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ABS Course

Adventure Bible School


Do you dream of adventure? Of experiencing the raw beauty God’s creation while challenging yourself with fun activities alongside new friends. Then ABS is just the programme for you!

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

The Course

Course Title

"Christian Development and Leadership using Adventure Based Learning"

The sea, sky, mountains, bush and caves are the setting for our classroom. The ABS programme has been developed over many years to combine Bible teaching with physical, outdoor activities. This course is designed to stretch students as they explore their relationships with God, others and themselves.

The Programme

ABS is held 3 times a year in 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 the Monavale Bible School (10 weeks)

  • ABS and completion of the whole Monavale Bible School semester (20 weeks)


  • All options are subject to course availability and acceptance

  • Applicants must be 18 years old and over to attend ABS

  • There are only 18 places available on each course and due to popularity these are filled very quickly (often 6 to 9 months in advance).

  • We operate a waitlist system in the event that someone unfortunately must drop out before the course commences. However, waitlists can be long and we encourage students to apply early to avoid disappointment.

The Location

Check out where this course is run and more information about it.


Be prepared to be stretched both spiritually and physically!

The course includes a balance of:

  • Practical Bible Study

  • Lectures

  • Mentoring

  • Discussion

  • Workshops

  • Adventure Activities

  • Practical Activities

Activities that you may participate in while on ABS:

  • Abseiling (rappelling)

  • Biking

  • Camping

  • Caving

  • Kayaking

  • Rock Climbing

  • Running

  • Tramping (hiking)

NOTE: These activities can be weather dependant, additionally we do not offer every activity on every course.


A Bible School Certificate is awarded to students fulfilling course requirements. A transcript is also issued upon the completion of the course.


A reasonable level of fitness is expected in order to get the most out of the course, though no prior experience is necessary. The benchmark is that you can run 3 km (2 miles) without stopping. This will be tested on the first week of the ABS programme.

Please be honest to disclose any relevant information or pre-existing injuries prior to application (or prior to the course commencement if injured after application), as you may be excluded from the course if such injuries prevent you from participating.

Risk Disclosure

You will be required to and agree to the following risk disclosure

  1. I wish to undertake the activities offered by Capernwray NZ (CNZ).

  2. I understand that there is the risk of serious harm or death involved while undertaking these activities.

  3. I understand there are consequences if I ignore CNZs safety management procedures and directions.

  4. I agree that I will undertake CNZs activities in accordance with information given at safety briefings.

  5. I acknowledge that CNZ will take all reasonable and practicable steps to keep me safe while I am involved in these activities.

  6. I have honestly & accurately disclosed any medical and health issues.

  7. In the event of an incident or illness I authorise the obtaining of such medical assistance for myself as may be thought necessary by Capernwray staff.


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Other Capernwray New Zealand Courses

Alongside our familiar Monavale Bible School course, we also offer an Adventure Bible School and Touring Bible School course. The MBS course can also be combined with either of these programmes in various combinations to suit your schedule. 

"...for those who love God all things work together for good..."

(Romans 8:28)


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