Wing Foil and Windsurf Holiday Camps | Water Nomads Surfari Trips New Zealand


Wing Foil and Windsurf Holiday Camps

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Surfari Trips throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific specialising in adventure holiday experiences.

Join one of our standard package Wing Foil and Windsurf Holiday Camps, and let us take you on a Surfari Trip you and your friends will remember!

Our Surfari Trips happen on various dates throughout the year, to all our favourite wing foil and windsurf holiday locations, this is with the best weather conditions in mind. The aim of a Surfari Trip is to maximise your water-time, just leave everything else to us. We focus on a boutique style with only a small group of guests. There is always a good banter going on, lots of laughter and always plenty of water-time. Water Nomads wing foil and windsurf holiday camps cater for a broad skill level, any style, any budget. Go wing foiling freestyle or a downwinder, windsurfing waves, free-ride or slalom, even prone-foiling. We know the local areas and can show you all the hidden secrets on and off the water.

Learn more about your next holiday adventure and book.

Canterbury Lakes
Discovery Trip

NZD $ 1690
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Windsurf / Wingfoil
  • January / February

Northland Surfari

NZD $ 745
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Windsurf / Wingfoil
  • June / July

Taranaki Wave
Classic Trip

NZD $ 850
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Windsurf / Surf
  • October

Great Barrier
Island Trip

NZD $ 1950
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Wingfoil / Surf / SUP
  • November

Luxury Retreat

NZD $ 7995
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Wingfoil / Windsurf
  • group of four

Custom Surfari

  • tailored accommodation
  • tailored meals
  • tailored location

Why Choose Us?

We love to share our backyard with you. Traveling extensively through New Zealand ourselves, we hand-pick the best spots for our wing foil and windsurf holiday camps. You will be able to see more, do more and play more. As a boutique style business we don’t get a large volume of customers and reviews, but those that we get, speak for themselves!

Small Group

Discovering New Zealand in a small group is a very special experience. You’ll enjoy good company and find common ground with like-minded riders with the potential for serendipitous surprises, a lot of laughs and perhaps you find new friends for life.

More watertime

Nothing is more important than you having a good time on the water. Our local knowledge guarantees that you are at the right time at the right place with a group of like-minded people.

Never miss a wing foil and windsurf session!

Memorable Stay

We personally handpick your accommodation for the Surfari Trip, ensuring that it meets our high standards when it comes to quality, location and character. Furthermore we are engaging the best local caterers to ensure a healthy and delicious menu.

Discover Adventure

Our wing foil and windsurf holiday camps take you to great spots off the beaten track. See more and experience the best New Zealand has to offer, without the crowds. We go to places where other people don't.

Adventure travel at its best.

Our Reviews

Signed on for the Water Nomads Northland Safari as a solo traveller and so glad I did rather than going North alone! Great fun arriving at the beach to find a bunch of other keen wingers to share in the stoke!! Heidi and Bevan’s local knowledge made the most of the conditions by putting us in the right place at the right time and their easy going nature made the whole experience really enjoyable. Food and accomodation are spot on with the freedom to take a packed lunch and venture where ever you like a high lite. Highly recommend WaterNomads and look forward to joining them on the Southern Lakes Tour. Cheers Joel. PS-great photos to!!
I've recently completed my first Water Nomads Surfari and it was fantastic. From the amazing accommodation, exquisite food and welcoming hosts it was simply brilliant. Their knowledge of the area and the conditions was first rate, their enthusiasm second to none and the atmosphere that it created made the long weekend very enjoyable. Highly recommend Heidi and Bevan as hosts and would love to join another trip in the future.
Bevan and Heidi hosted an excellent week of windsurfing and winging based out of Twizel. There was wind and sun every day, an essential part of any memorable sailing holiday. Spectacular catering, great company and daily excitement on the water left us all sad to return back to real life at the end of the week. What impressed me the most about the Water Nomads package was the knowledge these two carry with them on where to go ... you could easily waste a week chasing breeze on the wrong lake if you flew solo. So, my first package deal for a long, long time proved an absolute winner. I'll be back again for more. Big thanks Water Nomads 🙂

FAQ | Surfari Trips

When you choose one of our wing foil and windsurf holiday camps you’ll enjoy the company of Water Nomads and a small group of like-minded travelling companions from around the world. We include everything from accommodation, meals, snacks, spot advice and pre-trip departure info. Additional to that you most likely will get some nice action shots of you. The maximum group size is 10, sometimes less, depending on the trip.

Click the “Book now” button on the specific trip you chose and let us know of any specific requirements you may have. We will then send you a booking confirmation and request of payment. If you have any questions do not hesitate to Contact Us, we’re here to help.

For domestic payments, NZ bank transfer is the best for us, but you can also pay by credit card (3.5% fee applies – via Stripe) or cash by arrangement.

For international payments, we will send you a secure credit card payment request by email through Stripe (3.5% fee applies). If your preference is via international bank transfer, please get in touch with us and we can help you work out the best options (you must cover any transaction fees).

Yes, all taxes are included. The price you see is the price you pay. 

Our wing foil and windsurf holiday camps run all year round, equally important the location of our trips varies by the season to make the most of the prevailing wind and weather conditions (maybe we should have called ourselves Wind Nomads). The winter trips (Northland) run from June through to August, our spring trips (Taranaki and Great Barrier Island) run from September through to November and summer trips (Canterbury Lakes) run from January through to February. Autumn (fall) is generally the calmest period for wind, ideal for surfing.

It is our aim to ensure that we incorporate as many inclusions as possible in your trip to minimise any out-of-pocket expenses while you are away. Our Surfari Trips are fully supported which mean they include accommodation, meals, snacks, local knowledge and advice. Gear hire is not included in the trip price, though you can hire our premium brand sailing equipment (board, foil, wing, sail, harness, etc) for the duration of the trip, or longer. Some trips include transport, others are self drive, please refer to the individual trips.

Our Surfari Trips are first and foremost holidays and can be undertaken by anyone in a reasonable state of health and fitness. If you are unsure, we recommend that you Contact Us to discuss the physical requirements that can be expected or any medical limitations you may have.

Yes, you can bring your own boards, foils, wings, sails and everything else you might need. We are happy to guide you on the expected conditions to help you with your gear decisions if you are unsure.

Yes you can! Please get in touch with us prior to the trip, so we can make sure we bring the right gear for you. You may also extend the rental for a longer term and continue enjoying the area if you wish. Check out our Watersports Rental for more information.

Generally, on our wing foil and windsurf holiday camps you need your own vehicle to get to the accommodation and get around (self-drive), unless stated otherwise.

Example: Our Northland Surfari and Taranaki Wave Camp are self-drive, where as the Great Barrier Island and Canterbury Lakes Surfaris have transport included in varying degrees. Check out each of the Surfari Trips pages for details.

For most of our trips we have a carefully selected range of 3 star family type homes central to our trips primary water activities. Luxury accommodation will be 4-5 star. A description and images of the accommodation are provided on each Surfari Trip page.

Yes, to book a twin share room you must book and pay together with the second person you’re sharing the room with.

If you do not have a second person to book with, you are unable to use the twin share option.

Yes, we can cater for a variety of dietary requirement. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, or have specific allergies, we will accommodate you.

Please advise when you’re booking so we can prepare. 

Yes, partners are most welcome. All our accommodation cater for, and offer comfortable double room occupancy. It should be noted the conversation around breakfast and dinner will tend to steer toward wind conditions and fantastic post session analysis respectfully. Surprisingly gear talk has been know to happen also.

There is always plenty of non-watersport activities if ones partner needs to breakaway from the group. Usually ride sharing to the beach with other guests can be arranged so your partner can have the car… Feel free to Contact Us if you need help being convinced its a good idea, or, you would like more information about the areas we will be at, so you can convince your partner.

Northland has beautiful beaches and walks to explore, being winter the living space in the accommodation is very comfortable if the weather isn’t favourable for a good book.

Taranaki is the Surf Highway, so an amazing coast to explore. Mt Taranaki has epic day hiking. New Plymouth has a great bike park, and also has so much to offer culturally, in the arts and amazing gardens blooming in spring!

Canterbury Lakes is possibly our pick for partners. In the height of summer in the Mackenzie Country and Lakes is breathtaking. There is access to mountain bike hire in Twizel, where you can do parts or all of the Alps to Ocean cycleway. Visit Mt Cook Village, go hiking in the National Park, or salmon fishing in the canals. The list is huge!

Remember, our Surfari Trip group is always small, fun and always inclusive.

Many of our Surfari Trips are suitable for families with youths over 16 years old. Non-sailing partners are also welcome on our Surfari Trips as most of our trip destinations have many local activities outside of water-sports, also the accommodation is always comfortable for everyone.

No, our trips will happen regardless of the forecast. After all, a forecast is just a forecast, it will likely change.

Our Surfari Trips are timed to maximise the best local weather conditions.

See our Terms and Conditions  for further details.

Yes, Kitesurf/foilers are welcome on our Surfari Trips. However, the needs and desired conditions of a Kitesurfer are slightly different to a wingfoiler or windsurfer. Some locations we frequent can have restricted launching options, so either a very high skill set is required, or the acceptance you may need to launch in a different spot completely to the rest of the group.

Northland is the most kiteboard/foil user friendly of our trips, all locations are easy launch and favourable ride conditions for all. Check out our Featured Location for Northland.

Taranaki for wave kitesurfing is amazing, however the south coast launching can be hair-raising with mostly large beach boulder access. There are sandy beach launches, but that comes with a power shore break. Definitely not for the novice. Check out our Introduction to Taranaki and our Spot Guide to wavesailing Taranaki.

Canterbury Lakes is possible also, though launching locations are in general tricky with many trees, powerlines or land features to consider. High experience would be required. You can check out our Spot Guides to Lakes Tekapo, Pukaki, Ōhau and Aviemore.

If you are unsure, please Contact Us, as we are happy to discuss access and conditions in more depth.

Each Surfari Trip page has a description under the “What skill set” to see if the trip would suit you. If you’re still unsure, Contact Us on what conditions you like and we will suggest the Surfari Trip you are most likely to get the most out of and enjoy.

Sign up to our newsletter and get any newly added Surfari Trip directly to your inbox and be the first to know. All Surfari Trip dates will be listed on our website under each trip.

If you would like to make a group booking specific to your needs, check out our Custom Surfari Trip.

Yes! You can arrive late or depart early. You can leave the group at anytime and return during the Surfari Trip. You just need to communicate your intensions with Water Nomads during the Surfari Trip.

Note: you won’t be reimbursed for any portion of the trip unused. Refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details.

Yes, we currently instruct intermediate level wingsurfing or wing foiling on our Surfari Trips by prior arrangement. We also provide helpful tips and advise about the most appropriate spot and conditions for the day depending on your skill set. 

Wanting to start your Wing Foiling journey? Check out our directory for Learn to Wingfoil in New Zealand.

Most of our guests tend to hang out on the same spot during the day. In spite of you having a different skill set or want / need different conditions, we can advise you which spot will work best for you. To assist with this flexibility, you are provided with an individually packed lunch so no-one misses out.  

No, it is expected you skill set be sufficient to self rescue in most conditions, and your judgement is such to determine if the presented conditions are beyond your skills. We operate under “if in doubt – stay out”.

Often our locations are remote and everyone will be looking out for each other. We carefully select locations matching the conditions to best accommodated everyone where ever possible, this can sometimes mean going to two spots in a day, mixing it up.