Rapu
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Established in 2001, we were known as New Zealand Surf 'n' Snow Tours for 13 years. We have re-branded ourselves as Rapu which in Maori means 'to seek' and, we feel, captures the quest to find that perfect New Zealand adventure. During summer, we offer both day and multi-day Surf Tours. During winter, whether you are a skier, snowboarder or an outdoor adventurer we have snow tour options for you.
Auckland Central, New Zealand

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Mike Lever
2 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Adam did a great job ensuring everyone was having a good time and by the end of the day 5 beginners were catching waves living our surfing dreams.
I'd recommend Rapu to anyone.
Written 24 March 2019
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Lenatlp
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Jan 2019 • Friends
I booked the two day‘s surf tour with a friend and I would def. book it a second time!
Brett was the best surf teacher ever . He is a very funny and cool guy but of course you feel that he has a lot of experiences and knows a lot about surfing , the ocean and safety in the ocean and while surfing .
I learned so much in this two day’s , and I‘m very thankful for this ! I learned a lot about the ocean , how to read it and how to stay safe . Of course a lot about surfing ! Brett is explaining very good ! And he is doing everything that you can do it . I felt very safe and I can recommend it to beginner‘s.
Both of the day‘s were filled with surfing and A lot of fun and experiences .
Thank you Brett !!
Written 19 January 2019
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Anna
5 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
We are so pleased with rapu and higly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to surf. We were taken really good care of from the moment we were picked up until the moment we were droppes of. It really is good value for the money, we would be willing to pay much more if we were doing the trip again. You can expect instructors wich are good at giving feedback and makes sure you have a good time. Rapu makes an effort to do the “little extra”. We are really pleased and happy! Shaaaaka 😃
Written 14 December 2018
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AnitaZimmermann
22 contributions
Nov 2017
We had a great time in the North with Rapu adventures, we surfed Shipwrecks´ Bay, East Coast, and Ahipara during 4 days, and learnt a lot with Brett, who has been kind, patient, flexible, and an excellent coach! We would definitely go on a surftrip again with Rapu, to keep up improving and having fun.
Thanks a lot!
Written 28 October 2018
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Laurissa C
2 contributions
Sept 2017 • Solo
A little late but last year I did the 7 day surf camp with Brett! I had never surfed before nor had I spent that much time in the ocean ... I am a Canadian lake girl! Brett and his team were amazing. They were so accommodating and taught me so much technique ... I also did a surf camp in Australia and I was really frustrated there because they were not as good as Brett! Brett made me sooo comfortable in the water & I totally fell in love with the sport. So much fun & a real kiwi experience. Food was also amazing! Views from the bach / hostel were great!! Definitely a great way to start my solo backpacking adventure across New Zealand... I wanted to go back and do it again but couldn't because of time at the end of my trip!
Written 22 August 2018
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jacang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This was our first trip to NZ and first snow tour. It was a memorable weekend indeed with our guide Brett and the other lovely family from Australia. To Brett - thank you - you were so so super!
Written 19 July 2018
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wlord1
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Family
We had one of the most memorable weekends in our lives on recent ski trip to Mt Ruapehu. Our guide Brett is one of the most genuine, caring souls you could ever meet and did everything he could to ensure we were looked after, going above and beyond many times. This is a trip we will never forget. Special mention to Tasha, who was great with communication leading up to the tour, updating with arrangements, weather, snow conditions etc. Could not be happier with this company and would very highly recommend. Thanks again, our privilege to have met you Brett.
Written 16 July 2018
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Marianne05j
Columbia, MO7 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Must-do surf tour - I highly recommend it!! The tour departed from a convenient pick-up location in walking distance from our B&B, and the drive to and from Piha beach offered great views of the stunning New Zealand countryside. Our guide, Brett, kept us well entertained en route with information about the area, local culture, and surfing in general, and also provided some introductory information about surfing safety. Piha was a beautiful black-sand beach with huge rock formations that made a great backdrop to the surfing experience.

My husband had always wanted to surf, but neither of us ever had, so we were complete beginners. Our instructor, Gilles, was amazingly patient and helpful, and made sure we had the surf experience we were looking for. This was especially true for me, as I'm not all that comfortable in the ocean (my small 5-ft frame is easily tossed around by the waves and current) - but this was on my husband's bucket list, so there we were. While I'm sure Gilles was wondering what the heck I was doing there, he never showed any signs of frustration and made me feel, well, as safe as I possible could in that scenario! The small group format (just 3 of use taking lessons) allowed ample time for Gilles to attend to each of our different needs (with me of course being the neediest). My husband had more confidence in the water than I did, and the other member of the group had surfed a few times before, and it appeared Gilles was easily able to meet each of us where we were at and we all had a fabulous time. We got to surf for as long as we wanted, and all of us in the end got to pop up and ride some waves.

Oh, and as an unexpected added bonus, Brett took a ton of great pictures that he shared with us on Facebook. So, yeah, no downsides to the tour or guides and I can only say - do it!!
Written 23 February 2018
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Thank you for the fantastic feedback! We love to hear about how our guests enjoyed the experience. Was wonderful to meet you and perhaps our paths will cross again. All the best from the Rapu Team!
Written 8 March 2018
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catlina U
2 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
Rapu adventure is amazing, they have a really good surf instructor. I highly recommend. Finally I can take waves for myself. Thank you rapu for awesome class.
Written 27 January 2018
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Hi C! Thanks for joining us and hopefully we will see you again. Keep practising!
Written 29 January 2018
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Lala F
4 contributions
Sept 2016 • Solo
A bit late but here it goes! Brett is the topnotch ski tour and guide. They were flexible and did their best to accomodate my private tour even with changing weather! Warm, friendly and hilarious Brett! Recommended! :-)
Written 12 February 2017
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May be late, but we always appreciate hearing from our guests! Thank you for your feedback and perhaps our paths will cross again some day!
Written 22 February 2017
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