Surfers are instantly cool, firstly because they can surf, but also because they have constant beach hair, sun kissed skin and look good a wetsuit. Now, we can’t help with the later, however, we have your guide to Auckland’s top beach breaks where you can learn to surf and get your daily dose of vitamin D.
Pristine white sand beaches and postcard worthy scenery, Tawharanui is Auckland’s sweet spot for small waves and carrying out your Point Break dreams. Located south of Omaha on the Tawharanui Peninsula, there are several spots to choose from for both right and left-handers. The waves are fun but popular with every man and his dog in the water at high tide, so know your rules, respect the locals or grab a lesson with the team at NZ Surf Academy.
Omaha is the small beach town just north of Tawharanui and the perfect spot to get the whole crew immersed in the surf with Saltwater Eco’s ultimate beginner lessons. Omaha’s beach produces numerous beach breaks from north to south, with the regions most legendary surf break the “Omaha Bar” residing at the northern end.
The waves are larger than its east coast neighbors however with two top-notch surf schools—Piha Surf Academy and Piha Surf School—and numerous good-looking speedo-clad lifeguards at the ready, Piha is Auckland’s diamond in the rough when it comes to learning to surf. It is the most famous of Auckland’s beaches, and offers a good left-hander. This stretch of Wild West coast can be wild, so make sure you know your stuff before hitting the big waves.
If you are looking for the complete learn-to-surf experience, surf shack and surfers dudes included, look no further than the Muriwai Surf School. With enough boards and wetsuits to sport the Kardashian Clan and then some, you can get lessons or take the office for a bit of team building. Located 45 minutes from central Auckland, Muriwai offers a decent wave and the opportunity to take your shaka skills to the next level.
Last but certainly not least comes the OG of surf schools, the Raglan Surf school. For those who don't know, Raglan is home to New Zealand's longest point break, so it's totally worth the two-hour drive from Auckland. The surf school's 3 hour beginner's package starts with a theory lesson in their surf shed classroom so that you can get your head around the how to stand the hell up, before being shuttled to the beach for your first experience as your instructors cheer you on. Not feeling the group instruction vibes? You can hire your own surf instructor to take you through your paces in a less... public way.
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