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7 Days Surf and Yoga Camp in Whangamata, North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand Surf Camp

This surf camp is the place for all travelers who look to surf, relax, socialize, and have fun. The surf and yoga package is aimed at those who wish for a unique experience in New Zealand. Located in Whangamata, on the Coromandel Peninsula, the surf lodge is in a perfect location for a surf and yoga camp. The friendly hosts will provide affordable, yet beautiful experiences, offering yoga sessions, surf lessons, and transport to the best spots of the area.

Highlights

  • 5 yoga sessions
  • 5 two-hour surf lessons
  • Van transportation to the best surf spots
  • Surfboards, wetsuits, and certified instructors
  • Ocean awareness, equipment, and etiquette
  • 6 nights dorm accommodation
  • Daily cooked breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Auckland International Airport (US$64 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Drifter room

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 Drifter room includes fresh sheets with a warm duvet blanket and pillow.

Whangamata bar dorm

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. The Whangamata dorm includes fresh sheets with a warm duvet blanket and pillow.

Surf N Stay Surf Camp New Zealand Program

Surf lessons

Morning will be fully filled with an early delicious breakfast and water activities, including a surf lesson for either level one or two of surfing. After that, you will get back to the camp and get a bite to eat. The afternoon is reserved for more surfing, as all the surfing gear is available to guests to use as they please.

Level 1

For level one, 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 surf 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!

Level 2

Level two means students must attend to a few minimal requirements to join this program. They must catch their owns waves without help, deal with currents and waves, and take off on a green wave.

The surf sessions begin with mixing instructor help in the water with filmed sessions. This is to assess your weaknesses and your strengths, so you can receive the best advice. Next sessions will start with a theory about currents, crowds, positioning on the lineup, maneuvers, and body mechanics analysis.

You will also get to know more advanced spots within Coromandel area, so you can experience different waves at different conditions of wind and tide.

Surf schedule:

  • 10:00 am - 12:00pm
  • 12:30 pm - 2:30pm
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Yoga

There is no better way to start or finish up a day than with a yoga session to pump-up your muscles or relax. The yoga sessions are held off-site in a yoga studio just about 5 to 10 minutes walk from the surf house. The studios are Take a Breath and Nourish. Both studios have different types of yoga and good choice of days and times.

Take a Breath studio

They have a Hammock Yoga that is very good to release your joints and spine. It is a different kind of yoga but super fun and relaxing. This class is suitable for anyone who wishes to start yoga.Their classes are held from Monday to Friday, from 6 am to 5 pm.

The classes are divided between Intro, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. A timetable will be provided to you on arrival.

  • Intro yoga – What yoga is and what it can do for you.
  • Beginners Yoga – Introducing Mantra, Postures, Breath and Meditation.
  • Intermediate Yoga – Learn to develop further meditation techniques, postures and breathing.
  • Advanced Yoga – Develop strength within the postures. Increase the power of breath with control.
  • Meditation – Learn techniques to clear the mind, help to bring healing to yourself, relationships and
  • even the planet.
  • Relaxation – Learn the discipline of this rest, remaining in a conscious rest and at the same time
  • freeing your body of tension.
  • Joint health – Loosing joints and eliminating blockages in the joints. Its good for arthritis,
  • rheumatism, after illness and general stiffness producing a warming and loosening effect.
  • Spine-health – Learn how to bring back full range of movement to the spine through subtle exercises
  • and by applying chi ball self - massage.

As surfers, the practice of yoga helps your body and mind. All of the exercises and postures involved in the practice help you increase your body strength and perform better in the water. Similarly, the meditation side of it helps you to be focused and calm.

Location

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

Food

Daily breakfast is provided with cereal's and multi-grain toast or cooked pancakes, or eggs. If you have a preference or dietary needs, please inform reception on check in.

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

Things to do (optional)

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 Guided Kayak Tour

Experience a full learning experience about one of the most exotic locations in the Coromandel Peninsula, the set off is at Island Veiw Road with Surfsup Tours.The two-hour tour costs 80 NZD.

Self Guided Kayak Tour

With sea kayaks, single or double, all islands can be seen from the beach. The first island is within a 20-minute paddling distance. Once there, you are free to swim, then, go to the secluded beach at Clark island. The trip costs 40 NZD per person, including map explanation, life jacket vests.

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.

Spa treatments

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.

What's included

  • 5 two-hour surf lessons
  • 5 yoga sessions
  • 6 nights dorm accommodation
  • Available surfing gear
  • Daily breakfast
  • Wi-Fi access

What's not included

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel costs

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Auckland Airport (AKL). Go Kiwi Shuttles will pick you up from Auckland City 94 NZD or the airport (domestic or international ) and drop you off at the door of the surf lodge.

Arrival by bus

There are buses from Auckland Airport (AKL) to the two main towns neighboring Whangamata, namely Tairua and Waihi.

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 companies 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.

Airport: Auckland International Airport Airport transfer available: Auckland International Airport (US$64 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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