The “Winterless North” on the top of New Zealand’s North Island has the country’s warmest weather and ample surfing breaks to choose from. At some places it takes a mere 15 minutes to get from the Tasman Coast to the Pacific Coast and vice-versa. One of the best waves in the Northland region is Shipwreck Bay at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach.
 

Surfing Lessons

Isobar Surf (Taupo Bay)

  • An off-the-beaten-path surfing school at remote Taupo Bay
  • Specializes in all-inclusive surf packages ranging from 2 hours to 5 days
  • An ideal getaway for grownups and groups
     

New Zealand Surf Tours (Shipwreck Bay)

  • Located 4 hours north of Auckland at highly regarded Shipwreck Bay
  • 1 and 2 day surf school and individual lessons
  • Signature 5-day surf tours to different beaches around the Far North


Tutukaka Surf Experience (Tutukaka) 

  • Surfing lessons on Tutukaka Bay
  • Classes for beginners, progression sessions for those with some experience, and advanced surf coaching
  • Also offers stand up paddleboard lessons and tours
     

Surfing Rentals

Isobar Surf (Taupo Bay)

  • Surfboard rentals include everything from soft tops to short boards
  • Rentals include board safety information about currents and rip tides
  • Specializes in all-inclusive surf packages ranging from 2 hours to 5 days
     

Tutukaka Surf Experience (Tutukaka)

  • Rents Platino soft boards from their Tutukaka Marina shop
  • Performance fiberglass boards are available on request

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