2022 Registrations are now open!

If you would like to sign your class up, click the button below to register our interest in participating.

Program snapshot:

Why get involved?

Our daily mood and hauora are impacted by many small things that we do every day as well as things that happen around us.  Actions like; moving our bodies often, sleeping and eating as best we can, drinking plenty of water, increasing nutrient dense foods like fruit and veges fuel our energy and make us able to function at our best.  Small habits, repeated daily, can help us to develop physical and mental health and resilience that can carry through our lifetime.  Research has shown that the first 10 years of our lives are a critical period for the formation of the attitudes and habits relating to our health and wellbeing.

So the Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure uses a little bit of technology to engage our "iPad generation" to help them embed the knowledge and habits to make the best choices they can every day to help their physical and mental hauora.  It's a fun program that  takes tamariki on a virtual global adventure led by a star cast of NZ sporting elite, ASICS Ambassadors; Ardie Savea, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Kane Williamson and Samantha Charlton

By engaging in daily behaviours in the real world like; drinking lots of water, eating fruit and vege's while reducing snack foods, minimising device time, sleeping well and enjoying moments of mindfulness, tamariki will earn points to move their class team around the virtual course "visiting" places like; Japan, China, New Zealand and more.  As well as getting healthy tips from our ASICS Ambassadors, they'll learn about the history and culture of the destinations you reach.

  • If you've done it before, we have an amazing new HTML website easily accessible on any PC, laptop or device, avatar builder and updated animations!

  • You'll get free pedometers if you want them (you nominate how many or none at all)

  • There are competitions with prizes and giveaways throughout the 5 weeks

  • Every child builds their own unique avatar and will see video's of each adventure destination, interacting with our ASICS Ambassadors

  • We have ASIC's shoes to give away to some lucky classes

  • There is a fun Zespri Community Day to reward a hardworking school

  • Parents can get involved too and have a chance to win some awesome prizes

  • It runs for 5 weeks in Term 4 2022 from 2oth Oct

It's easy to run and you can use it in many different class lessons, if you like.

Currently, places are limited to 20,000 for the 2022 event*

* places are free for students from New Zealand schools only and are allocated on a first come first served basis or at our discretion.

How do I use the program?

There is no prescriptive way to implement the Zespri Young & Healthy Virtual Adventure, however here are some of the ways our participants have used it in the past:

  • as a fun way to get tamariki more active during breaks and outside of school

  • to help with underlying concepts of the HPE curriculum;

    • Hauora

    • Health promotion

    • The socio-ecological perspective

    • Attitudes and values

  • in the wider curriculum; maths, reading, literacy, geography, culture etc

  • if you are a Healthy Active Learning school, it could be used to achieve some of your objectives

We liked discussing the healthy foods we ate, what we did for exercise and how we were trying to cut down the use of technology devices. Also the travelling around the world was awesome - especially the clips at the end of each leg.  Melissa, teacher

More about the Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure

It's an evidence-based program that inspires, motivates and encourages kiwi tamariki and their whanau to develop healthy habits for a lifetime of good physical and mental wellbeing. 

As experts say the first 10 years are critical for children to develop a love of being active and healthy, the program is offered FREE to kura across Aotearoa with over 100,000 tamariki participating so far during the four years it has been run in NZ.


Led by our inspirational ASICS Ambassadors and using a little bit of technology to engage the iPad generation, participants build their own unique avatars and learn in a fun and engaging way about why their health is important and the choices they can make themselves to protect their health and wellbeing to feel the best that they can, each and every day.  


During the event participants track their real-life healthy behaviours like; moving more often, eating fruit and vege's, choosing water as their main drink, sleeping well and minimising leisure screen time.  This earns points that move their class or support crew team around the global course to amazing places like Japan, China, Italy, Aotearoa and more. 


As their team reaches each destination, tamariki are rewarded with a video featuring their unique avatar exploring the location they are "visiting“ and learn from and interact with our inspiring ambassadors. These learning based rewards help instil intrinsic motivation, further assisting the development of lifelong skills and habits. ​

Rather than just a few lessons, the virtual adventure runs over 4-5 weeks, which gives enough time for children to immerse themselves in the fun learning elements and most importantly take action in the real world, so they experience first-hand the feeling of the positive impact of all their small daily actions combined.  The University of Sydney evaluation of the program identified this as one of the aspects of the program that the children liked the best, making it so much more likely for the actions to become habits. 

Participant feedback......

“The children enjoyed wearing the pedometers and competing against each other to get the most steps. I enjoyed the discussions around healthy eating and sleeping as it fitted in well with work we have done this year about emotional wellbeing.”

Nicky, Bluestone School

The children enjoyed walking, counting steps and discussing healthy eating.

Dulcie, Blaketown School

The tamariki are more aware of their diet. They often showed their 'seedy bread' or other lunchbox items that were healthier

Tania, Katikati Primary School

“The program is well thought out and user friendly with lots of information and great tips.  Whānau are so impressed by this.  Some are going to try hard to get their children to achieve maximum steps.  Another has been so thrilled to know finally how many steps their child makes in a day.”

Mr Smith, Papakowhai School

We love counting our steps and watching our avatars travel to foreign places.  Certainly my tauira are more mindful of hydration.  Small changes too, like taking the stairs instead of the lift.

The tamariki learned about the Importance of a balanced diet and exercise.  Drinking water to stay hydrated.   It provided a springboard for the discussions.  They also see places in the videos and then want to know more about those famous landmarks so that leads to new learning too.

Laura, Shelly Park School

Learning opportunities in relation to healthy lifestyles were identified by teachers. One teacher noted that students were more interested in eating fruit during the Challenge and suggested that there was an increase in students bringing fruit to school.

excerpt from University of Sydney evaluation


Proven Effectiveness

The program has been successfully evaluated by the University of Sydney:

“The Challenge had a positive impact on the physical activity of students during the Challenge period.  Teachers also reported that the Challenge was a great opportunity to motivate students to become more physically active." 


Further, doing more physical activities, becoming fit and feeling healthier were identified by the students themselves as some of the things they liked the best about the Challenge.


Teachers and program implementation staff also noted unintended benefits of the Challenge in relation to improved attendance and behaviour, facilitating positive social behaviour by promoting teamwork and encouraging student relationships, and enhancing learning opportunities through the integration of the Challenge into teaching components of the syllabus”