If you’re looking for SUP tuition, we strongly recommend usingĀ  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 qualifacations 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.


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