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O’Neill Surf Academy NZ is a respected surf company operating across Northland, Matakana Coasts, Orewa & Mount Maunganui. Founded by O'Neill NZ and Surfaris NZ, we promote surf lessons, surf tours, school & holiday camps, corporate team building, family surf days, beach education, surf culture and adventure. Learning to surf is a great discipline that feeds the mind, body and soul so why not give it a go! Standing for the first time is a memory to last that will have you smiling from ear to ear.


Our skilled surf coaching, stunning locations, small class sizes and pure love of the ocean make us unique. Whether you are a complete beginner, or an intermediate surfer wishing to improve please get in touch to book your surfing experience.


We've got the surfing bug and we're keen to pass it on!

Surfing Northland

O'Neill Surf Academy operate in some of New Zealand's most beautiful untouched scenery, it's as though nature designed the Northland coastline with surfers in mind. Tiny coves, long sandy beaches, river mouths, point breaks, sandbars and reefs.....all within a short drive across 3 coasts.





The true beauty behind O'Neill Surf Academy is its mobility. Surf conditions change and because of our mobility we’re able to teach on nothing but the best Northland has to offer that day. Safety being a top priority as well as match your ability to the perfect waves for you!

Our Environment

In its purest sense sustainable tourism is an industry which attempts to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate income, employment, and the conservation of local ecosystems. It is responsible tourism which is both ecologically and culturally sensitive.

Source: National Geographic Online


As surfers we are very aware of our natural environment, after all the ocean is our playground. To protect our way of life we need to ensure we preserve our oceans and surrounding areas, The O'Neill Surf Academy tries, at all times, to be as eco-friendly as possible. We will educate and pass on the eco-friendly message to all those who will listen.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to teach the fundamentals of surfing and adventure with an emphasis on participation, education, safety and above all fun. Our goal is to have a healthy, successful company that is a leader in customer service while respecting and making little impact on the environment.


At O'Neill Surf Academy we don't measure our success by the volume of clients using our service but by the quality of your surfing experience, which means great trips and satisfied, enthusiastic customers. We use the best equipment available from our surfboards to wetsuits ensuring a safe enjoyable environment. O'Neill Surf Academy are accredited by Surfing New Zealand and the International Surfing Association.


We will provide an unforgettable life changing experience.

  • Diverse coastline with uncrowed beaches

  • Winterless North..warmest region

  • Nation's Birthplace...culture

O’Neill Surf Academy second surf school is based on the stunning Matakana Coast, a short drive from Auckland. Home to a flourishing wine country stretching along meandering river valleys and stunning coastline, where you'll be able to enjoy wine tasting, brunch in a cafe, the famous farmers market,  explore the coastline snorkelling among fish in the clear waters of Goat Island or a surf experience with O'Neill Surf Academy.


Set on a remote peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the Auckland region's most beautiful white sand beaches, rolling pastures, native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands. O'Neill Surf Academy is privaliaged to be the only surf school to have a concessions to opertare at Tawharanui. Come and join us for a surf lesson.


O'Neill History

Jack O'Neill opened the first surf shop in 1952, he shaped balsa baords and sold accessories like parafin wax and a few vests he'd glued together from neoprene. The vest sold so Jack went into the wetsuit business. Soon surfers were riding more waves and could now enjoy longer sessions in cold water.  As Jack improved his wet-suits - new styles, features etc surfing expanded across the U.S. and Canada. O'Neill relocated into a larger factory and he put all six kids to work growing his family business. By 1980, Jack O'Neill's surf shop had morphed into a thriving international company dominating the world's wetsuit market and one of the leaders in beach lifestyle sportswear. In 1985 his son Pat assumed the CEO position freeing Jack to surf, sail and work at a variety of enviornmental projects.

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O'Neill Surf Academy NZ

PO BOX 403070, Ngunguru, NZ


p  09 434 3843

m 027 7344877

e  surf@oneillsurfacademy.co.nz

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O’Neill Surf Academy is now operating in the pristine waters of Mount Maunganui, one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand. Located in the heart of the Bay Of Plenty, across the harbour from Tauranga, “The Mount” is almost surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, with a stunning beach on one side of the peninsular and the sheltered waters of Pilot Bay on the other.


In addition to its beautiful coastline, The Mount offers an impressive choice of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops to keep you entertained at the end of your day of surfing!


Come and surf with O’Neill Surf Academy at one of New Zealand’s best beaches, and experience the feeling of riding the waves in a safe environment with our experienced coaches!

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