Nothing quite beats the sand, sea and surf if you’re a bit of a ‘water baby’. Particularly in a beautiful location such as New Zealand.

So, today, we’re taking a look at New Zealand’s incredible surfing retreats. We’ve managed to find a range of styles, to suit just about any budget, and any need, whether its straight surf lessons, or a retreat that combines surfing with yoga, relaxation and/or adventure.

Many surf retreats in New Zealand can be found around the Raglan and Whale Bay areas, simply as they’re well known for their incredible beaches and top-notch surf.

Waoku Lodge Luxury Surf Yoga Retreat (Raglan)

If you’re after luxury, yoga and surfing, you’ve found your ideal destination. At Waoku Lodge, you can choose between a 6-night Surf Yoga retreat, or a 6-night Surf, Yoga & Adventure retreat.

The Surf Yoga retreat is perfect for a more relaxed time with daily yoga sessions, three surf lessons and one, one-hour massage. You can then spend the rest of the time relaxing and exploring the local sights.

Alternatively, if you’re craving more adventure, opt for the Surf Yoga & Adventure retreat, which includes all of the above, plus a three-hour horse riding trek along the beach, a kayaking expedition, and a rock climbing adventure.

Whichever you choose, you’ll also stay in a luxury 5-star self-contained apartment, enjoy daily buffet breakfasts, daily lunches, four family-style dinners, one dinner out at a local restaurant, a Kiwi barbeque, airport transfers, local gifts and more.

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MojoSurf Raglan Surf Camp (Eco Surf Retreat – Whale Bay)

This one is for the true surf-lovers, whether you’re a beginner or more of a pro. Spend 2 – 5 days learning to surf or fine-tuning your skills with scheduled daily lessons, then spend the rest of your time exploring, walking, paddle boarding or enjoying all the other onsite activities.

It is a little more basic though, as you’ll mostly likely share a dormitory type room. You can however opt for a twin or double room, or you can book a campsite. Meals aren’t included – you will need to self-cater. But there is a fully kitted out kitchen, plus hammocks, pool table, tennis table, TV and WIFI – and a well-equipped local town 15 minutes away.

Perfect if you’ve always wanted to learn to surf, or wish to surf better, with onsite lessons and all surf boards and wetsuits included – while also having a relaxing holiday at the same time.

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Surf Dames (Womens Surf Retreats – Whale Bay)

This one’s for the girls only I’m afraid, but if you are a girl who wishes to learn to surf in a supportive, relaxed and ‘luxe’ environment, this is the one for you. Choose between their 1 day/1 night package for a quick treat, or either their 2 day/2 night, or 3 day/2 night packages, both of which include accommodation, private surf classes, fully catered gourmet meals, a full body massage and more.

Alternatively, you can choose their regular 3 day/2 night luxury surf camps, held on various dates. These include private surf classes, surf fitness, all gourmet meals, a full body massage, sunset happy hour (apparently with goodies galore), and a beauty treatment of your choice.

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Surf N Stay (Whangamata)

Surf N Stay have a great range of surfing options and retreats. You can choose a one-day retreat, perfectly designed as a corporate group day escape, with yoga, a surf lesson or stand up paddle lesson and a home-made lunch.

But if you’re travelling alone, and seeking a longer stay, never fear, you have options. Their ‘Learn To Surf’ package is perfect for beginners, and includes 3 nights accommodation, 2 beginner surf lessons, plus breakfast. Or, if you’ve already gotten a good handle on the waves, choose the ‘Intensive Surf’ package, with either 3 or 6 nights accommodation, 4 surf lessons (to advance your skills) and breakfast.

Our top pick though – is their ‘Surf N Yoga’ package. This includes 6 nights accommodation, 5 surf lessons, 5 yoga sessions plus breakfast.

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Surf’s Up, in New Zealand…

As you can hopefully see, surfing is pretty popular in New Zealand. And there are certainly plenty of options, and styles of surfing retreat – from basic beginner surfing courses, right through to the luxury surf/yoga/relaxation retreats that offer so much more.

Sometimes, nothing quite beats the allure of the ocean to relax and unwind. And with New Zealand’s picturesque coastlines and brilliant surfing spots, you really can’t go wrong.


The Retreat Lady
Author: The Retreat Lady

Sarah Willmott, founder of Retreat Me Happy is passionate about making Retreats accessible to everyone. She specialises in helping Retreats reach a wider audience by creating this online platform. By day Sarah sends care packages to help people feel better (she owns Feel Better Box) and by night she builds this website to help you find your perfect retreat.