Outdoor Pursuits DTS

New Zealand
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Do you like adventure?

We believe that God can be found both in and outside the classroom.

Are you amazed by our extreme God who has created beautiful mountains, majestic waterfalls, roaring waves and deep unexplored cave systems.Do you enjoy expanding your horizons both physically and in your faith? We believe that God made the earth and all the incredible things in it in order that we might know Him more, and so we desire to truly experience and recognize Him as we engage with all He has made (Romans 1:20 NLT). For this reason, our Outdoor Pursuits Stream is built for you who are passionate about encountering God both in and outside of the classroom!

Prepare to be discipled in seeking intimacy with God through worship, intercession and lectures in conjunction with the rest of the training school, but with a twist of adventure on your allocated stream days and weekends. You can look forward to hiking, camping, and swimming in some of the best places in Northland, New Zealand!

Ultimately, we seek to be disciples who are always ready and willing to serve and share the good news of Jesus Christ, so you can also expect to put what you learn in the classroom into practice and reach the outdoors community whenever we can both during the lecture phase and on your cross-cultural outreach.

DTS Dates

Mid January

 Mid July

(Exact dates vary each year)

Cost (NZD)

$4,500 Lecture Phase

$1,100 Activity Fee

est $5,000 Outreach


 UofN Accredited

University of the Nations




What's DTS all about?
What can I expect?

Info or F.A.Q.

Not Sure?

If you enjoy adventure, adrenaline, and love finding God in creation then Outdoor Pursuits is definitely the right stream for you to join! Fitness is not a requirement as we cater to all.


With our Outdoor Pursuits stream, we do a wide range of activities around Northland, which allows our students to connect with God in a completely different way than they would in the classroom. Whether it be being stunned by his amazing creation at the top of a hike, being forced to trust in his goodness as you bungee jump off a bridge, or just hearing him speak to you through the beauty of nature, we want to help our students connect with God in all sorts of different ways. 

What to Bring

Make sure you bring active wear, swimwear, shoes to hike in (whether they be real hiking boots or just runners), a water bottle, and a readiness to try new things!

What people are saying

I would never have imagined all that I discovered about myself and my Creator at Zion. I went to New Zealand to get away from my life, to start-over, and didn’t ever intend to pursue Him, but He met me here. He brought me to a place of humility and uncovered my brokenness. Ever since then He has been gently rebuilding me into the woman that He created and cherishes. Zion was the first place that I met a community of sons and daughters who love their Father and want to change the world for His glory, and because of His love, and I am so stoked to now be a part of that. All I want to do is what my Father created me to do; to know His love, and to allow it to flow out of me like a sweet fragrance that the world will notice, wonder, and want.

Shaniah Hogman


I came here to find God and to know Jesus better . I wanted to know what my identity is in God. In Him we are pure. God is a loving father and he has only loving ways for us. We don’t have to be afraid, because God cares about us and He loves us and He wants a relationship with us! To come here was the best decision I ever made.

Delia Koller