About us

Aotearoa Surf School – excellence in surfing lessons and coaching since 2003


Aotearoa Surf School is a mobile surf school based in Te Arai.

We offer surfing lessons, experiences, school programs, corporate events and birthday parties at beaches throughout the Auckland region, including Orewa, Omaha, Pakiri, Te Arai, Mangawhai and Waipu Cove.

We’re also the sole licensed surf operator for Te Arai beach.

Because we’re not restricted to any one beach, Aotearoa Surf has the flexibility and expertise to respond to the varying rhythm of the waves and tides to ensure your lessons take place in the best and most suitable surf conditions in the area on the day.

Aotearoa Surf Company was founded in 2003 by internationally recognised surf coach and surf school pioneer Wayne Glover who had over 45 years international surfing, coaching and competition experience.

Wayne first picked up a surfboard in 1964 and couldn’t get over the feeling of standing on the board and moving with the ocean.

He surfed all kinds of surfboards in all kinds of surf conditions all over the world and competed successfully at a local and national level for many years.

Sadly we said farewell to Wayne in April 2014. The traditional surfers farewell, a “paddle out” ceremony took place at Mangawhai Heads. People came from all over to celebrate Wayne’s life and love of the ocean. His ashes were released to the four winds, sprinkling him upon Tangaroa’s back to ride the waves forever.

Today Aotearoa Surf carries on Wayne’s legacy, providing a safe, professional way for everybody to enjoy everything that surfing has to offer.

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1 day ago

Junior Surfers tonight!
Swell way to large and wild.
beach work learning today no water!
tried emailing everyone but having technical difficulties. thanks team. Che

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2 days ago
Outdoor Adventure Club (School Holiday Program) - Aotearoa Surf

School Holiday Program is filling up fast!
4 days 9 - 3pm. Week after school ends and before Christmas.
Full 4 day program only $199 or 2 days $139.. Ages 5-16

A one of a kind learning experience for kids aged 5-16. 9am – 3pm. Holiday program encompassing a broad array of adventures in and around Mangawhai and Te Arai

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2 days ago
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Wow, some massive surf yesterday,, a lot of water moving around.. getting bigger this week.. Go Surf Sistas!
#aotearoasurf #surfsistas #tearai

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1 week ago

Orcas in the Mangawhai harbour today! credit Erwin Veer.
#eastcoast

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1 week ago
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Spring Preseason Sale! up to 25% off all surfboards, paddleboards, wetsuits & accessories! Layby available for Christmas! Free wax, sunscreen and more.. instore only!
FREE Surf/Paddleboard Lesson with all purchases!

NSP Epoxy Surfboards (full ... See more

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1 week ago
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Just now @ Te Arai!
Private Lesson for father & son, Cheers Aaron & Thomas.. Epic lesson!

#privatesurf #fatherandson

— Products shown: Private Surf Lessons.

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1 week ago
2 Hour Surfing Lesson - Aotearoa Surf

Surf Lessons all weekend! Get into it. 09 431 5760
#aotearoasurf #mangawhai #tearai

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2 weeks ago
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Junior Surfers Wave Warriors last night was epic..👊
Clean waves, frothing surfers.. what a great start to the program. Still few spaces left for remaining 7 weeks! Call 09 431 5760
Surfing New Zealand Inc
#juniorsurfers #tearai #mangawhai

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2 weeks ago
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Great start to Surf Sistas yesterday.. awesome ladies awesome time! Not too late to join! We are missing labour weekend Monday and resume 30 Oct for 3 more weeks!
Book online https://goo.gl/HKGWrD

Use coupon code SURFSISTAS to get 15% off remainder ... See more

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2 weeks ago
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Te Arai rocked... frothing surfers... rad lesson. . See you all again soon.
#aotearoasurf #tearai #2hoursurflesson

— Products shown: 2hr Surf Lesson @ Te Arai & Mangawhai.

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2 weeks ago
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Wicked lessons this week! So much fun, thanks for learning to surf with us.. roll on Summer =)

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3 weeks ago

Congratulations to Boro Mull and Sky.
You've won a free surfboard each.
Come to the Aotearoa Surf Shop you claim your prizes! Ask for Che.

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3 weeks ago
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Beautiful day on the water.. thank you girls 😉

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3 weeks ago
Junior Surfers Club - After School Surfing!

Official Surfing NZ Wave Warriors – Junior Surfer Program.
After school surfing program @ Mangawhai & Te Arai !

*** Every week on a Monday or Wednesday at Te Arai Beach or Mangawhai Heads Surf Beach (pending conditions)
Ages 7-16

8 week, learn ... See more

Official Surfing NZ Wave Warriors – Junior Surfer Program.
After school surfing program @ Mangawhai & Te Arai !

*** Every week on a Monday or Wednesday at Te Arai Beach or Mangawhai Heads Surf Beach (pending conditions)
Ages 7-16

8 week, learn ... See more

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3 weeks ago

Kids surf lesson this week! Monday and Tuesday. 2hrs. Everything provided. Good swell around. Call 431 5760 to book

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3 weeks ago
😍 10 days & Surfs Up! 😍

😍 Surf Sistas & Junior Surfers Programs 2017 😍
Ladies Only learn to surf lessons and Junior Surfer programs!

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3 weeks ago

Surf Sistas - Girls Only Surfing Club - starts Mon 16 Oct
12-1.30pm - 4 week program!
Learn to surf, refine techniques, build ocean confidence and have fun with the girls.
All ages and stages! All equipment provided.
Book online ... See more

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4 weeks ago
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Last day and great swell at Te Arai.. .. thank you to our awesome kids, parents and coaches.. your not forgotten.. please get involved with our afterschool Junior Surfers Club - Mondays or Wednesdays
#aotearoasurf #tearai #mangawhai ... See more

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4 weeks ago
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Day 3 - Te Arai providing again for our surf day. Surfing, paddleboarding & some good fun on the SUP Monster! Great to see some of our youngest groms frothing out there! 1 to go team!
#aotearoasurf #tearai #outdooradventureclub

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1 month ago
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Outdoor Adventure Club - School Holiday Program! Got into some great surf today at Te Arai! Kids want to do it all over again tomorrow!

#aotearoasurf #tearai #mangawhai #outdooradventure

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1 month ago
Session 5 - Have a Go Day

Last mixed groms Learning to Surf.. thats a wrap folks.. thank you for surfing with Aotearoa Surf

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1 month ago

Fun times at The Arai...

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1 month ago
Session 4 - Have a Go Surf Day 2017

A great session, our 12-16 yo groms in action! 🙂 Some mean drops and rides! Couple girls in there showing the boys how its done! 😎

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1 month ago
Session 3 - Have a Go Surf Day 2017

A great session.. awesome groms out there... Get your photos and tag & share!

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