School Groups

We have a range of fun, interactive and educational activities for school groups and can cater to small classroom numbers through to large syndicates.

We provide short one-hour activities through to full-day experiences and have options for students from Year 3 and above.


All fees per person may be negotiable with increased numbers. These fees apply to schools and youth groups only. Each activity has a maximum of 20 participants per session. We have a maximum limit of 100 students a day.



Intro to SUP Lesson (60 mins) - Max. $35pp

Maintaining a confident and relaxed mindset is the key factor with SUP.  

Starts with an on-shore introduction to paddling, before progressing to the water to build confidence and fine tune technique.

Also includes a short tour, SUP tricks and games.


Waka Ama Lesson (60mins) - Max. $35pp

Team work is the key factor with Waka Ama.

Begin with an on-shore lesson learning to paddle as a team, before putting their skills to action on the water.

Includes circuiting the bay, paddling to the Tangaroa statue and racing.


Guided Hikoi (60-90 mins) - Max. $15pp

Cultural and environmental significance of Mauao is the key factor with the Hikoi.

The Legend of Mauao itself is inspirational, but only one of the many stories we share as we guide you around or up Mauao. Also learn about the wildlife that still reside on and around Mauao, and other environmental factors.



If you have a larger group, or are wanting to spend a longer time, we can package our services together.

SUP and Waka Ama - Max. $50pp 

SUP or Waka Ama and Guided Hikoi - Max. $45pp

All 3 activities - Max. $60pp

ADVANCED LESSONS - Available to Year 9 students and above


SUP Adventures (2-3 hours) - Max. $45pp

Exploring Tauranga from the ocean is another level of awesomeness. We have many locations to choose from, and each location has its own set of unique benefits and education. 

You have the option to start with a lesson, or perhaps you’ve already been through our lesson and we can get straight to exploring.

Some locations include Motuotau (Rabbit Island), Otumoetai, Te Papa (The Strand), Matakana, Wairoa River, Lake McLaren, and more! Choose your preferred location, but it could change pending the weather conditions.

SUP SURF (90 minute session) - Max $35pp per session

This has a pre-requisite of completing the Intro to SUP Lesson beforehand.

We assist the students in paddling out past the waves, catching waves and maneuvering across the waves.  Students can develop their basic skills in one session, or progress to higher competency levels over 2-4 sessions. 

NZQA Achievement Standards (4 x 90 minute sessions) - Max. $30pp per session

As a certified SUP school with Surfing NZ, we are qualified to instruct and assess the following Achievement Standards:

91330 L2 - Perform a physical activity in an applied setting

91501 L3 - Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting

 Also, we can work with you to build a program to assist with achievement standards involving environmental knowledge, Maori cultural knowledge, tourism and alternative health. 


Papamoa College (Tauranga)

Our fourth year in 2019 to service these Year 11 and 12 students from Papamoa College, who take up to 6 lessons each term to be assessed for achievement standards. It is rewarding for us to be able to work closely with these students and watch their skills and confidence grow.

“I would just like to acknowledge and thank (Mauao Adventures) for the great job they have done with our yr13 students. They had the challenge to get our students from flat water to paddle boarding in the surf over a six week period. Their very knowledgeable staff created a fun and safe environment where students were prepared to take on a challenge. Working with (Mauao Adventures) allowed us to use resources in our local community and really show students what is right here in our back yard. Great job, thank you."

Jeroen Van der Wijk, Year 9 Dean

Southwell School (Hamilton)

Southwell School from Hamilton are booked in 2021 for their fourth year in a row.  They visit with 150 students over three days, participating in stand up paddle boarding, waka ama, and our guided hikoi around Mauao.  An amazing and fun few days, both for us at Mauao Adventures, and the students of Southwell School.  

"Our students really enjoyed their experience of Waka Ama and Paddleboarding with (Mauao Adventures). The staff were very knowledgeable, flexible and safe and we will certainly be locking this in as a regular for our year 7 students. 150 students got to experience these activities over 3 days, as well as a guided tour which shared local Maori myths and legends from the area. Many different learning experiences for all."

Damian Mills, Associate Headmaster


At least one staff member onsite will be a certified instructor. Any uncertified instructor will have gone through our rigorous training program.

At least one staff member will have first aid certification.

All staff are police vetted.

You will receive our extensive RAMS document once a booking is made.

Lastly...Have a tight budget?  Talk to us about how we can work to your budget.