School Groups


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

We provide short one-hour activities through to multi-day programs and have options for students from Year 5 and above.


All suggested 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 80 students a day.


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

Maintaining a confident and relaxed mindset is the key factor with SUP (Stand Up Paddling).  

This lesson begins 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. $40pp 

Team work is the key factor with Waka Ama. 

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

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

Cultural Walk of Mauao (60-90 mins) - Max. $15pp 

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

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 around Mauao, and other environmental factors.


If you have a larger group, or are wanting to spend a day at the beach, 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. $65pp



Our Level 2 Achievement Standard 91330 program designed for Year 7 students takes them through four 2-hour sessions advancing them in the sport of Stand Up Paddling.

By the end of the program, students will:

  • Have developed advanced paddling skills and techniques
  • Be competent in performing 5 different technical turns
  • Be able to participate in a buoy-turning race
  • Have achieved Level 2 Achievement Standard 91330

Each session is a 1/2-day experience and includes some open water safety, weather knowledge and equipment appreciation.


Our Stand Up Paddling Educational Adventures for Year 8 students has them exploring safe waterways across Tauranga, plus learning about the environmental and cultural significance of each area.

Adventures include:

  • Waikōrire (Pilot Bay) to Te Kawa (harbour entrance)
  • Te Papa (The Strand to Memorial Park)
  • Lake McLaren
  • Otūmoetai or Rangataua

1/2 day experience includes the SUP Adventure and SUP rescue techniques.  Full-day experience includes walks, picnicking, discovering the local marine life.

If they've been through the Year 7 program, we can go faster and further!  But no worries if not.


1/2-Day - Max. $45pp

9:30am to 11:30am - OR - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Maximum 20 students for 1/2-Day experience. 

Full-Day - Max. $60pp

9:30am to 2:00pm

Maximum 20 students for 1/2-Day, maximum 40 students for a Full-day experience. 

Also feel free to enquire about Waka Ama Sprint Race training, although we encourage students to join one of our local clubs where they train interested rangatahi for racing.


With our older students, we can advance technically even further, and explore out of reach Tauranga waterways, it's inhabitants and the cultural significance.  

Options include:

  • Level 3 Achievement Standard 91501 in Flat Water SUP Racing
  • Level 3 Achievement Standard 91501 in SUP Surfing
  • Beyond 200m off-shore SUP Adventures
  • Land-based environmental and cultural workshops

Some SUP Adventure locations include Motuotau (Rabbit Island), Around Mauao, Matakana Island, Wairoa River.  And for our land-based activities, we have a selection of mountains and bush areas we can safely manage the students.

The SUP activities have a pre-requisite of completing the Intro to SUP Lesson beforehand.

These sessions will be tailored to suit your needs.  You can choose to do a one-off SUP Adventure or a full program, 1/2-day or full-day experience.  Send us an email and we'll take it from there!



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 have been visiting us every year since 2018.  They bring 150 participants over three days experiencing 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 with your booking confirmation.

All our activities are weather-dependent, so we work with you to implement Plan B & C options.

We have a ratio of 5-7 participants per instructor depending on the activity and age group, and the instructors are with participants both off and on the water.

Activities for Year 5 to 8 are available in Terms 1 and 4 only.  Activities for Year 9 and over are available year round.

All other health and safety concerns are addressed in our RAMS document.