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Aotearoa Surf School

Mangawhai, New Zealand
About Aotearoa Surf School
Aotearoa Surf Stand up paddle boarding! Surfing! Kayaking! and much more Get a Lesson, take a tour or explore on your own Enjoy Mangawhai estuary with a Stand up paddle boarding lesson We have a large range of stand up paddle boards and surfboards for the whole family. Safe, Easy and fun. Regular lessons and tours operating all year round at the Mangawhai tavern, surf beach, and from our home base at Te Arai Beach Aotearoa Surf is the oldest established surf school and hire company, operating for 12 years Qualified and experienced coaches Stand up paddle boarding, surfing and kayaking think Aotearoa Surf! The surf beaches in the area are among the safest in the world yet provide ideal conditions for surfers of all skill levels. Learn in safe gentle waves in waist deep water with your coach right next to you. Our 6:1 coaching ratio means you get the best supervision and tuition.
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Private 2 Hour Surf Lesson

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2 hours 30 minutes
from US$150.05
from US$60.32
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Langs girls wrote a review 6 Jun
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This review is coming from a group of teenage girls who have been on the camp from 18th of April - 23rd April 2021. We would like to make it clear that the camp itself was not the problem but in-fact Che (the boss) has been highly unprofessional and perverted towards us therefore making us very uncomfortable. Che constantly makes inappropriate comments about and directed to us teen girls about our bodies and unnecessary remarks about what we are doing. We have noticed that he takes advantage of the young surf instructors and constantly put them in difficult situations, through manipulation. He takes photos of girls starting around the ages of 11 up to the instructors on his PERSONAL phone- he zooms in on the girls butts and breasts, when in bikinis. This scares us mainly because it’s his personal phone not a camera used for the company. He took photos of us getting changed in and out of our wetsuits. He encouraged the girls to swim in his spa at his his own house and started taking photos once again on his personal phone saying they would go on the company Instagram page but only one was posted when several were taken. A few of the girls in our group could not participate in the competition on the last day due to their periods but Che stated that this was “disgusting” and “unnatural” although it is a completely normal thing. He told two of the girls on their periods that they “need to go into the water to cleanse yourself” these comments were completely unnecessary and don’t need to be said to campers. This is disappointing because all the young boys idolise him and look up to him whilst he sets an awful example. Despite Che and his awful behaviour we all thoroughly enjoyed the camp. The instructors were amazing and super supportive and made this camp what it was. Most of us have never surfed before and on the competition day we all stood up, caught great waves and now love surfing due to the incredible instructors such as - Ollie, Tatum and Lucy, to name a few. The camp instructors are some of the most amazing people we have ever met especially Kiana, Ophe and Tiger. The camp instructors helped us whenever we needed anything, put an insane amount of effort into the weeklong camp and took it upon themselves to make it the best it could be. We are all intending to go to the January camp in 2022 but will try to avoid Che unless something is done in the meantime.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Kristin P wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions1 helpful vote
I'd like to single out Ollie who was a great coach, demonstrating moves that we can only hope to emulate, but he can isolate your areas to work on, and does everything with a huge smile on his face. Hannah and Nathan were also amazing. I had two group lessons. The first with 19 people, which left me a bit frustrated though I had learned some basics. The second, there were just two of us, at Mangawhai, and we had such a great time in messy surf; I left feeling totally elated. I'd highly recommend Ollie as a coach and the whole operation which is very professional.
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Date of experience: February 2021
EmGeeNZ wrote a review Oct 2020
Kaiwaka, New Zealand19 contributions7 helpful votes
Dear Che and the AMAZING TEAM. I want to say an almighty thank you. This four days have been so special for us - we have watched our girl grow in confidence and resilience. For someone who is locked into a different world to most of us, who processes life so unusually, the challenges you set pushed her to her limits beautifully and she has blossomed. I never thought that she'd ever want to even have a go - let alone ride a wave!!! Everyday we expected her to say 'I'm not going back' You guys are inspirational leaders - your passion and love for the water is infectious. She'll be back - weekly lessons coming up 😂
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Date of experience: October 2020
Adam Claude P wrote a review Sep 2020
5 contributions6 helpful votes
Lee our surf Pro guide was amazing with Sebastien, eight years old. Fantastic instructor!!! Highly recommend
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Date of experience: September 2020
John P wrote a review Feb 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
Fantastic location at TeArai. Team made this day fun and enjoyable. Jason was full of enthusiasm - catching. Everything provided, felt safe, photos a gem. Would recommend
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Date of experience: February 2020