Capernwray NZ

Welcome to ABS

ABS (Adventure Bible School) is a 6 week outdoor based Bible School. It is aimed at developing the whole person; spirit, soul and body, particularly in the area of Christian living.

ABS is held 3 times a year - January, April and October. In applying for ABS there are a few options you can select from:

  • Just the ABS course at one of the 3 times held in a year (6 weeks)
  • ABS and completion of the term in regular Bible School (10 weeks)
  • ABS and completion of the whole Bible School semester (20 weeks), or the whole year (40 weeks)
  • All options are subject to course availability and acceptance
  • Applicants must be 18 years old and over to attend ABS

Click here to view ABS dates & fees


The ABS programme has been developed over a 12-year period to allow students the opportunity to combine Bible teaching with physical and outdoor activities.

Sea, sky, mountains, bush, and caves provide the setting for our classroom. Through challenging outdoor activities designed to stretch you, we explore practical Christian living and how we relate to God, others and ourselves. 

The course includes a balance of:

•  Practical Bible Study
•  Lectures
•  Mentoring
•  Discussion
•  Workshops
•  Adventure Activities
•  Practical Activities

Will I be fit enough?

Activities are intended to challenge people at their own level, as fitness, age, and ability are considered. However, we suggest a reasonable level of physical training be undertaken in preparation for the course.

Activities that you may participate in while on ABS:

Please note that these can be weather dependant, we do not offer every activity on every course.

  • Abseiling (rappelling)
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Caving
  • Kayaking (lake, white water)
  • Rock Climbing
  • Running
  • Tramping (hiking)


No prior experience is necessary, but you should be able to run 3km without stopping. Be prepared to be stretched both spiritually and physically!