Surf lessons

Surf lessons for all ages and skill levels


Surf lessons run year round and are available for surfers of all skill levels, from first timers to advanced surfers.
Our home beach is beautiful Te Arai  rated Aucklands #1 East Coast beach.  (NZ Herald 2018)
White sand, blue water, safe , easy and consistant waves perfect for beginner & intermediette lessons.
We use beaches all along the East Coast north of Auckland, including Mangawhai, Orewa, Omaha, Pakiri and other nearby beaches.

2 Hour Surf lesson

  • First time surfers, beginners & those wanting to refresh or refine techniques.
  • Auckland’s #1 east coast surf beach, consistant waves, smaller groups, tailored for you
  • Winning lesson plan  – fundamentals, theory and the best ways to fast track your surfing

Lesson Outline

  • Beach awareness, understanding the wind and waves, staying safe when surfing.
  • Surfboard design and use, ocean entry and correct surfboard handling.
  • Catching waves with best practice body and hands position.
  • Good paddling style and master the pop up technique
  • Riding your surfboard in position/posture into the beach
  • Once your riding waves  we will teach you how to  accelerate and turn!
  • If your booked in for multiple lessons we also teach – getting out the back, positioning, wave selection, timing and takeoffs, turning and getting down the line
  • What to bring: Beach wear, towel, water, waterproof sunscreen.
  • What’s included: 2 hours coaching from top qualified and experienced instructor
  • Includes a surfboard, wetsuit and rash vest , or bring your own!.
  • Small groups  usual ration is 1 instructor to 5 or 6 surfers. simple and effective coaching,  tailored for your ability.
  • An experience of a lifetime,  riding waves .. thats us!
  • Photos available on the day
  • Ages 6+

    $79.00
    / surfer

Each surfer progresses through to their next level and we make sure you’ll be standing riding waves on your first lesson or we will give you your money back!


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Also available – 3, 5 and 10 lessons packages!

Buy a package of lessons and fast track your surfing skills as well as making great savings.  Find out more here.

2 Hour Surf Lesson - Aotearoa surf

Private surfing lessons

  • Private lessons for up to 3 people is a great way to get the most out of your lesson
  • Available to everyone –  absolute beginner, intermediate or the more experienced surfer. Every private lesson is talored for you.
  • You’ll be amazed how quickly you progress.
  • Learn how to get speed, turn, master the duck dive and more
  • We have private lessons available all throughout the year at times that are convenient for you.
  • Aotearoa Surf is our only commitment so we are ready anytime to focus on your  improvement and love of surfing.
  • What to bring: Beach wear, towel, water, waterproof sunscreen.
  • What’s included: 2 hours private focused coaching, surfboard and wetsuit hire selected  for you and the conditions, tailored focus, measurable improvement & new concepts
  • Photos: Photos are available on the day
  • Ages 4+

$199 for 1 or 2 surfers
$299 for 3 surfers
$59 per surfer thereafter (call or contact us for more than 3 surfers)

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Group surfing lessons

  • Learning to surf with a family group or group of your friends is a great way to share the experience of having fun in the ocean.
  • It’s also ideal for corporate / business team experiences.
  • Team building, community groups, hens and stag partys
  • We’ll get you up and riding quickly and enjoying the surfing experience safely and comfortably, with a great time for everyone!
  • What to bring: Beach wear, towel, water, waterproof sunscreen.
  • What’s included: 2 hours coaching, surfboard and wetsuit hire, unbiased equipment selection advice
  • Photos: Photos are available on the day
  • Price:  $69 / surfer (min 4 surfers required)-  contact us for any special requests
  • Ages 6+

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What people say


Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“We had such a good time! The teacher Finn is really good, know what he talks about and could tell us just what we needed! We learned the basics and more, so had lots of waves and that just made us rent boards for the next day! Perfect day with a great instructor! Thank you.”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“I took 4 kids along with myself for a 1st timer surf lesson and we had a great day. The location is mint, and the waves were perfect for us!  Instructions and equipment were A+ and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer group of people to help us out for the 2 hr lesson.  Very keen to do it again some time. Highly recommended.”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“It was an amazing experience! We had a great instructor who was very helpful and professional. He helped us individually and so we could progress quickly. Aotearoa surf school is a perfect school for beginners. We would come back with pleasure!”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“Really awesome time surfing with an even more awesome instructor 🙂 Had lots of fun while making heaps of progress would hundred percent recommend!”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“These guys run a very professional service and Ben was an excellent teacher who got us all up and standing on our first time out. I wanted to make sure I had all the proper know how to start off in the right way, and I’m very glad I went with Aotearoa Surf School. Everything from the booking email with all the info and location mapped out, to great gear used for the lesson and awesome photos of you surfing. Highly recommend!”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“Aotearoa Surf School was great – it is around 1.5h drive from Auckland which makes it a great location for a weekend activity. Out instructor, Ben, was really good at explaining dos and don’ts – both for lessons but also for the future surfing without an instructor looking over you. I thought that was really great that he shared his knowledge with us about beach safety etc. as an addition to the technique.

Besides that, he did also take pictures of us all and showed it to us straight after the lesson was over. It was a great way to explain what we did good and what we did not so good – we would definitely surf again soon with Aotearoa Surf School, thanks for a great day!”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

“Friendly and knowledgeable staff, providing great advice and boards for every level! We had an awesome day! Stunning location!”

Aotearoa Surf 5 star review

I had an excellent private lesson with Aotearoa Surf School.  The online registration was easy as, I received a confirmation email, a reminder email and a confirmation call day of. My coach, Finn was most excellent. He was so kind, understanding and helpful throughout the whole lesson. I had only surfed once before and felt like I improved quite a bit within two hours. The coach was able to give me pointed tips about what I needed to change in order to improve my technique. I felt really safe and comfortable in the water from the start. I would absolutely recommend this surf school to anyone who is just starting out or wants to improve on what they already know.”

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