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NZ Surf n Snow Tours | 5 Day Learn to Surf Surfari

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Departure Days

Departs every Monday and returns Friday from October to June

Returning Days

Returns Friday

Trip Length

5 Day 4 Nights

Extra Costs

Optional tours and activities.

Things to bring

Sunscreen, bathers, sunnies, toiletries, water bottle and camera.


5 Day Surf Tour Surfari – The Search! 

Departs every Monday and returns Friday from October to June Group size: Maximum 10 surfers (plus 2 Surf Instructors)

This is by far the ultimate surfing adventure! Let us take you on a truly unforgettable experience.

For 8 months every year since 2002 we have been running 5 day tours from Auckland up to the sub-tropical climate of the“winterless’ north. You simply will not find a better organised surf tour in New Zealand. This tour is often described by customers as being the best thing they have done while travelling through New Zealand. This is something we are very proud of and this makes this our most popular trip.

Learning to surf is all about;

  1. Having access to the right equipment - which we provide!
  2. Finding the waves that best suit your ability - we’ll make it happen!
  3. Being given the right instruction- we’ll show you how it’s done!

Most of our customers are beginners but many intermediate and experienced surfers take this trip because we find the best waves to suit all abilities.  For the new surfer, having experienced surfers on board is a bonus as it will greatly improve your surfing skills just by hangin with them. The only drawback is that your vocabulary will change and words like‘pits’,‘gnarly’,‘A frames’ and‘going off’ will start rolling off your tongue.

You will quickly make new friends and enjoy Northland’s amazing scenery through the eyes of a surfer. This trip is not just your average tour, for many it is a life changing experience. You will live the life of a surfer -“Only a surfer knows the feeling” Quoted by Billabong.

We have our own exclusive lodge (Ahipara Surf Lodge) which is absolute beachfront located at the base of‘90 Mile Beach’. The advantage of our location is that we have the pick of three different coasts to surf at (west, north and east). Directly in-front of the house is a beautiful sand bottom beach break which is just perfect for beginners to intermediate and long board surfers. You will surf in un-crowded conditions and the tours frequently have the beach to themselves! Hard to believe, but it’s true.

Throughout the week we will also cover surfing theory - surfing rules, surf conditions, rips, currents and tides. On one of the evenings we will use some of the footage taken to help you see what you can improve on. Seeing yourself surf while an experienced guide is giving you tips on your technique is a great tool to develop your surfing.

This is the crème de la crème of surf adventures! Nothing is better than awakening to the sound of the ocean and looking through blurry eyes at an exquisite sun kissed beach with no one around. Then after a full day of surfing, sitting back and relaxing with a drink in one hand and camera in the other reminiscing about the waves and watching the sun slowly fade into the ocean.

Read some of the comments in our Guestbook or visit our Photo Gallery/Videos page and see for yourself.

Bonuses: Unforgettable sunsets and sunrises, wicked memories, new friends, dolphins, whales, wild horses and sand-dune boarding just to name a few.

We provide

  • 5 days surfing (8 surf lessons)
  • 4 night's accommodation, dormitory style at Ahipara Surf Lodge (bedding provided). Upgrades available: Twin $25 per night/per person, Double $50 per night/per room
  • 3 fresh meals daily, yummy sunset BBQ's. Vegetarians no problem. (Lunch on Monday and Friday while in transit is at your own expense)
  • Surfboards, wetsuits, and accessories
  • Daily Surf Lessons (we are normally in the water for 2 hours per surf).
  • All transportation. Pick-up and drop-off from central city Auckland
  • Surf safety, learn about rips, holes and undertows, how to identify them, escape them and use them to your advantage. You will also learn the difference between offshore and onshore winds, afternoon sea breezes, tides, and surfing rules.
  • Video analysis (subject to availability)
  • Beach activities.


Your GuidesAll our guides are internationally recognised ISA surf coaches and hold a minimum level 1 endorsement. They have been trained in surf safety and hold a current first aid certificate for your safety.

Adventure ActivitiesAhipara is an adventure playground! You can swim, walk along the beach, play golf, go fishing, go mountain biking, sand boarding or take a quad bike tour. To be honest surfing twice a day will burn you out. If you have the energy or want to take a day out from surfing there are plenty of options.

What to bringPersonal items, sunscreen, sunglasses, towel, camera, party funds and lots of energy.

Methods of payment:

  • Online Bookings and Phone Bookings: Credit cards accepted... MasterCard, Visa or Amex.
  • Direct deposit - within NZ: Westpac 03 0156 0227359 00. Please email us when the deposit is made, use your name and/or the date of the trip as a reference.
  • Payments outside NZ: Westpac Bank - Swift Code # wpacnz2w, Iban # 03 0156, Account # 0227359, Suffix # 00.
  • Any affiliated travel agent


NZD $799 all inclusiveNZD $699 (Surfers Special if you have your own board and wetsuit)$699 with Return Surfers Voucher - we have so many happy customers doing return trips that we offer a $100 discount. Please ask your guide for a Return Surfers Voucher. Remember to book early to avoid missing out!

SELF DRIVE OPTION - Use your own vehicle NZD $699 all inclusiveNZD $599 (Surfers Special if you have your own board and wetsuit)


Daily Itinerary

Tangaroa and Tawhirimatea, (the gods of the ocean and the elements) ultimately dictate our itinerary. Surfing is all about tide and weather conditions hence the flexible nature of our trip. We base ourselves in Ahipara and head out every day chasing the best waves northland has to offer.

Day 1 (first surf) 
The search begins! We depart Auckland and head to the far north to our beachfront pad, Ahipara Surf Lodge.  The drive is approximately 4.5 hours. On-route the bus will make a few pit stops to pick up some lunch on the way.
Once settled in to our accommodation we normally head out in-front of the house (Ahipara Surf Lodge) and surf until sunset. (1 surf).

Day 2 (2 surfs) 
We will find the best waves in Northland. This could mean driving on the beach to get you to secluded surf locations. Dinner, drinks and/or a movie (Endless Summer 2 is a classic) to complete the day followed by a much needed sleep.

Day 3 (2 surfs)
If the conditions suit, we could be off for a dawny surf at sunrise. This for some is regarded as the highlight of their surf tour. Being in the water as the sun slowly rises (giving the ocean an orange tinge) is an unforgettable experience. After a well deserved breakfast we may cover the theory lesson this day. This is also the time to ask all those questions about anything surfing related. 

Day 4 (2 surfs)
Expect more of day 2 and day 3. Maybe a sand-boarding mission or a hunt for the tasty green-lipped mussel! By evening our surf pilgrimage will bring us home for our final night at Ahipara Surf Lodge. Surf photos and videos are studied and pointers are given.

Day 5 (1 surf)
You won’t believe how quickly the week has gone by! You’re body aches and you can’t stop smiling. You’re hooked on surfing and the addiction has begun. It’s time to leave... kicking and screaming back to the concrete jungle, Auckland. We either surf out in-front of the lodge for one last wave or we chase the swell on the east coast as we make our way home. We arrive in Auckland late Friday afternoon around 5pm.

Every Monday from Oct to May. Under the big boat in the Viaduct Harbour

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