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Are you learning to surf for the first time?

If so, you're in the right place!

These daily beginner surf lessons provide the perfect platform for you to learn surfing for the very first time.

In this safe, fun & friendly learning environment you'll learn our unique pop-up method, functional stance, how to paddle (the right way), surf safety and much more.

An action packed two hours of fun in the playful waves here in Mount Maunganui awaits taught by some of New Zealand's best coaches!

  • Learn our unique pop-up method
  • Learn how to paddle (the right way)
  • Surf etiquette explained...
  • A no-pressure learning environment
  • All surfboards provided
  • Fastest way to learn to surf

Surf Lesson Details:

Who it’s for: All ages & abilities *Children under eight years need to be supervised by a non-surfing adult in our group lessons
Times available: 1:30pm Daily
Duration: 2 hours
Price: $79 


Private surf lessons give you the ultimate 1-on-1 coaching experience - with 100% dedicated attention from our elite coaches.

With this added level of attention your coach will be able to correct mistakes quicker, and get you surfing better faster.

Plus, with the benefit of 1-on-1 tuition, and a coach by your side every step of the way, any fears, doubts or lack of water confidence will fade away. 


This is a great way to build more confidence with your instructor by your side, and learn all of the nuances of surfing.

These private surf lessons are suitable for surfers of all levels and abilities.

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  • 1-on-1 tuition with an expert coach
  • Suitable for all levels & abilities
  • Fastest way to learn
  • Build confidence fast
  • Extra attention to detail
  • Learn proper technique - right from the start

Surf Lesson Details:

Who’s it’s for: All levels & abilities
Times Available: Flexible
Duration: 2 hours
Price: $150 for 1 person, $70 for each additional person

What people have been saying...



"Awesome experience!! Loz has an infectious positive vibe that makes every lesson fun.

She's a great teacher and genuinely wants you to succeed as much as you do.

I felt safe and supported the whole time and met some great girls along the way."



"I took part in a 6-week intermediate programme and it was awesome!! I learned new skills, gained much needed confidence to take off on steeper waves and left with some tangible things to work on.

Can't recommend highly enough!!!


Loz really knows her stuff and can diagnose she's just a dream boat to hang out with.

Do it!!"

Claire Henry/


"Loz at House of Surf is a natural surf coach, with an ability to fine tune and tweak your surfing with so much skill and expertise.

Loz brings a level of fun and authentic passion for surfing and especially women's surfing that is contagious and so fun!

I have gained so much from only six weeks, would highly recommend Loz's classes for any level."


Meet Your Coaches

Lauren Ringer (Founder)

Lauren grew up competing in Australia, before taking to the world stage of the WQS, travelling the world competing everywhere from Hawaii to South Africa, France to Huntington Beach.  

And since then, her mission has been to encourage more women to try surfing and to have them feel less intimidated, and included out in the water.

A fully-qualified and certified Surf Instructor, Life Guard and Life Coach with over 20 years experience; Lauren has taught surfers around the world. 

Rowan Clifford (Director)

The analytical mind amongst the group of coaches...

Rowan's 25+ years of surfing around the world - from Portugal, France, Hawaii, Indo, even India - shine through when coaching in the water.  

Helping to dissect complex technical techniques into simple, easy to digest chunks.

This is easier said than done!

A vibrant bottle of high-vibe energy, Rowan always manages to get the best out of his students.

Gabi Paul (Head Coach)

As comfortable cross-stepping and hanging-ten on her longboard as she is packing big tubes, and getting super technical on her shortboard…

…Gabi is the complete package.

Growing up in the wild seas of Piha, she’s gone to become the Triple New Zealand Longboard champ, and even finished runner up in the Shortboard division too!

At just 19 she’s packed a lot into her short time here - with travel to Europe, USA, Australia and much more under her belt already.

Always full of smiles, we’re thankful to have Gabi onboard the House of Surf as one of our top coaches.

Isi Bruun-Kiær (Senior Coach)

Nothing phases this girl…

A perpetual traveller and literally the keenest surf ever!

Isi has traveled and surfed his way around the world - from deep Indonesia to Sri Lanka, Hawaii to South Africa.

Her stoke for surfing is infectious, and it's this love of the sport that has led her to coach in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

She's a joy to be around & a key player in House of Surf team.

Anna Brock (Junior Coach)

If you’ve spent much time surfing in and around Mount Maunganui then you’ll for sure have seen Anna tearing it up in the water.

But it’s not just locally that you’ll catch her.

In fact you’ll probably see her tearing through the field of competitors as she claims another title.

A competitive machine, Anna is destined for big things.

But until then, we’re just stoked to have her onboard.

In case you're wondering...

What do I need to bring?

Bring along a towel, something to drink, some sunscreen and a wetsuit if you need.  Surfboards are supplied as part of your lesson.


How long will I be in the water?

It varies depending on the level of lesson and conditions but around 80 minutes on average.

What if it's windy and raining?

Surfing is the ultimate wet weather activity, you will be in the sea after all!

Do you supply equipment?

Surfboards are provided free of charge, and we have a small supply of wetsuits available. 


Do I need to arrive early?

Allow 30 minutes to check in, meet your instructor and get your kit.

What if I have already surfed before?

You've already surfed before? Great!

We have five different levels of lessons from first time catching a wave to outback and trimming a six footer.

Is there a minimum age?

Children under eight years need to be supervised by a non-surfing adult in our group lessons. 

I'm nervous and I'm not a strong swimmer?

Our beginner lessons take place in waist deep water at some of New Zealand's safest surfing beaches here in Mount Maunganui. Plus, our maximum group size is 1-8 so your instructor will be very close at all times

When are your lessons?

We run lessons daily starting at 9.30 & 1.30


Why choose the House of Surf?

At the House of Surf, our friendly and experienced team offer the biggest variety of surf lessons in Mount Maunganui. 

From absolute beginners surfing for the very first time, right up to intermediate and advanced - so whatever level you're at, we've got you covered!

You'll be taught using our unique 4-stage tiering system that ensures that you'll be learning within your optimal range in every lesson you take - whether as an individual or part of a group. 

What's different about our surf lessons? 

The beauty of our surf lessons in Mount Maunganui is that we are a mobile surf school. 

So, if the waves are firing somewhere else, we can pack the car and head to the best break.

This enables our surf lessons to be held at the best location for day. Maximising our students results and enjoyment.  

Our approach...

We approach surf coaching a little differently to most...

To us, surfing is more than just pop-ups and cutbacks.  Sure, these things are important (and we cover them in depth of course), but there's just so much more to surfing than this.

That's why we take a more holistic approach - using surfing as the medium to empower people in all areas of their lives.

Which is why we centre all our classes around our unique eight-pillar system that focuses on far more than technique alone, to create a safe an nurturing space for you to push yourself and enjoy everything surfing has to offer.

The 8-Pillar Method

The 8-Pillar Method


Why learn to Surf in Mount Maunganui?

Mount Maunganui is one of the best places to learn to surf in New Zealand, if not the best.

And here's why...

Because of the big continental shelf of the East coast, the waves in the Mount are mellow, slow moving and perfect for learning to surf.

With the open beaches stretching from Mauao, all the way to Makatu, there are plenty of spots to surf with crowds never being a problem.

The most popular spots to surf are:

  • Main Beach
  • Tay Street
  • Hart Street (which is where we're located)
  • The Pony Club - Papamoa
surf spots Mount Maunganui

Places to surf in Mount Maunganui

Surf conditions in Mount Maunganui

The surf season is between October to May.  During this time, the waves are consistently within the 1-3 foot range.  Whats more, the prevailing winds during the surf season are offshore (this makes the waves clean and easy to ride), which is perfect for surf lessons.

Plus, with the Mount receiving more sunshine each year than anywhere else in NZ, and the water temperature during the summer months ranges between 19°C and 22°C (66 to 72°F) too makes this the most ideal location to learn to surf in NZ.

swell chart for Mount Maunganui to Papamoa

Safe and secure

Not only are the beaches in Mount Maunganui perfect for learning to surf, but they're also regularly patrolled by lifeguards too.  

And unlike many other beaches, here in the Mount you never have to worry about flash rips as the beaches are very flat, and virtually rip free - perfect for learning to surf!

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