Beginner Surfing Lessons

Have you ever dreamed of learning to surf? You CAN do it!


Learn to surf in beautiful Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


We have taught hundreds of people to surf, of all shapes and sizes, from ages 4 to 74. Teaching is our passion and we are very experienced at “breaking down your barriers” and most importantly, making it a fun and memorable experience for you.

Mount Maunganui is well known as one of the best places in New Zealand to learn to surf. Take advantage of this amazing playground and experience the joy of riding waves (even if you’re new to the ocean)!


If you’re new to surfing, you can join our “Aloha” Group (lesson held daily at 1:30pm, conditions permitting). All of your equipment is provided, including a high quality soft-top surfboard and full length wetsuit. The class begins with a 20 minute beach theory, where you’ll learn ocean safety and awareness, surfboard orientation, the paddle technique, and pop-up technique. Your instructor will demonstrate how to catch waves and ride them to the beach. Then you’ll be taken into the water, where your instructor will push you onto small waves, provide feedback, and make sure you have plenty of fun. By the end of the class you will be surfing the waves!  2 hours: $75 NZD  Click here to buy the “Aloha” lesson.


The second option we offer beginners is the “Mount” Lesson.  This is a semi-private lesson of just 2-4 people total.  You can bring your own group, or join an existing group.  A great option for those wanting more personalized instruction.  First time surfers are welcome, as well as those who have surfed a bit already but are looking for a refresher.  The Mount is fast becoming the most popular lesson option at Hibiscus.  2 hours: $95 NZD Click here to buy the “Mount” lesson. 


For a private lesson scheduled to suit you, go for the “Kahuna” Lesson.  Nothing beats one-on-one surf instruction with a professional coach.  Perfect for those really wanting to fast track their surfing.  Lesson times are flexible and can be booked around your schedule.  You’ll receive everything that’s included in the group lessons, in addition to having your own personal surf instructor.  2 hours: $155 NZD  

Bonus: bring 1 or more friends to your 2 hour private lesson and pay just $115 each (popular with couples, friends and family members).  Click here to buy the “Kahuna” lesson.

If you’re here for a few days, click here to check out our 2, 3, and 5 Day Packages.  

No matter which option you choose, we will provide you with the highest quality surf tuition by our qualified, fun, experienced surf instructors.  Book your lesson today, and receive a free surfboard and wetsuit hire afterwards to practice your new surfing skills!

Feel free to contact Rebecca anytime with questions – 027 279  9687.  We look forward to surfing with you!

17 Responses to Beginner Surfing Lessons

  1. Luisa Biermann says:

    Hi there 🙂

    My friend and I would like to learn surfing. What can you offer?

    Kind regards,

    • Hibiscus Surf School says:

      Hi Luisa,

      Thanks for your message! We’re happy to teach you and your friend surfing. You can join our beginner group lessons, or take private lessons on your own. I recommend a 2, 3 or 5 day Surf Package to fast track your surfing so that you learn to surf independently. I’ll email you with more details.

      Mahalo 🙂


  2. katrina says:

    Hello I see your open for spring are there any womens camps or spring deals I can get a lesson or two and then r ent gear to continue practicing?

    • Hibiscus Surf School says:

      Hi Katrina,

      Yes we are open for spring/summer. There are Ladies Surf Courses throughout February and March. I’ll email you the details. Before then you can join our ‘Aloha’ or ‘Mahalo’ group lessons. All lessons include a free surfboard and wetsuit hire.

      Cheers 🙂

  3. Cameron says:

    Hi there,

    I am bringing an aboriginal touch rugby team of 17 from Australia to the mount (i am kiwi myself from Auckland) was wandering if you do large group prices? Or will it still be per person?


    • Hibiscus Surf School says:

      Hi Cameron,

      Thanks for your message! We’re happy to provide surf lessons for your team. Yes, we do special group rates. I’ll send you an email with details.

      Cheers 🙂


  4. zoe mackness says:

    Hi there
    I’d like to book for 3 siblings, aged 26 12 and 10. I (26) have surfed once reasonably poorly and the 2 younger have not surfed before.

    I couldn’t see on the page how to book us into the same group.

    For April 18th at lunch time.

    Thank you

    • Hibiscus Surf School says:

      Hi Zoe,

      Yes we’re happy to do that. Would you like the Aloha lesson? Does 1:30 suit you?

      I’ll pencil you 3 in now. You can pay on our website via credit card:

      or internet banking to:

      Hibiscus Surf School

      We look forward to surfing with you!



      • Hibiscus Surf School says:

        To anyone needing our account details they have changed.
        Please make any payments to:

        Hibiscus Surf School

        Feel free to call or text me on 027 279 9687, or email with any questions.

        Aloha 🙂

  5. Tricia says:

    We will be traveling to New Zealand for Easter and we were wondering if you will be giving surfing lessons on Easter Sunday 27/03/16 or if you will be closed for the holiday?
    Thank you!

    • Hibiscus Surf School says:

      Hi Tricia,

      Thanks for your message. Yes we will be open all weekend on Easter weekend. We’re happy to teach you to surf! Are you interested in group or private lessons? Feel free to call or text 027 279 9687. Cheers 🙂 Rebecca

  6. Pete says:

    Will you be holding surfing lesson during the Easter School holidays

    • Hibiscus Surf School says:

      Hi Pete,

      Yes we will be open all week as long as conditions are suitable. They are usually great this time of year. I’ve emailed you some more details. Thanks!


  7. meadow says:

    Hi surfschool,
    Over the Easter school holidays do you run the kid-specific surf lessons each day?
    If not can you recommend another lesson for beginners(kids)


    • Hibiscus Surf School says:

      Hi there,

      Yes, we offer Kids groups on Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:30-11 for $45 which includes equipment hire. You can also book private lessons anytime. Feel free to call or text me on 027 279 9687 if you have more questions or to book. Kind regrards, Rebecca

  8. Julie says:

    Good afternoon

    I would like to get a voucher for my partner for the MOUNT lesson, does this include board and wetsuit also?

    Kind regards

    • Hibiscus Surf School says:

      Hi Julie,

      Yes, all of our lessons include equipment hire, and we provide full length wetsuits. I’m happy to provide a voucher for you. It’s easy, just click the Buy Surf Lessons tab, choose the lesson you’d like, pay with credit card or paypal, send a quick email with your partner’s name to, and I will email you back with a voucher. Or, you can pay to: Hibiscus Surf School, 06-0225-0904211-00.



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