An epic 6 day/5 night adventure in January 2020

Two options: Sunday 19th – Friday 24th and Sunday 26th – Friday 31st in Mangawhai

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.

Aotearoa Surf summer camp for kids - Mangawhai
Aotearoa Surf summer camp for kids - Mangawhai
Aotearoa Surf summer camp for kids - Mangawhai
Aotearoa Surf summer camp for kids - Mangawhai
Aotearoa Surf summer camp for kids - Mangawhai
Aotearoa Surf summer camp for kids - Mangawhai

We’ve taken the Aotearoa Surf holiday programmes that produce confident, happy surfing kids and created an all-included summer camp that’ll get your kids riding waves and give them the experience of a lifetime (and let you have a week’s getaway in Mangawhai if you choose to be involved).

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Everything's included

From surfing lessons to accommodation

We’ll pick your kids up from Auckland or Albany (or, you can drop them off at the camp), provide days packed with activities that are carefully supervised and appropriate for their age and ability, nutritious meals and comfortable dorm accommodation.


80 minutes north of Auckland, Mangawhai’s beach and harbour has everything a great summer camp needs, from great surf to safe swimming.

All inclusive

From transport to the camp from Auckland to meals, accommodation, activities, equipment… even sunscreen, we’ve thought of everything and included it in your camp fee.

Ages 8 to 16

This camp is for ages 8 to 16 and for all surfing and swimming abilities – our team of experienced surf instructors and lifeguards will tailor lessons to suit.

Location and activities

We’ll be camping at Moirs Point camp, with awesome views over the Mangawhai Harbour.

Surfing lessons twice a day

Twice a day, we’ll be at Mangawhai Heads Beach, Te Arai Beach or Mangawhai Harbour for surfing lessons, keeping everyone progressing and gaining surfing confidence.

Back at the camp, which is right on the water, we’ll be paddleboarding and kayaking or be on the confidence course, waterslide, playing soccer, rugby or volleyball.

At night, activities will include a camp fire, movies, talent show, concert and BBQ.


Dorm style accommodation grouped by ages and genders.
Campers can be in the same room as friends.


Nutritious meals and unlimited fruit are provided. All dietary requirements such as vegeterian, gluten free and diary free can be catered for.

Aotearoa Surf summer camp for kids - Mangawhai

Aotearoa Surf has been operating for 16 years with a perfect safety record.

We’re Surfing NZ & Water Safety approved for surfing and paddleboarding and have a fully qualified and experienced team.

We operate an 6-8:1 surfer ratio – one instructor per 6-8 children dependent on age and ability

Our surf instructors are also qualified surfing instructors, surf lifesaving awarded , first aid trained and have undergone full police checks. The team is experienced managing kids surf camps and large groups.

Surfing NZ
Surfing New Zealand Approved SUP School
First aid qualified
Getting there and what to bring

Kids need to bring

Sleeping bag and pillow
5x change of clothes
Swim wear and Towel
Bathroom supplies, personal effects and any medication
All equipment is supplied however kids are welcome to bring their own surfboard and wetsuit if they wish
Head torch or torch
* No electronic devices allowed *


Pickup and drop off service from Auckland to Mangawhai – Parents are welcome to drop off / pick up from camp.

12:45 pm Ellerslie Racecourse – 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera (Auckland Car Fair Carpark)
1:45 pm Albany Bus Station – Elliot Rose Ave, Albany (Main platform)
3:00 pm Drop off at Camp – 117 Estuary Dr, Mangawhai Heads

:00 am Pickup from Camp – 117 Estuary Dr, Mangawhai Heads
1:45 pm  Drop off Albany Bus Station – Elliot Rose Ave, Albany (Main platform)
2:45 pm Drop Off Ellerslie Racecourse – 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera (Auckland Car Fair Carpark)


$950 per child (all inclusive)
$850 per child (early bird special – very limited spaces)

3 or more surfers? – get 5% off, saving $142! (not applicable for earlybird pricing)

Payment plans are available, with weekly or fortnightly payments to suit your circumstances.

Places are strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment!

Make it a summer holiday

Bring the whole family to Mangawhai for a summer holiday and let us take care of the kids! You’ll find our top picks for local places to stay here, other Mangawhai accommodation options here and plenty of things to do here.

We’ll be keeping you updated daily with pictures and activities and there is an opportunity on Thursday 17th Jan to come watch your child surfing and see the progress they have made!

The summer camp surf competition

On Thursday of both weeks, we’ll run a surf competition, with heaps of prizes from surfboards, wetsuits, bodyboards and surf clothing. Parents are invited to come and support their child, checking out their progress on this day.

Competition heats

10am – Platino Surf Comp – 8-10 year olds
12pm – Vissla Surf Comp – 11-12 year olds
2pm – NSP Surf Comp – 13-16 year olds

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