Kids surfing

After school & school holiday surfing & adventure programmes

Where kids shine. Aotearoa Surf have been teaching kids to surf since 2003!
From private or family lessons, to kids groups, afterschool programmes, summer holiday camps, schools or birthday parties we do it all.

Our motto ‘Safe, Easy and Fun’. Check out our regular kids’ programs and get them out into nature.
Inspire, Learn & Achieve!

Kids Surf Camps

Oct 06

Have A Go Surf Day – 2019

October 6 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Oct 21
Oct 21
Oct 23
Jan 19

Ultimate Kids Summer Surf Camp (5 nights) Camp 1

January 19, 2020 - January 24, 2020
Jan 26

Ultimate Summer Surf Camp (5 nights) Camp 2

January 26, 2020 - January 31, 2020
School holiday camps & programmes

Aotearoa Surf provide one of the best kids’ programmes in New Zealand. We teach kids how to surf, catering for all ages and stages and ensuring above all else we always keep it safe and fun!

The ultimate summer surf camp with Aotearoa Surf

The Ultimate Summer Surf Camp

An epic 6 day/5 night adventure, in January 2020

For kids aged 8-16, the summer surf camp offers action packed days including learn to surf lessons twice a day + kayaking, paddleboarding, paddleboats and camp style adventures from volleyball, camp fire, BBQ, yoga, waterslide, confidence course and more.

Everything included! Transport, meals, accommodation, activities, equipment right down to sunscreen, for an experience kids will remember for a lifetime.

Where: Moir Point camp, Mangawhai
When: (Two options)
Camp 1:     Sun 19th – Fri 24th Jan 2020    or      Camp 2:    Sun 26th – Fri 31st Jan 2020

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Outdoor Adventure Club     5 – 16yo
School Holiday Programme

Get the kids back to nature and out of the house! Guaranteed great times and a lot of sleeping when they get home 🙂

School Holiday program run during terms 3 and 1 school holidays.

A one of a kind learning experience for kids aged 5-16.

Next Programs:
Mon 30th Sep – Thu 3rd Oct   &
Mon 7th – Thu 10th Oct

Holiday program encompassing a broad array of adventures in and around Mangawhai and Te Arai. All kids and young adults are grouped into ages and abilities, all newbies and beginners get proper introduction lessons to get them riding waves. This program is fun and a great opportunity to make new friends!

  • Surfing (Primary activity – 3 or all 4 days pending conditions
  • Paddleboarding/ Kayaking – 1 day weather permitting
  • Bodyboarding
  • Coastal Walks
  • Beach Games
  • Beach & Harbour Safety
    and a whole lot more..

Where: Te Arai or Mangawhai (pending conditions)
When: Generally Mon – Thur sometimes Tue – Fri.  9am – 3pm during end of term 3, 4 & 1 school holidays
Cost: $249 for 4 day program. $209 for 3 days, $169 for 2 days or $119 for any one day
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Kids Summer Surf Programmr – Christmas Holidays

Kids Summer Surf Programme – Christmas Holidays

The best value programme for kids surfing over the Christmas holidays

Operating from 9.30am to 11am every week right through the summer school holidays at Te Arai beach. The #1 local beach, pristine white sand, untouched, with consistant ocean conditions. Changing rooms and toilets available.

26 – 29 Dec 2019
30 – 2 Jan  2020
3 – 6 Jan  2020
7 – 10 Jan  2020
11 – 14 Jan  2020
15 – 18 Jan  2020


We progress every participant through to get them surfing as best they can over 4 lessons. This is a fun, holistic and challenging program!
All surfboards and wetsuits provided. Best kids program this summer


  • Beach awareness, understanding the wind and waves, staying safe at the beach.
  • Surfboard design and use, sea entry and correct surfboard handling.
  • Catching waves with correct body and hand position, stopping your surfboard.
  • Catching waves with paddling, learning the pop up to stand technique.
  • Standing surfing position and riding a wave for as long as possible.
  • Speed, acceleration and breaking
  • Front side and back side turns

Tailored for each surfer at their surfing ability.

Where: Te Arai Beach
When: Weekly 9.30am – 11am during Christmas Holidays
Cost: $149 for full 4 day program
or $60 / individual days (limited spaces when available)

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After school programmes

The best value surfing for local kids in Mangawhai & surrounding areas.
After School Clubs are designed to teach a broad variety of beach and surfing skills over the term.
Dont miss out on the Junior Surfers or Micro Surfers Clubs, they are awesome!

Junior Surfers Club – 7-16 yo After School Programme

Runs during terms  1, 2 & 4

Each term we have 2 classes after school on a Monday and a Wednesday. Each class is for 1.5 hours and each term consists of a 8 week surfing program.

All equipment provided including wetsuits and surfboards or bring your own.

Limited group sizes and a max 1 to 6 coach to surfer ratio.

Water safety and surfing coaching is our #1 focus, however we will operate other activities should conditions not be suitable for surfing. At all times Junior Surfers will be coached, trained and supervised in everything they do.  Junior Surfers Club will operate at the same time every week without fail!

Where: Te Arai or Mangawhai (Predominantly Mangawhai)
When: Mondays 4pm – 5.30pm or 5.30pm – 7pm
Wednesdays 4pm – 5.30pm or 5.30 – 7pm
Cost: $199 for 8 week program
Note: Surfers can join part programme, please contact us to join

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After school surfing programme for kids 4 - 6 years - Aotearoa Surf

Micro Surfers Club   4 – 6 yo After School Programme

Running during terms 1, 2 & 4, Aotearoa Surf’s Micro Surfers Club is one of a kind!

We aim to introduce surfing to kids at a young age, teaching them the basics and having heaps of fun. We have had great success with this program and always fill the program fast, so you need to book early.

A strict 1:3 instructor to surfer ratio with extra assistance of parents in the water or at the water’s edge.

1 class, 45 minutes surfing, 8 week program run before the Junior Surfers Club
All equipment provided.

Safe, easy and fun!

Where: Te Arai or Mangawhai (Predominantly Mangawhai)
When: Mondays 3.15pm – 4pm
Cost: $199 for 7 week program
Note: Surfers can join part programme, please contact us to join
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Kids Birthday Parties

Aotearoa Surf specialise in custom Birthday Parties for kids 6 and over.
A beach party designed with fun in mind!

Surfing, Paddleboarding, Beach Games and more!
Beach Safety, Surf Lessons, Football, Cricket, Volleyball..
We put on an unforgettable day

We tailor beach parties to suit all ages and stages.
All equipment provided, qualified coaches and photos to remember the special occasion.

Where: Te Arai, Mangawhai or any Auckland or Northland beach
Times: 2 – 2.5 hours
Cost: from $45 / surfer

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What people say

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“Best holiday program by far!! Che and his crew are awesome. My son has attended both the term lessons and school holiday program and they are worth every cent. I would recommend these guys to anyone.”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“Best week’s entertainment for our 9 year old boys this summer. They had a blast, learnt a lot including safety and how to suss out a good place to surf and caught some waves. The team were all super positive, and I loved their manner with the boys. Awesome. Definitely repeat!!”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“Amazing school holidays for kids with Aotearoa Surf School!!!!!!!  My kids said “THE BEST” school holiday camp of 4 days. It was really nice organized, the kids did paddle board, surf at different beaches, snorkeling, kayaking, sliding on the sand dune…what a program. My girls of 12 and 9 really enjoyed! It will be a classic of the school holiday. Many thanks team you did an amazing job!”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“My grandson had an amazing week. He was thrilled with what he learnt and went from a novice to a confident beginner. Instructors were very involved with the children and aware of each kid’s needs. Would love to come back.”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“My 8 year son jumped in on one of the kids 5 day summer camp surfing lessons and he had the best time! The guys that took the lesson were fun, motivating and supported the kids 100% in the water. The only bad thing for us was that we had to go home and couldn’t sign our son up for the full 5 days. Aotearoa Surf School gave my son more confidence in the water while highlighting the importance of being safe. We will definitely be back next summer, if not before! Thanks to Che and the team at Aotearoa Surf School.”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“Che and his team of enthusiastic, fun and polite helpers were fantastic and all three of my boys (9,7,5) who had never surfed EVER were up on surfboards on the FIRST DAY!! I highly recommend the holiday programme and we will be back!!”

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