22-26 OCTOBER 2023

Sammy D Foundation's Coast to Coast

Explore the majestic beauty of New Zealand to help Sammy D Foundation connect and empower young people to live their best life, free from violence.


Fast Facts

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22–26 October 2023

5 day trip, 4 day challenge

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Fundraising Target


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The Challenge

On this adventure, prepare to experience the island in a completely new way.

You will travel the width of the South Island of New Zealand, making the most of the amazing terrain that lies in between. From cycling to Otira, to crossing the famous ‘Divide’, and a rafting expedition on the mighty Waimakariri River - this is truly off-the-beaten track.

Best of all, along the way you'll be joined by like-minded Sammy D Foundation supporters. The funds you raise as part of this incredible adventure will help deliver community mentoring programs that provide one-on-one mentoring services to young people across Adelaide.

Just $53 is enough to help a young person access support and mentoring. With $2,000, one young person can partner with a Sammy D Foundation mentor for six months.



“I got to see some beautiful spots, meet some amazing people and stepped out of my comfort zone.”

— Judith, New Zealand 2018

“The highlight was definitely having strangers come together and support one another. It made me believe that we all have a common good and causes but with different reasons and backgrounds.”

— Murray, New Zealand 2019

The Difference You'll Make


1 in 3 young people will grow up without a positive role model in their lives.


Without an adult to mentor them through life’s challenges, these young people are significantly more likely to engage in criminal activity and drug and alcohol abuse.

The Sammy D Foundation wants to change this. By connecting with ‘at risk’, disadvantaged or socially isolated children between the ages of 7-17 through one-to-one mentoring, they want to empower all young people to live their best lives free from harm and violence. 

The funds you raise on the Sammy D Coast-to-Coast Challenge will support their Community Mentoring Program which works with vulnerable young people in Adelaide.

"The reason I joined the Sammy D Foundation is because I want to play a part in reducing violence in footy and all sports. I also want to help educate and support young people to make the best decisions, not only for themselves, but for their friends too."

Sam Jacobs - Ambassador | 2018 - current
Former AFL Ruckman (Adelaide Crows, GWS Giants)

Pricing & Itinerary

Sign up now and pay only $475* when you register.

Enter your details to receive the info pack, including the full itinerary, FAQs and more.


Travel package

Your travel package is paid in instalments. To register, pay just $475* upfront. For further details, see our FAQs.


Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • accommodation in 3-star accommodation • meals as per itinerary • transfers as per itinerary• local guides • bike hire and helmet • Waimakariri River rafting • He Puna Taimoana hot pools in New Brighton • Departure of Conservation fees

Doesn't include: Airfares • airport transfers • pre & post-tour accommodation in Christchurch travel insurance (compulsory for non-NZ residents, highly recommended for NZ residents) • personal expenses • tips and gratuities (optional)

Meet in Christchurch - transfer to Greymouth 

Today our adventure finally begins! It’s an early start. Meet your fellow teammates and guides in Central Christchurch at 8.00am. We then transfer to Greymouth on the east coast. On arrival, we check that the bikes are the right fit and take them for a quick spin before having free time to explore this quaint little town. Tonight, we gather for a welcome briefing about our upcoming challenge, do a full gear check and enjoy our first hearty dinner together, which will set us up for our big adventure ahead! 

Transfer time: 4 hours 

Meals: Dinner 

Our Climate Commitment

When you travel with us, $10 goes towards carbon offsetting projects in Western Australia. You'll be supporting Carbon Neutral as they replant native plant species to create a green corridor for native wildlife, assisting in the recovery of entire ecosystems. For more on how we're bettering the planet, read our Climate Action Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a comprehensive list of FAQs, download the information pack by filling in the form.