Top Weekend Surf Camps in Australia & New Zealand
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Surfing is undeniably one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about the Down Under. Next to kangaroos, koalas, and kiwis, of course.
The sport is an integral part of Australia and New Zealand’s cultures. It is a way of life. With an outstanding variety of world-class points, reefs, and beach breaks, both countries are also at the top of every avid surfer’s bucket list.
Being two of the world’s greatest surfing nations, it’s no surprise that there are numerous surf camps in Australia and New Zealand that welcome beginners and pros alike. There are programs tailored not only to various skills levels, but also to each surfer’s particular needs. From month-long courses and weeklong vacations all the way to weekend getaways, there’s something for everyone, no matter your schedule.
Thankfully, there’s no need to wait until your next long vacation to go surfing. You can go on a short getaway or a long weekend whenever you feel like disconnecting and reconnecting with the ocean and waves. And then bring that holiday chill into your everyday life.
To help you narrow down the options, check out the top weekend surf camps in Australia and New Zealand for a quick, yet intense escapade:
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- Skill level: Beginner
- Availability: All year round
- Price: From AUD 285 per person for 3 days/2 nights
Immerse yourself in the laidback surfer lifestyle, even if only for a few days, and carry those chill vibes into your everyday life. Located in Byron Bay, the easternmost point in Australia and a surfing mecca, this highly-rated surf camp is the ultimate thrill and chill package.
With beaches facing north, east, and south directions, there’s always a wave to be found at Byron Bay. During your three-day stay, there’ll be two surf lessons adapted for beginners, as well as a two-hour free surfboard hire.
On top of all that, you’ll also enjoy a one and a half hours yoga session each day. The yoga lessons are conveniently held at a yoga studio just ten minutes from the surf house, while your lodging is only five minutes from the town center and the beach.
A typical day starts with yoga in the morning, which lasts about one and a half hours. The surf lessons are usually held in the afternoon and last between three to four hours each. All the necessary surfing equipment is provided during the lessons.
There are several free activities that you can join at the surf house when you’re not riding the waves, such as bongo lessons, didgeridoo making, bush tucker walks, and Reiki workshops.
» READ MORE: All You Need to Know About Surfing in Australia
- Skill level: All levels
- Availability: All year round (except New Year & Beach Hop)
- Price: From NZD 225 per person for 2 days/1 night
In need of a quick getaway to recharge and rejuvenate? On the North Island of New Zealand, in the chic surf town of Whangamata, this surf camp is ideal for singles, couples, or friends looking for a short break; not just on weekends, but any time of the week.
Surrounded by beautiful beaches, rainforest walks, and fun surf, Whangamata is the perfect place for a beachside getaway. Stay in a family-owned surf lodge, just one minute from the beach and five minutes from town. Breakfast is included in the price and you’re welcome to use the cooking facilities, including the BBQ, to whip up your meals for the rest of the day.
This program offers one private surf or SUP lesson, either one-on-one or with two students per instructors if you book with another person. The instructors cater to all levels of surfers, from absolute beginners to those who’ve ridden more than a few gnarly barrels. All the necessary surfing equipment is provided.
During your stay, you’ll also enjoy a relaxing yoga session with a qualified instructor and have plenty of free time to explore the surroundings.
- Skill level: Beginner
- Availability: All year round (on weekends only, starting Friday)
- Price: From AUD 395 per person for 3 days/2 nights
Dreaming of spending the weekend camping at the beach? On the south coast of New South Wales, this surf camp is a real Aussie adventure.
Stay in the small coastal village of Bendalong, in the Conjola National Park, about 220 kilometers south of Sydney. You’ll be provided with comfortable camping beds and all the bedding, which will make the experience just as cozy as a hotel, with the added perks of sleeping under a canopy of stars while surrounded by wildlife and nature.
The camp is located on a peninsula and is surrounded by water on three sides. On the other side is the Conjola National Park, which provides outstanding wildlife interaction. The area has six amazing beaches facing different directions, which makes it an excellent place to find good surf on any given day.
The package includes two days of surfing lessons and all daily meals, as well as exciting excursions, such as feeding the kangaroos or discovering the fascinating wildlife and birds.
A typical day starts with a hearty breakfast and is followed by the first surfing session of the day. You can then discover the wildlife at your own pace. Lunch is served at midday, after which you’ll go on the second two-hour surf session and have dinner in the evening.
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- Skill level: All levels
- Availability: All year round
- Price: From AUD 250 per person for 3 days/2 nights
If you’re looking for a short surfing getaway that won’t break the bank, join this affordable surf camp in Byron Bay, the epicenter of surfing in New South Wales. Have a memorable weekend riding the wide variety of waves in the area. There are over 15 surf beaches to choose from!
Enjoy two surf lessons of four hours each, as well as two two-hour beach hires to surf outside the lessons.
Whether you’ve never surfed before or are already an experienced surfer, the instructors will adapt the lessons to your needs. You’ll be divided into small groups of surfers with similar abilities, and you can choose to have the surf lessons in the morning or afternoon.
The lessons include transfer to the beach, warm-up, technique practice, ocean education (identifying rip currents, sand banks, wind and swell direction), as well as time in the water riding the waves.
Stay at a surf hostel right in the center of town, only a half-minute walk to the iconic Main Beach. The price includes two breakfast boxes, two half-price meal voucher, and a free drink token at a local restaurant.
- Skill level: Beginners
- Availability: November & December
- Price: From AUD 300 per person for 4 days/3 nights
Western Australia is home to some of the best waves in the Down Under, from the gnarly reefs at Margaret River to the quiet beaches of Rottnest Island and all the way to the remote surf breaks on the Coral Coast.
If you’re looking for beginner-friendly waves and expert tuition near Perth, this short surf camp might be just what you need.
Stay at a small hostel in the heart of vibrant Fremantle and get three days of in-depth surf lessons. You’ll be taken to the best beginner surf beaches in the area, where you’ll receive personalized attention and immediate feedback while in the water so that you can make significant progress. Surfboard and wetsuit hire are included in the package.
During these four incredible days, you’ll also get free wave time so that you can surf for as long as you wish outside the lessons.
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Join a surf camp in Australia that will take care of everything, from accommodation and meals to tuition, so that you can sit back, relax, and focus on riding the awesome waves.