Water Nomads New Zealand | Northland Surfari Trip

NORTHLAND SURFARI TRIP

The Ultimate Winter Holiday

Northland Wingfoiling and Windsurfing Camp

A three night Wingfoil, Windfoil or Windsurf Surfari to the stunning Doubtless Bay and Karikari Peninsula.

The Karikari Peninsula with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear water provides opportunities to foil in any wind direction. Northland is known as the ‘winterless north’ with mild temperatures and reliable wind conditions to suit all skill levels. The perfect winter break to give yourself a welcome holiday.

Our surfari’s are all inclusive, meaning you don’t need to do a thing except book the trip and turn up!

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NZD $ 745.-
  • USD $ 470.-
  • EUR € 430.-

3 nights quality accommodation

Single, double or twin share available. Limited to 6 guests.

Meals

Fully catered throughout your stay - Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner.

Local knowledge

We ensure you will be at the right spot at the right time.

Self Drive

You have the freedom to travel as it suits you.

Fly in?

We offer gear hire of the latest premium equipment.

Photos

Professional photos taken of you on the water.

What you want to know

Discover the Surfari Trip Dates currently available, your package pricing options, and if you’re looking to travel light, the rental options.

2024 Season

  • 27 June – 30 June – Book Now
  • 4th July – 7th July – Book Now Women’s Only Trip
  • 18 July – 21 July – Sorry, Sold Out
  • 25 July – 28 July – Sorry, Sold Out
  • 8 August – 11 August – Book Now

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Alternatively you can request a date that suits you! Get a crew of friends and join us for a Custom Surfari.

  • $745 NZD Small single room (1 available).
  • $745 NZD Double room / Twin share room per person (this needs to be booked and paid together).
  • $895 NZD Standard Single room.
  • $195 NZD  for all gear required for 3 days (if required by prior arrangement).

What you need to know

Explore everything that is included in the Surfari Trip package, what you need to bring with you, and what skill level you need to be at.

  • 3 nights accommodation.
  • 3 fantastic days in paradise!
  • sailing location knowledge and advice.
  • weather conditions knowledge and advice.
  • 3 x continental breakfast.
  • 3 x individually packed picnic lunches.
  • 2 x dinners and deserts with complimentary glass of wine.
  • images to share on social media
  • your own transport to get to and from the spots.
  • your own equipment (unless prior arranged with us).
  • your own drink for the day (we recommend at least a bottle of water).
  • This trip is suitable for intermediate to expert wingfoil, windfoil and windsurfer (please note: we currently do not currently offer lessons or tuition).
  • Due to the nature of the sailing locations, we can usually find sheltered areas for less experienced people. At the same time, more experienced people can be out blasting and playing in the rolling swells and waves. We will point you to the best spot for your skill level. 
  • For keen surfers: The world famous break of Ahipara / Shipwreck Bay is only a 50 minutes drive from our accommodation!

Where can you sail

The Karikari Pensinsula offers a variety of great spots for freeriding, foiling, speed runs, winging and wavesailing in many different conditions. No matter which direction the wind blows.

Well known for its beautiful foiling and freeride conditions with its unbelievable clear water. There is an awesome speed-run if the tide and wind direction are right and you want to test you and your gear!

A long, curved, sandy beach that can get nice waves in Easterlies. It’s very forgiving and perfect for your first steps wavesailing. The northern end is usually fairly sheltered from wind and waves, whereas the southern end can get pretty big and wild. You can choose!

Offers excellent foiling and freeride conditions, it can also produce beautiful rolling swells. Its also literally at the bottom of road from your accommodation!

What to expect

You are taken on a three day fully catered windsurfing / winging adventure to the Far North. The timing of our trips are tailored to the ideal weather conditions, maximising your water time.

In Coopers Beach and offers plenty of room for everyone to hang out. With stunning 180° views over Doubtless Bay you can relax and ponder the coming days. We cater for small groups of up to 6 guests, thus you will enjoy the large living spaces and comfortable bedrooms.

It starts with a continental breakfast, Artisan bread and fresh brewed espresso coffee to your taste (or tea!).

A hearty lunch is individually packed to allow you freedom to eat when you please.

The day finishes with a wholesome 2 course meal provided by our local chief including a rich desert and a lot of tall stories around the table!

We take professional action shots of you on the water which are available to purchase at discounted rates.

We respect your independence throughout the sufari so you are provided with a hearty lunch individually packed each day.

We provide you with spot location, weather condition advice, and we maintain contact with you even if you choose an alternate location to explore. We do not treat you like a school group nor guide your every movement. We ensure you are at the right place at the right time. It is however ultimately your judgement on your ability to sail in the presented conditions.

Our Reviews

Had an awesome weekend with the Water Nomads. Heidi and Bevan were brilliant hosts and guide tours of some amazing places on the Karikari Peninsula. There was a spot for nearly all wind and surf conditions and plenty to get around and see when the conditions weren’t favourable. We were never far from healthy catered food and always entertained with some fantastic professional photographs by Bevan. I enjoyed the banter and yarns with like minded frothers and left with lasting memories and a few friends. Would recommend the Water Nomads Surfari to anyone who loves to get out on the water.
A foiling adventure was what we had in the past week, expertly lead by Heidi and Bevan, who are great hosts and had organised a well oiled few days of watersports. The food was outstanding and it was a great experience to catch up with other like-minded people to enjoy some fun times foiling on a variety of craft. Always pleasant and hospitable, i recommend Water Nomads for a great adventure, wherever in NZ they are going.
Just returned from my 3rd winter trip with Water Nomads to the far north of New Zealand. Can highly recommend for anyone into wind sports looking for a well organised trip with other like minded people. The comfortable Coopers Beach accommodation is situated on a ridge line with a 180 deg panoramic view over Doubtless Bay. All quality meals are supplied by an independent caterer and are included in the cost. The Water Nomads van is stocked with a variety of equipment that can be hired if required. Heidi and Bevan are excellent hosts and have a good knowledge of the area and local conditions.

Doubtless Bay Wind History

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to its latitude and low elevation, Northland has the country’s highest average annual temperature. In winter (during our Northland Surfari Trips), the maximum day temperatures vary between 13 °C and 19 °C though it often feels warmer in the sun and shorts and t-shirts are not uncommon.

The average sea temperature of Doubtless Bay in June & July is approximately 16 °C.

For comparison, it is much the same as Christchurch summer sea temperatures. 

In the winter months of June and July the wind is reasonably reliable with ~10-20 knots (see chart below). As a rule of thumb you will either be experiencing a Westerly frontal system or an Easterly frontal system. If there is a day of light conditions, there is always a surf/SUP-surf possibility on either the west coast or east coast.

Due to the nature of the peninsula, you can find differing wind conditions and water states to suit everyones expectations. Tokerau Beach at one end can have good swell and strong wind, while the other end is flat water with lighter wind.

Our Northland Surfari Trip does not include sailing in Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands access can be difficult with long windy travelling times; and due to the steep access to the Bays, gusty wind conditions.

The Karikari Peninsula being low lying and open to near all wind directions offers the best opportunity to get wind maximising your water time.

The group size is limited to 6 guests. All guests are expected to have an intermediate to expert proficiency, we do not cater for beginners or offer lessons.

The journey from Auckland Airport to Coopers Beach is 330km which is 4 hours 15 minutes drive time. There are various sailing opportunities on the journey up if the wind is favourable, and you have the time. We are happy to assist with weather and spots to check on the way.

In addition, there is a regional airport in Kerikeri which is only 65km to Coopers Beach (under 1 hour drive), rental cars are available, along with Watersports Gear Rental from Water Nomads.

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