SUP schools in New Zealand

If you’re looking for SUP tuition, we strongly recommend using qualified instructors wherever possible. While SUP is essentially a very safe sport, if it is not taught correctly using appropriate equipment, your experience is very likely to be less than pleasurable. There can be a world of difference between the teaching and safety practises of a professionally run paddleboarding school, and the ‘casual operator’ on a beach who has simply got themselves a couple of boards and has no formal training or qualifications whatsoever!

The following schools have properly accredited NZ SUP instructors, who have been trained to deliver properly structured paddleboarding lessons on appropriate equipment, utilising proper safety practises.

Bay of Islands: Northland Paddleboarding
Tutukaka: SUP Bro Paddleboarding
Mangawhai: Aotearoa Surf/SUP School
Auckland: Supwell
Takapuna, Auckland: Girls Get Out There
Orakei, Auckland: Fergs Kayaks
Mt Maunganui: Assault Boardriders
Raglan: Raglan Watersports
New Plymouth: Taranaki Stand up Paddle & Surf Sports
Hawkes Bay: Paddleboarding Hawkes Bay
Foxton Beach: Wind Warrior Kitesports
Nelson: Moana SUP
Takaka, Abel Tasman National Park: Golden Bay Kayaks
Wanaka: Wanaka SUP & Kayaks
Christchurch: Christchurch Paddleboarding
Dunedin: Watercooled Sports
Franz Josef: Glacier Country Kayaks
Te Anau: Te Anau SUP