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Pilgrimage DTS

December 31, 2030 - March 14, 2040

Pilgrimage DTS

If you want to strip away the distractions of life to seek and discover God in His Word and Creation, then the Pilgrimage DTS is designed for you!

Put very simply, a pilgrimage is a journey with a purpose – to find God, to know Him, and experience His Presence. In ancient Biblical times, this meant a physical trek to the temple in Jerusalem. Today, it’s often an internal spiritual exploration.

In the Pilgrimage DTS, we combine both of these types of pilgrimage in our determination to seek God with our whole being – both physical and spiritual. So come with us on a journey into the beautiful New Zealand wilderness, and the deep places of your own heart. It’s an adventure that may stretch you to your limits. But, if you come looking for Him, you’ll find that our wild, creative, and loving God is with you every step of the way.


The first 3 months of the DTS are a time to focus your life on God, learning to know and be known by Him in every aspect of life. This is your opportunity to open up to the Lord (and others) about your struggles, triumphs, questions, convictions, wounds, and scars. In turn, you will find God to be your Father, Healer, Comforter, Warrior, and Sustainer – the One who lifts off your burdens and frees you to live life to the fullest.

On the Pilgrimage DTS, your home base will be our Training Centre located in Tauranga, New Zealand. From there you will head out on 3-4 camping/backpacking trips. In this way, you’ll engage in lectures, worship, and prayer times both inside a classroom and out tramping some epic trails on New Zealand’s North Island. In both places, you will build relationships with fellow students and staff from all over the world, learn to be a part of a community that is loving, challenging, and encouraging. While at the Centre, you’ll also have a weekly “stream” class exploring the fascinating themes of pilgrimage woven throughout the story of the Bible.


Below is an overview of what could be covered in our weekly streams:

  • Learning practical checklist
  • Gear check
  • Medical check
  • Supplies check
  • Safety check
  • God’s call to leave behind what is certain, familiar, and comfortable to journey toward Him and our response of obedience and faith.
  • Leave behind distractions from home and laying down expectations for the journey ahead.
  • Discover the ways that God uses the wilderness to develop and transform his people in the Bible
  • Israelites, David, Jesus, and others.
  • Simplicity, dependence on God, solitude, silence, reflection, and meditating on God and his ways.
  • Experience the wilderness together – we will go on our first backpacking trip!
  • Learn to slow down the pace of your life in order to truly know and be known by others.
  • Study the ways that Jesus connected with people and lived life walking from place to place.
  • Experience the rugged and beautiful Kauaeranga Valley as we seek and learn about God together!
  • The week’s lectures will happen both before and during our backpacking trip. The topic will be announced when you arrive for the DTS!
  • The earth as it is now is not our home! How then do we live in a world whose values are often at odds with our own? How do we live as sojourners in a foreign land while looking toward our ultimate home?
  • 1 Peter – a church integrated into the world by love, relationship, and engagement, but spiritually and morally counter cultural! – Jeremiah 29:4-14; Psalm 84; Hebrews 11:9-10, 13-16; John 17:14-19; Romans 12:2
  • Together, we will tackle the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, hiking about 40 km (28 mi) and encountering God in his creation, in lectures, and in our fellowship!
  • The week’s lectures will happen both before and during our backpacking trip. The topic will be announced when you arrive for the DTS!
  • A continuation of week 6’s topics.
  • The ultimate goal of our pilgrimage – to dwell with God and be at home in His presence.
  • The meaning of “Zion” – Revelation 21-22: Our final destination
  • A continuation of the previous week’s topics.
  • Learn to recognize and live out of the presence of God within us!
Marine Reach YWAM NZ DTS New Zealand Missions Training




23 Oct 2023 
21 Oct 2024
Limited Spaces Available, So Apply Soon!


Lectures       $6495NZD
Outreach      $4995 NZD


Lecture phase: Meals, Accommodation, Tuition, School Outings, Stream Activities

Outreach phase: Flights, Transport, Accommodation, Meals, Visas

Please check with us before booking air tickets.

Scholarships Available. Enquire Now!


December 31, 2030
March 14, 2040
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