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

Nice sets coming in at Te Arai.. definetly the day for it.. come on down see the boys and get our surfing!

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5 days ago
The Raglan Surf Report

People throwing their surfboards toward oncoming surfers is an actual thing...and it sucks. Please stop.

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1 week ago
Aotearoa Surf School at Mangawhai - Te Arai

Junior Surfers Club last night.. Was SIC, so much improvement this term and confidence building!!

14 March 2018

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2 weeks ago
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Grommies Leon and Monty showing their progression! #stoked #pumped #aotearoasurf #gromsquad #growth #epic #surf #kids #lesson #nz #tearaipoint #beach #water #photography #newzealand @ Aotearoa Surf School at Mangawhai - Te Arai

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2 weeks ago
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Awesome session this week with the micro groms =) #minisurfersclub

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2 weeks ago
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Q the ripper with a nice bottom turn and a good wipeout! #grom #aotearoasurf #tearai #kids #surfing #epic #newzealnd #wave #shaka #gromsquad #nz #water #surfing @ Aotearoa Surf School at Mangawhai - Te Arai

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2 weeks ago
Outdoor Adventure Club (School Holiday Program)

A one of a kind learning experience for kids aged 5-16.
4 days! 9am – 3pm. Holiday program encompassing a broad array of adventures in and around Mangawhai and Te Arai
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqYy16KkDcQ

Surfing (primary focus- likely 3 ... See more

A one of a kind learning experience for kids aged 5-16.
4 days! 9am – 3pm. Holiday program encompassing a broad array of adventures in and around Mangawhai and Te Arai
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqYy16KkDcQ

Surfing (primary focus- likely 3 ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Surf Sistas! Ladies Only Surfing Club

Surf Sistas is where girls come together! Get out in the water consistantly!
Learn to surf, refine techniques and build ocean confidence!
4 week program, Every Saturday 9.30am – 11.00am based at Mangawhai Heads or Te Arai Beach

This Girls Only ... See more

Surf Sistas is where girls come together! Get out in the water consistantly!
Learn to surf, refine techniques and build ocean confidence!
4 week program, Every Saturday 9.30am – 11.00am based at Mangawhai Heads or Te Arai Beach

This Girls Only ... See more

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3 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

Coach @cameron._.lambert and grommie Maz surfing side by side #partywave #tandem #grom #shredding #shaka #surfing #aotearoasurf #nz #tearaipoint #beach #summer #kids

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3 weeks ago
Aotearoa Surf School • GrabOne

Last one =) get into it.. Want a cheap Group or Private lesson.. here it is.. Call us for more info! 09 431 5760

$39 for a two-hour weekend group surfing lesson incl. board & wetsuit hire – options for two people or a private lesson

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3 weeks ago
Mini & Junior Surfers Club

Awesome after school surfing last night!

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3 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

One of our coaches already picked up this sweet board 😎 make sure you come in and check out the rest of the new boards in stock!! #newboards #sale #buy #surfboard #boardislife #shaka #aotearoasurf #nz #tearai

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4 weeks ago
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Just going through a few photos and these caught our eye =)
#sharethelove

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4 weeks ago
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Cool Jim and team thanks for coming!
Surfing next time!

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4 weeks ago
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Awesome Susan and Matt. Surfing and paddleboarding all in the same day!

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1 month ago
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Final Call for Junior Surfers Club - Starts next week - Mondays or Wednesdays. Few spaces left!
Gromms looking forward to an awesome 8 weeks of surf action!
Mon - https://goo.gl/x5Qzuf
Wed - https://goo.gl/ACSm9f

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1 month ago
SUP Team Challenge

Next month!
Kai Iwi Lakes? First of its kind - something completely different to the usual 'who is the fastest' paddleboard racing scene. The SUP Team Challenge is a series of fun (sometimes downright silly) challenges for teams of 4.. Get the team ... See more

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1 month ago

Reminder team - After School Surfing starts next week Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st. Not this week
Book online here or call 431 5760
Mon - https://goo.gl/x5Qzuf
Wed - https://goo.gl/ACSm9f

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1 month ago

Te Arai.. she's busy boy

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1 month ago
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Te Arai just over an hour ago.. Our regular dolphins joining in on the fun! #dolphins

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1 month ago

Junior Surfers Club - After school Surfing starts soon and is filling fast!
Mondays or Wednesdays starting Feb 12th!
Holistic learn to surf experience for all stages!
Book online Mon -https://goo.gl/3aGJrA or Wed - https://goo.gl/rzJVCZ or call 09 ... See more

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1 month ago
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These girls. . Damn .. here's to Tom the lucky guy

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