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Kaikoura East Coast NZ (credit Jodine Waghorn) Avodah Spiritual Respite
Avodah Spiritual Respite Kaikoura

Hello & Welcome

“AVODAH” (Hebrew) means Work, Worship and Service. Founded in 2019 in Christchurch by John Bruce, the group was initially a men's ministry group - a safe space where men could learn to trust, relax and just be themselves. Building a bond of friendship with like minded men to enhance each others journey in recovery. The group has grown and branched out, helping people in the community with the essential necessities such as food, shelter and support. "Avodah Spiritual Respite" is an extension of our mission, providing a temporary interval of respite from difficulty. 

We are a ministry arm of Vineyard Church in Kaikoura delivering a Christian Spiritual program to those wishing to make life changes by taking timeout for healing and growth with a loving relationship in Jesus Christ. The program consists of Spirituality groups, bible study, recovery groups, community-based groups, gardening/farm work. Also, the program has an outdoor component of deep-sea fishing, hunting, cray fishing, surf casting, diving and eeling.


We warmly welcome you to our website which is our hub for delivering information, administrating our referral process. We've added a hub of photo galleries of what’s been happening and testimonies of life change. May you be blessed as you have a look around.

Our Core Values

Avodah Spiritual Respite Kaikoura

Creating honest relations with one another through working together and sharing common goals

Darren Smith Avodah Spiritual Respite

Worship involves talking openly about, building and acknowledging a faith within our group.

Avodah Spiritual Respite Kaikoura

Coming together to perform a service for those that need help within our community.

Avodah Spiritual Respite 23 Bay Paddock Rd, Hapuku, Kaikoura

A Christian Faith Based Community Service Kaikoura

RESPITE: (noun) an interval of rest or relief from difficulty

Avodah Spiritual Respite Kaikoura

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John Bruce - Director/Chaplain


021 405 479


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Our Partners

Hunting & Fishing Kaikoura
Kaikoura Auto Centre
ITM Kaikoura
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