Surf ‘n’ Stay


Karioi Lodge is home to the Raglan Surfing School which means we can offer fantastic value for money on surf packages for guests who wish to learn to surf and have a great place to stay! Surf packages give the budding surfer the best opportunity for practicing the skills learned in the initial beginner lesson with all surf equipment, accommodation and beach transport provided during their stay. Supervision is also available on rental days following a lesson. The packages are very popular and at any time of the year you’ll be able to meet and surf with others… surfing up a storm!

Karioi Lodge and Raglan Surfing School Surf Packages include:

Half day beginner lessons: These lessons are suitable for beginner and novice surfers running daily in the winter and twice daily in the summer. The lesson takes place on the day of your arrival (e.g. day one of your package). In the summer you can choose between a morning and an afternoon lesson (if you choose the morning lesson, feel free to check in early if arranged with the office) and in the winter the lesson for the day usually starts at 2pm. Regardless you should try to arrive around 1 hour prior to the lesson start time to give you time to settle into your accommodation.

Lessons are held in a group situation where the instructor to student ratio is 1:6. The lesson begins with some dry-land training in our sports barn at the Karioi Lodge. Afterwards, it’s time to charge it for the water session held at Ngarunui Beach about 5 minutes drive away from the lodge. This beach is beautiful, long and sandy so you don’t have to worry about rocks or crowds of people in the water. For more info on surfing lessons click here to access our Raglan Surfing School website.

Surf hire: The day(s) following your surf lesson will be spent with a half day surfing session at the beach. We will supply you with all your surf equipment so that you can practice everything you learned in the surf lesson. The hire day(s) are unsupervised but you will have learned enough in the lesson to feel confident in the water. Also, there are bound to be other people surfing with you from the Karioi Lodge who are also on surf packages. You can choose from a morning or afternoon session.

Shared accommodation: All packages include accommodation in our 4 bed dorms. All bed linen is included. Upgrading to a private room at the lodge, or a luxury holiday home in Whale Bay is also available.

Equipment: We provide all your surf equipment such as specially designed learner boards, fibreglass boards and wetsuits.

Transport: The beach, which is great for learner surfers, is about 5 minutes drive from the Karioi Lodge. We provide all transport to and from the beach as part of the surf package, and we’ll take you at the best time of the day for surfing (where possible).