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If you desire for surf lessons, fantastic views, and a great place for holiday, you should try visiting Surfpad @ Pataua! If you are a beginner in surfing, you will be happy and safe to improve your skills since it is 30 paces to the Ocean Beach and has the amazing views of Poorknights and Pacific Ocean. You will not regret your visit there!

Meet the instructors

Diana, Neville, Wini, & 2 More…
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  • 3 surf lessons
  • Organized surf lessons
  • Experienced surf teachers
  • Learner boards rental by Bic
  • Surfing equipment rental
  • 3 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Surfpad @ Pataua has the perfect beach accommodation. It is a home away from home but without the worries! They supply all the linen and all you need is your beach towels. Locally known as the “Loveshack”, this accommodation can accommodate up to 6 persons. You may choose between 3 bedrooms for your stay in Surfpad @ Pataua: Master suite (1 queen bed), second bedroom (1 queen bed), and third bedroom (1 bunk bed).


  • Barbecue and gas
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Boat ramp
  • Clothes dryer
  • Cot
  • Easy access
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage (Telecom, Vodafone)
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Sky television
  • Table tennis table
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • Television
  • Toddler safe
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access


Surfpad @ Pataua has qualified instructors who will teach you to embrace the sea’s energy while maintaining respect for the ocean and surrounding coastlines. Surfpad @ Pataua recommends three lessons for the total beginners and they have a good range of learner boards designed by Bic so they are almost bullet proof.

First lesson

The first lesson is in the estuary where you will learn your basic paddling skills and how to maneuver your board. You will also learn how to log roll, body lift, and jump to your feet. These are some real basic stuff that you should all know before you go out into the open surf. Basic surf rules are taught at this stage.

Second lesson

In this second lesson, you will go over the same stuff that you have learnt in the first lesson and you will learn to use these skills while surfing. You will get to practice your body lifts and do some serious log rolls into waves. You'll also learn to spin your board round and then the instructor will start pushing you in to waves and getting you jumping to your feet. A lot of fun is had by all! Be prepared to be pretty tired at the end of all your lessons. Surfing is a totally different sport and you are using new muscles you didn't know existed, plus you have the waves and tide working you as well.

Third lesson

Sometimes, going over the second lesson is necessary. At this stage, you will start paddling for your own waves. Depending on how quick you pick this sport up is and how far you advance at this stage, wave selection comes in to this lesson. Surfing is the most fun and challenging sport you will ever experience.


Diana is a trained and registered anesthetic technician. She is working for Mobile Health one out of five weeks and at times more and locum anesthetic technician in the winter months. This leaves her the summer to teach surfing. Specializing in airway management as her winter job is a good background for her job as a surf instructor. She is very up to date in CPR, which is a useful skill around the water. Most of her life has involved the ocean, with swimming and diving. She has level one qualification in surfing.
Neville has been surfing for more than 25 years. His surf knowledge is outstanding making him an awesome asset to surf pads surf camps which he helps run when needed. Neville has surfed in a countless contest in his time. He has done lots of judging, and organizing of surf contest. Neville's other interest include fishing, swimming, walking, and relaxing with mates over a cold one. He until recently played soccer in the winter months.
Wini Paul
Surfing has been Wini's biggest passion so far and has taken her to many exotic places around the world. Whether she is competing in an international surf contest or out in the weekend with friends surfing gives her so much energy and joy. Being in the ocean every day is always a different experience that keeps her thinking and learning from the various challengers it throws at her.
Eli Morrogh
Eli Morrogh is from a town in the far north in New Zealand called Ahipara, which is famous for its many surf breaks scattered around Tauroa Point or better known as Shipwreck Bay. He has been lucky enough to grow up and live there for the past 20 years and experience all kinds of great waves. Some of his interests include rugby, gaming, teaching and obviously, surfing. He is currently a full-time student at AUT, studying Sport and Recreation on the Northshore of Auckland.
Arrin Clark
Arrin is a true Aquarian and is well versed in the local area, the prevailing conditions and is well respected as a local waterman in a variety of disciplines. Arrin has facilitated a variety of activities and outdoor experiences with young people for 20 years and is an accomplished outdoor instructor with many qualifications and experience behind him. But mostly, he enjoys sharing his passion for the ocean he likes to be in, on or under.


Surfpad @ Pataua is about 30 paces from the surf beach which flows into a beautiful estuary and it is great for the very young swimmers, also good to do some snorkeling if you wish. There is a foot bridge connecting North Pataua and South Pataua. A lot of holidaymakers spend time on the bridge, fishing, and often jumping it as well a very popular pass time at Pataua. There is a boat ramp for those who wish to bring a boat and during the summer holidays, there are fishing contests if that's your game.

Nearby places

  • Shop and bakery - 20 minutes' walk
  • Town - 30 minutes by car
  • Whangarei - 30 minutes by car

What's included

  • 3 hours of surf lessons (3 sessions)
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Experienced instructors
  • Learner boards by Bic

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
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