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New Zealand Surfing

The 5-day surf camp or safari is for beginners to advanced surfers alike. The custom tailored surf wagon gets you on the beach to remote locations where you can learn to surf in uncrowded conditions. This tour takes you to the sub-tropical waters and climate of the winterless North, which offers a variety of waves to suit all abilities. The surf locations are as follows: Bay of Islands, Tutukaka Coast, Shipwrecks (Far North), Taupo Bay, etc.


  • Knowledgeable coaches
  • Best waves found to suit all abilities
  • Meet new friends and enjoy Northland's amazing scenery
  • Experience nature at its best with dolphins and whales cruising
  • Small groups to ensure you get the attention you need
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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First Light Travel New Zealand Surf Itinerary

Day 1 (Monday): Kia Ora - welcome

The safari begins departing Auckland and heading for the far north to the Surf Lodge and School at the stunning Taupo Bay in New Zealands winterless north. Taupo Bay is off the beaten track and a secret place that kiwis like to holiday, a place so you won’t meet too many tourists other than like-minded surfers.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Surf lessons

  • You will have daily surf lessons which will set you up for your surfing career!
  • You will learn how to catch a wave, how to stand up and maybe you will even catch your first green wave! On top of all that surf time, you have theory lessons on a range of surf related topics.
  • First Light Travel will take some photos of your progress for you to keep and show your friends and family. Lessons will be featured throughout the safari and individuals will be taught how to refine techniques along the way.

Day 3 (Wednesday): Surfing location 1 - Taupo Bay

  • Taupo Bay is a stunning bay adored by surfers and swimmers alike and being a good all-rounder, it is excellent for all levels of surfer - a very popular beach for those who know where to find it.
  • Surfing description: This is a beach break on a sandy beach, located east of Kaitaia on the east coast of Northland. There are several peaks down the beach to choose from with both right and left handers. The wave is powerful and hollow, with good barrels on offer. There can also be a good right hander down the southern end of the beach.

Day 4 (Thursday): Surfing location 2 - Shipwreck Bay

  • Shipwreck Bay is well known for excellent surf, with big long rides. The bay is sandy with a few rocks around the point. Shipwreck Bay has two waves, with shipwreck Bay or Wreck Bay being on the left. Shipwreck Bay is located at the township of Ahipara, which lies at the southernmost point of Ninety Mile Beach and is a very laid back place to stop for a couple of days to work on your surfing style.

Day 5 (Friday)

  • Good for all levels of surfers and again for those in the know it is a popular beach. Sandy Bay is a beach break on a sandy beach, located on the east coast, north of Whangarei. There are several peaks down the beach to choose from with both right and left handers. The wave is powerful and hollow with some barrels on offer.

Included excursions

  • Visit to 90 Mile Beach
  • Visit to the Bay of Islands
  • Visit to Tutukaka Coast


This holiday will take place in First Light Travel, level 2, 69-71 Beach Road, Auckland, New Zealand.

Things to do (optional)

  • Caving
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Enjoying food and wine
  • Hiking
  • Horse trekking
  • Kayaking
  • Playing golf
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snow-sports

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation (camping)
  • All meals
  • All surfing equipment
  • All transport
  • Surf lessons and guide/ teacher
  • Transfers from Paihia

What's not included

  • International and New Zealand departure taxes, customs and immigration fees
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls, tipping, room service, optional excursions, beverages, etc.)
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