Surfing

Beachaven Holiday Park is situated in a premium location for excellent surfing. Close to all the best Bay of Plenty and Coromandel spots, Waihi Beach is a surf-lover's dream. 

Te Karo Bay

Te Karo Bay is otherwise known as Sailors Grave and is an excellent surfing spot in the Coromandel. Featuring both left and right-hander waves, this beach is a popular surfing spot amongst intermediate to advanced level surfers. Stop at Whangamata Beach and Tairua Beach on the way for some great warm-up waves before hitting the harsher surf. With other great surf beaches and scenery on the way, this is well worth the hour and a half drive from Beachaven. 

Mount Maunganui Main Beach

Mount Maunganui is a one-hour drive away from Beachaven, but the surf is worth it. Take a drive here to experience some of the Bay of Plenty's best surf, perfect for beginners. Although some stretches of the beach are prone to bigger waves great for all levels. Not only is the surf great, but the main beach is also great for swimming and has fantastic cafes and restaurants. If you are keen on some easy surfing or are looking for a spot where the whole family can come with you, this is the place. 

Orokawa Bay

With spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Waihi Beach, a walk to Orokawa Bay is an experience all visitors remember. Beautiful pohutukawa trees shelter a beach of sparkling white sand offering great fishing, a perfect picnic location, bush walking and surfing opportunities. Swimming in the surf is not advised due to the steep grade of the seafloor. However, there are some great waves for intermediate to expert surfers. 

Access to Orokawa Bay is by an easy track at the northern end of Waihi Beach, past Oukori Bay then down to Orokawa Bay. Walkers should allow 45 minutes to reach this secluded beach. Map

Waihi Beach Surf School

Waihi Beach Surf School is owned and operated by Aidan Comrie who has been teaching surfing since 1996 and has over 30 years surfing experience. Waihi Beach is one of the safest surf beaches to learn to surf in the world. Waihi Beach Surf School offers first class surfing lessons for all ages and abilities at one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand. Whatever your surfing ability, your certified instructor will get you up and ripping in no time!

Waihi Beach Surf School offers the highest standard of coaching and safety. All instructors are experienced surfers with the following qualifications:

  • NZSA Surf Instructor Accreditation – Level 1 course and up
  • Qualified Beach Lifeguards
  • First Aid Certificate