YWAM Bethlehem
Attn: Person's name
PO Box 15-134
Tauranga 3030
New Zealand

(Please bring these over with you when you travel to NZ)

  • Driver’s license (you have up to a year upon landing to get a NZ license)
  • Bank statement of financial status
  • Health and Travel Insurance records
  • Prescription papers for any medications you may take (and if you have the
    medication with you, make sure it’s clearly labeled in English)
  • Return Ticket

If you would like to bring your instrument, make sure that you bring it in a case and mark it Fragile when you are traveling. We recommend that if you are able to bring your instrument, you should, as we LOVE to worship and play music!!

*Guitarists & Bassists: loosen your strings before you fly with your instrument, or your guitar's neck will probably snap in-flight.

If you have an unlocked phone, you will be able to purchase a SIM card here that will enable you to use your phone. You can buy one at a local grocery store and put it in your phone and you're good to go! If you have an AT&T iPhone it will cost between $60-$80 NZD to get it unlocked.

If you are with Verizon, at the moment it is very difficult to get your iPhone unlocked in NZ. Samsung Galaxy’s cannot be unlocked here either.

If you would like to use your phone for calls, texts, internet, once you have a SIM card and your phone is unlocked (or you buy a phone from here), then you can buy prepaid credit or a mobile phone plan if you choose to sign a contract with the phone company.

Internet in New Zealand is different from other countries, but is catching up!! The cost for an Internet plan is rather expensive and is based on usage as opposed to being unlimited. So, things like downloading videos, uploading pictures and videos, streaming movies and music/radio, take up a lot of Internet usage.

At the moment we have a plan where you pay for the number of gigs that you would like to use. There are some cafes that allow you to use their Internet too.

New Zealand is not long out of fast Internet, and Wi-Fi is just making an introduction in cafes (sometimes it’s free). It is sold by amount instead of speed; so don’t plan on streaming a lot of video---Skype included---because it is not unlimited, even with the best deal.

It is our policy that all students and staff are required to and MUST have their own travel insurance for the entire duration of the DTS, including outreach. Please send confirmation of your insurance to the DTS registrar once you have organized it for yourself and before you come to New Zealand (We need it for our records before you arrive). The cost for this is not included in the DTS fees. If you would like help with how to get travel insurance, email registrar@idts.co.nz.

Here are some travel insurance companies that you might be able to use:

  1. Seven Corners - www.sevencorners.com/insurance/HWMP8Y3
  2. IMG - www.imglobal.com
  3. Volunteer Card - www.volunteercard.com

We recommend that you get immunizations for going on outreach. Our outreach locations are in the Asia Pacific region as well as the Middle East. Therefore, for your protection, we ask that before you arrive, please meet with your doctor and ensure that you are up to date with all of your Hepatitis, MMR, Tetanus shots and any other general shots that are needed. Please provide evidence of immunizations to the DTS Registrar before you arrive by sending them to registrar@idts.co.nz. Should you need further immunizations for specific locations, you will be able to get these, as needed, from within New Zealand. Any cost involved would NOT be included in the DTS course costs.

When you’re flying into New Zealand, please arrange that Tauranga is your final destination. You can either fly into Auckland and then arrange a flight into the Tauranga Airport, or you can take the scenic route via bus or shuttle. Whatever you choose, please email registrar@idts.co.nz with your flight/bus/shuttle arrival information & we’ll be happy to pick you up when you arrive. Here are some helpful sites for researching whatever you’d prefer:

Please provide your arrival information into Tauranga (from Auckland - via bus, flight or shuttle) and we can arrange a staff member to pick you up and take you to our base. Please provide arrival time and location to the Registrar. We are not able to pick you up in Auckland.

By Plane: Auckland flight takes 35 minutes, with fares starting from $88 NZD one way

By Bus: 4 hours, with fares of $20-$60 NZD

By Shuttle: 3+ hours, with fares of $90-120 NZD

You might experience all four seasons, sometimes within a day, here in New Zealand! Average summer highs are in the 70-80F range, while winter lows sit in the 40’s more often than not (We are in the North Island and don't have snow).

During the February DTS it will be summer going into the autumn season. The days are warm (16-24C/65-75F) and the nights are cooler. By the end of February going into March, the temperature cools down a bit as we move towards autumn (9-18C/55-68F).

The July DTS is during the winter and spring seasons and then turns into the start of summer when you finish outreach. The temperature in winter ranges from 4C/40F to 15C/59F.

We provide laundry facilities and each load costs around $2-$4 NZD. (Hanging out your washing is the Kiwi-way, so your clothes will get the authentic meadow-fresh scent! Because electricity is so expensive, people rarely use dryers to dry their clothes.

To save you a potentially embarrassing moment, here are some distinctions:

Kiwi bird - National bird
Kiwi fruit - Fruit you eat
Kiwi - A person from New Zealand

Coffee: In New Zealand a “French press” is called a “plunger.” So if someone asks you if you want to drink from a plunger, don’t panic. Also, there are no “iced quad Grande nonfat five-pump hazelnut vanilla two splenda white mochas” here (unless you go to Starbucks). There are lattes, flat whites and really intense espresso. Learning the terminology is the key to success.

Here are a couple awesome websites that will give you more insight into New Zealand culture:


New Zealand has a voltage system of 230 V, as opposed to a country like the USA, whose voltage is 110 V. Because of this, many appliances from other countries overheat when they are plugged into a NZ outlet. Please come prepared with a dual voltage converter or a New Zealand adapter (you can purchase them here as well as your home country).

It is pricier for certain things in NZ. Here are some examples of things that you might want to purchase while you are here:

Coffee is about $5 NZD for a medium cup.

A nice dinner out (appetizer, main course, dessert and a beverage) can run up to $40-$60 NZD per person. A fast food meal out is around $10 NZD.

A bottle of Shampoo is about $4-$15 NZD. Other toiletries are a bit more expensive than you are used to such as make-up ($14-$30NZD), face lotion ($10-$20), contact solution ($25-$30) and sun screen ($9-$18).here are various different grocery stores available - bulk discount/discount grocery stores to high end/specialty stores.

Power and electricity is expensive, so taking a long shower isn't economical, therefore we need to just have an awareness about usage - so shut off lights when not needed and do not be excessive in using appliances. Internet costs are more expensive because it is based on usage, not unlimited (see Internet section above).

New Zealand is a smaller country and has to import a lot of things, so that sometimes makes products more expensive compared to what you are used to paying in your home country.

Also, the availability of certain products will differ depending on your outreach location. You may want to bring enough to carry you through a few months. Especially contact solution or special products/toiletries that you like from home.

If you have dietary needs, please tell us immediately of your specific needs so we can inform our cooks. Also, if you have food allergies let us know what they are and the effects of your allergies. Please bring your medicine, EPI Pen, etc. in the case of a reaction.

For weekly school fees, please the website see the cost structure for the DTS. Your school fees cover your accommodation, 3 daily meals, and transportation. Your outreach fees are separate.

We suggest before you arrive, that you decide how much you would like to spend on weekly entertainment/extra food/laundry. If you desire any extras such a food, personal needs, gifts, please budget appropriately. While you are in New Zealand we encourage you to get out and enjoy some local delicacies such as savory snacks like meat pies or sweet treats like Pavlova, NZ Manuka honey, and fresh fruit ice cream.

You can pay on our website at www.idts.co.nz/payments

Or mail to:
YWAM Bethlehem
Attn: DTS Registrar
PO Box 15-134,
New Zealand 3030

No, YWAM Bethlehem does not require any qualifications to do the DTS. Because DTS is an accredited course with the University of Nations, we do require you to be 17 years or older. Currently English is our primary language at YWAM Bethlehem, so we ask that you can understand and speak English.

No, New Zealand requires that all visitors have a valid departure ticket out of New Zealand upon arrival. Please come prepared to present a paper copy of your departure itinerary when entering the country. Visit the New Zealand Immigration Site to learn more.

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