Our Base


Born out of the YWAM Movement, Marine Reach exists to better equip Christians to grow in their relationship with God through training programs, discipleship and mentoring at our Training Centre in Tauranga, New Zealand. Secondly, to ease suffering and provide hope for those affected by poverty, disease or injustice through our ministries in Vanuatu and our medical ship M/V Pacific Hope which provides free medical, dental, and optical care. Thirdly, to actively disciple a nation through community development, health education, and relationship to see true transformation.

The Training Centre

Completed in 2010, the Marine Reach Training Centre was the fulfilment of a 20 year vision given by God to the Founders of Marine Reach, David and Linda Cowie. The vision was to have a place where young people could gather from all over the world to be trained in different aspects of international mission. The Centre (as it is affectionately called) provides an environment where new initiatives and ministries can be pioneered in order to touch the nations with the love of Jesus.

Curious about what it looks like inside? Enjoy a Virtual Tour of our beautiful Training Centre below!

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Located just outside the City of Tauranga, situated above Gideon’s Valley Prayer Walk, The Centre was designed to encourage community and provide a family atmosphere for those far from home. As one of the only purpose-built DTS facilities in the world, it truly fosters that sense of home away from home, featuring a fireplace, a family-style kitchen, and a gorgeous back yard.

Marine Reach YWAM Base New Zealand family time

Whether you are here for your DTS, to Mission Build, or joining on staff, you’ll quickly fall in love and feel right at home, as you discover life-long friends and develop your personal relationship with your heavenly Father.  You will have the unique opportunity of a season of your life totally devoted to strengthening your Christian walk, serving others and seeking God; and He rewards those who diligently seek Him.

Marine Reach YWAM Base New Zealand family time

Whether you find Him in the Chapel for the Nations, around a late night campfire, or watching the sun appear over the emerald green hills, God longs to meet with you and change your life; what better place to do that than on land that has been set apart for that specific purpose!

Chapel for the Nations

We are serious about going deeper with God, serious about His mission and enjoying the amazing surroundings He has blessed us with!  You can enjoy swimming in our natural waterfall and refreshing river, or pray, worship and intercede for the nations on our 24 acre prayer walk, and in our Prayer Chapel. Enjoy our city with its white sand beaches, plenty of sun and stunning beauty. We are also only a 3 hour flight away from Australia’s eastern shores.

Waterfall at Marine Reach

Go Deeper

Worship, intercession, intimacy, transformation, discovery, hearing the voice of God, relationships, serving others, adventure, fun, and learning new skills. If you are fully committed to following Jesus into whatever sphere of society He might call you into – either back in your home town, with Marine Reach in Tauranga or Vanuatu or in another nation of the world, we’d love to have you join us! Be prepared for discipleship in your relationship with God that will transform your heart along with others as you prepare to reach the nations with God’s heart and healing.


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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.”