in New Zealand. Within a 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 (pictured here, a set for the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian film), the world-famous “Hot Water Beach,” where the tide is heated by geothermal springs right on the beach, and the rugged Tongariro National Park, a volcanic zone where Mordor was filmed in the Lord of the Rings movies.


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Isaac – BC, Canada

“The lifestyle I was living was not what God had called me to. I was looking for an opportunity that matched up with my calling, which is being a doctor someday. This Medical-Compassion DTS fulfilled where I felt God was leading me, so I came.
I have been learning that I am loved unconditionally by God. I am learning that I am a son, that God has an amazing plan for me, and that I need to patient and wait for him to bless me in the ways I know he wants to.”