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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Recent Posts & Activities
13 hours ago
Photos from Aotearoa Surf School at Mangawhai - Te Arai's post

Upcoming Programs!
School Holidays, After School, Surf Sistas, 2 Day Surf Course,
Kids Surf Camps, Group / Private lessons available every day

30 Sep: 2 Day Full Surf Course - https://goo.gl/qqV4XB
2 - 5 Oct - School Holiday Program- 4 Day (ages ... See more

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15 hours ago
Session 1 - Have a Go Surf Day 2017!

Awesome day for our Mini Surfers! Get involved with our school holiday and after school programs!

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17 hours ago
Surf Sistas - Girls Only Surfing Club

Surf Sistas is where girls come together!
Learn to surf, refine techniques and build ocean confidence!
4 week program, Every Monday 12.00pm – 1.30pm based at Mangawhai Heads or Te Arai Beach as back up option if surf is smaller on the day!

Starts ... See more

Surf Sistas is where girls come together!
Learn to surf, refine techniques and build ocean confidence!
4 week program, Every Monday 12.00pm – 1.30pm based at Mangawhai Heads or Te Arai Beach as back up option if surf is smaller on the day!

Starts ... See more

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2 days ago
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Fantastic Day @ the Have a Go Surf Day - 2017
Perfect waves, sunny skies!
Thanks to nearly 120 groms that came to Te Arai to give surfing a go.

Big shout to our awesome team of of instructors!
Also our associated brands supporting grass roots NZ ... See more

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2 days ago

The Arai

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3 days ago
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and we're off. 4 to 6 yo. The future of NZ Surfing. Have a Go Surf Day 2017!
#aotearoasurf #mangawhai #tearai #haveagoday #surfingnz

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4 days ago
Have a Go - Surf Day 2017 - Aotearoa Surf

Last chance to get into the FREE 2017 Have a Go Surf Day tomorrow Saturday 23rd @ Te Arai.
Clear skies, good 1-2 foot swell, all instructors and equipment provided! Ages 4-16. Get in quick! https://goo.gl/zuzxWv
Some pics from our last Free Youth ... See more

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1 week ago
Photos from Aotearoa Surf School at Mangawhai - Te Arai's post

Luck of the Irish.. thanks team.. awesome lesson.
#aotearoasurf #mangawhai #tearai

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1 week ago
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Prize drop for Have a Go Surf Day 2017 from Aotearoa Surf & NSP. NSP Elements Fish package. These bad boys are the best value boards on the market! Throw in some cool shades and hat to look good at the beach.

#aotearoasurf #NSP #haveago #tearai ... See more

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2 weeks ago
2 Day Surfing Course!

Get ready to go for the surf season!
A 2 day, 4 session surfing course designed to give you the skills to catch unbroken waves on your own!

Step by step instruction, all equipment provided, qualified and experienced local instructors!

At the end ... See more

Get ready to go for the surf season!
A 2 day, 4 session surfing course designed to give you the skills to catch unbroken waves on your own!

Step by step instruction, all equipment provided, qualified and experienced local instructors!

At the end ... See more

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2 weeks ago
✨ 🏄 FREE 2017 Have a Go Surf Day and more events.. 🏄 ✨

Have a Go Surf Day - Free Surf Event in association with VISSLA, NSP & PLATINO - Prizes and more - *|URL|*

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2 weeks ago

Get into it at Te Arai this Sunday 🏄.. should be a good beginner wave and offshore all day. Practice your timing and tradeoffs..

#aotearoasurf #mangawhai #tearai #surf #tbr 😂 #surfingnz

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2 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

Gearing up for another awesome season on the water 👌☀️ #summer #surf #ocean #wave #lessons #kidssurfing #groms #perfect

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3 weeks ago

Super stoked!
Prizes coming together from Aotearoa Surf & Platino Softboards for the 2017 Have a Go Surf Day!
Free Surf event for kids ages 4+. Double shakas. @platinosurf
https://www.aotearoasurf.co.nz/event/have-a-go-day/

#aotearoasurf ... See more

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1 month ago
Have a Go Surf Day - 2017

Bringing youth in the community to the sport of Surfing!
All surfing levels. Ages 4+

A safe, easy & fun ‘learn to surf’ day for all level of surfers with prizes and giveaways from Aotearoa Surf & our sponsors.. and totally FREE!

Aotearoa ... See more

Bringing youth in the community to the sport of Surfing!
All surfing levels. Ages 4+

A safe, easy & fun ‘learn to surf’ day for all level of surfers with prizes and giveaways from Aotearoa Surf & our sponsors.. and totally FREE!

Aotearoa ... See more

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1 month ago
Visit Auckland

Te Arai, North Auckland

Photo by @jessicarblair

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1 month ago
Timeline Photos

Nice mellow wave left over from the weekend
#aotearoasurf #tearai #wave #fun #surf #tbr 😂

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1 month ago
Gift vouchers

Get 25% off a Gift Vouchers using coupon FATHERS17!
Fathers Day is fast approaching!

Say thank you Dad and get him ripping the beach with a Surfing or Paddleboarding lesson for Fathers Day.

Select your lesson, enter number of lessons and add to ... See more

There is nothing better than a Surfing, Paddleboarding or Kayaking experience to get someone smiling Give the gift of joy!

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1 month 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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1 month ago
World Surf League

Thought he was going to get swallowed....

A perfect 10! 😱

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1 month ago
Instagram Photos

🌴 Gilis for a few dives while we can
#aotearoasurf #gili
#giliair #lombok #dive #beachlife #sun

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