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4 Days Intensive Surf Camp in Whangamata, North Island, New Zealand


Beginner Surf Camp New Zealand

The surf camp in Whangamata, New Zealand offers you daily surf lessons, all equipment, transport to the best surf spots of the area, beach accommodation, and fun atmosphere. This affordable package is suitable for surfing beginners and first timers who are eager to improve their skills as soon as possible. Your friendly hosts and certified instructors promise amazing surfing spots, uncrowded waves, and idyllic surroundings.


  • 4 two-hour group surf lessons
  • Prior demonstration and simulation
  • Van transportation to the best surf spots
  • Surfboards, wetsuits, and certified surf instructors
  • Ocean awareness, equipment, and etiquette
  • 3 nights dorm accommodation
  • Daily cooked breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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The drifter room is a shared room consisting of four single beds, set as spacious bunks. Beds are sold separately, so that a solo person can choose a smaller ratio.

The Whangamata bar dorm consists of six single beds, set as spacious bunks. Beds are sold separately, so that a solo person can choose a cheap backpackers option. All rooms include fresh sheets, with a warm duvet blanket and pillow.

This intensive course was designed to introduce surfing to first timers, with a progressive methodology that will take you to ride your first waves. This is the perfect package for beginners who wish to learn and develop fast. Students will get an intensive routine of two lessons a day, which will allow fast improvement.

You will surf in the morning with your group, which will give you a good warm-up for the day. After lunch, instructors will take you to a second lesson, where you will keep practicing the techniques you have learnt in the morning.

All classes begin with stretching and warm up, so the students get the awareness of the importance to stretch. Before getting in the water, the instructor describes the waves conditions for that day, and points out rip currents and sandbars, so students are aware of what is happening at the spot.

After that, a deeply explained land lesson begins, so students have a chance to observe the demonstrations on land. All movements and techniques that are demonstrated by the instructor are repeated by students, so they can feel and understand by themselves. This simulation prepares the students for getting into the water and controlling the board in the waves, paddling out, getting through the surf, and standing up.

You will start in the white water with special boards that will make you stand in no time. Once you get the basics, instructors will guide you through more advanced techniques, so you can start surfing on your own.

To ensure your safety, instructors will cover ocean awareness, equipment, and etiquette, just to name some of the topics that are part of the lessons.

Groups include one instructor to every six students. If the waves get bigger or the crowds increase, they might even do a one-on-one ratio, just so you are safe in the water.

Of course, instructors want to avoid big waves and the crowd. That is why they have two cars available for customers, so they can take you to the best waves of the day. Everyone will enjoy improving their technique with helpful guidance from certified Instructors. The fun is guaranteed!

An in-depth coaching with video analysis is also available, but it is an extra option at extra cost.

The town of Whangamata is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, in the North Island of New Zealand.

Nearby places

  • Auckland - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Auckland Airport (AKL), 90 kilometers
  • Hamilton - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Tairua beach, 20 kilometers
  • Tauranga - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Thames, 30 kilometers
  • Waihi, 25 kilometers

Daily cooked breakfast will be served during this surf camp.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Coromandel surf tour

This day tour is a unique opportunity for travelers to explore the Coromandel Peninsula. You will visit some of the most iconic spots on the east coast, such as the Hot Water Beach, Sailors Grave, Tairua, and Whangamata.

The day will start with a 10:00 a.m. pick up at Hotties Beach Eatery in Hot Water Beach, where customers will board the van. You will head down south, looking for the best surfing spot of the day, driving through Sailors Grave, Tairua, and Whangamata.

Once you arrive at the chosen destination, you will head straight to the water and chase the great waves New Zealand has to offer. The Coromandel Peninsula is one of the top holiday destinations. It is famous for its incredible waves and stunning scenery around.

The certified surf instructors will get you going in no time with safe equipment and expertise. Surfing will be another incredible experience!

In the afternoon, there will be a delicious picnic on the beach, prepared by Hotties. If you have any energy left, you will explore the local town and engage on hidden tracks, known only by locals.

This five-hour trip costs 99 NZD per person, including transportation, two hours of surf lessons, equipment, English-speaking instructor, and picnic on the beach.

Donut Island full guided sunset paddle tour

Experience a full learning experience about one of the most exotic locations in the Coromandel Peninsula. The two-hour tour costs 70 NZD.

Private stand up paddling lesson

Get the feeling and understanding of the basic techniques to stand up paddle boarding correctly. Schedule a private lesson with a certified instructor on waves or flat water. The lesson is one hour long and costs 80 NZD.

Self guided kayak tour

The winter deal with sea kayaks, single or double, includes map explanation on where to go during your day of exploring. All islands can be seen from the beach. The first island is within a 15-minute paddling distance. Once there, you are free to dive, fish, go to the secluded beach at Clark, and find the secret caves and hidden beaches.

The set off is in front of Surf N Stay New Zealand. The trip costs 30 NZD per person, including map explanation, life jacket vests, full length wetsuits, and free rental time for you not to rush back.

Yoga sessions

There is no better way to finish up a day than with a yoga session to relax. By the beach, harbor, estuary or park, locations vary according to weather and number of yoginis. Book before you come for 17 NZD per session.

Surf N Stay New Zealand provides one-hour massage sessions for 80 NZD, because there is no better way to finish a week or a day of work.

  • 3 nights dorm accommodation
  • 4 two-hour group surf lessons
  • Access to all facilities and parking area
  • Daily breakfast
  • Surf N Stay New Zealand t-shirt
  • Unlimited surfboard and wetsuit rental during your stay
  • Van transportation to the best surf spots
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel costs

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Auckland Airport (AKL). Surf N Stay New Zealand will pick you up from Auckland Airport (AKL) and drop you off at the accommodation. The two-hour drive will cost you 73 NZD.

Arrival by bus

There are buses from Auckland Airport (AKL) to the two main towns neighboring Whangamata, namely Tairua and Waihi. Surf N Stay New Zealand provide a free pick up from these towns.

Driving directions from cities and towns

There are a few options here. Surf to Sand Shuttle can be booked for you to be picked up from the info site at Waihi, you can ask for details to make a pre-booking. Check InterCity New Zealand’s national network for bus schedules and bookings. Otherwise, you make contact with Go Kiwi to get to Whangamata from other cities and towns. Connections with other bus company’s like Go Stray and The Kiwi Explorer will be heading to one of the neighboring towns. Surf N Stay New Zealand will arrange the transfer van for you.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 5 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Whangamata, New Zealand

Surf N Stay New Zealand offers accommodation for all travelers, daily surf lessons, and all you need for an adventure in Whangamata.

Speaks English

  • Availability: The Surf Camps of this organizer are available 96% of the time.
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Special discount

Returning customers are eligible for a special discount of 10% per person.

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