About us

Sharing the surf stoke since '99


Did you know we are New Zealand’s first ever surf school?

Surfing with Raglan Surf School should be an epic experince! Founded in 1999, you can trust you will be backed by years of experience, a tried and tested technique, enthusiastic instructors, and the love and care of a small locally owned business.


Meet Rock (Makarini)

Back in ’99 Raglan Surf School kicked off it’s journey as a bunch of mates in a beat-up old ambulance. 

Fast forward to today, there has been some serious growth and evolution, but through it all has been surf instructor, and now owner Rock. 

Rock has been in the business of surf instruction from the very beginning and is one of New Zealand’s longest-standing surf instructors.  Don’t worry though – he’s not as ancient as the hills (his words, not ours). 

However, he has passed on that experience, as well as a tried and tested technique that he has perfected over the years to his enthusiastic team of instructors. When you surf with Raglan Surf School, you’re soaking in the maximum surf experience – Rock approved. 

One of the biggest compliments is when students who were taught in the early days, bring their own little groms back to learn with Raglan Surf School. 

So, when you choose to surf with us, you’re not just getting a surf lesson. You’re getting years of experience, a time-tested technique, instructors who are stoked to teach you, and the heart warming feeling of supporting a small, local business.


We are Raglan locals and a 100% kiwi-owned business

When you surf with Raglan Surf School, you’re not only supporting a local family-run business; you’re also backing Maori business and the extended Raglan whanau. 

Ngā mihi! (thank you)


We do it for the love of surfing!

We love seeing the stoke of our students riding their first wave. The excitement and exhilaration you get from the ocean is one of a kind, and that’s why we love what we do, and why we come to work every day! 

We are all surfers, and want to share our love of the ocean and this truly magical sport with everyone we can.


Amazing first time surfing in Raglan! I had great fun with Sarah, who is a very skilled instructor and knows how to share her passion for surfing. Thanks Sarah, I’ll put your advice to good use
- Jonathan Cohen
Took my first surf lesson here. Sarah was a fantastic instructor! Great hang but also got me up on a few waves!
– Jordon Brennan
Absolutely amazing folks at Raglan Surf School! Would recommend to anybody! My partner and I took a lesson and rented gear for the following day. The lesson was phenomenal, very simple instructions led to great success in the water!
– Alina Karam