We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

WOW Surf School Gisborne

Moana Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 22 313 0213
Review Highlights
Great first experience

As our first surf lesson was a great experience that I can sincerly recommend. Liz explained us... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
Cologne, Germany
Great surfing school

My husband and I had a fantastic time learning how to surf with Liz. We are both in our 50’s and I... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
Read all 41 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
WOW Surf School teaches all ages, groups, beginner to intermediate surfers: everybody is welcome! We are passionate about sharing the amazing sport with all people and our number one priority is that you are encouraged and supported in this exciting experience. We provide all the gear you need. Surf Boards, Wetsuits, the best surf venue on the day, qualified and caring surf coaches. We use variety of tried and tested techniques that help both Adults and Kids get up and riding waves in no time!! Lessons can be tailored to your level to ensure the best experience possible. We have fully qualified Female and Male coaches to help you best ride waves. A range of boards and sizes of wetsuits-from Kids to XXL including womens. We have a variety of lesson options and pricing. You can surf in a group with other people or book a private lesson to cater for your specific requirements. All ages and all walks of life are welcome! Open everyday, our goal is to share the joy of surfing with you! Waterproof camera’s available to capture the fun and thrill of wave riding. We look forward to having you surf with us!
  • Excellent96%
  • Very good4%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 06:00 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Moana Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 22 313 0213
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (41)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 41 reviews

Reviewed 21 April 2017

As our first surf lesson was a great experience that I can sincerly recommend. Liz explained us everything in details and was extremely funny.

Thank dori4n_chronicles
Reviewed 29 March 2017

My husband and I had a fantastic time learning how to surf with Liz. We are both in our 50’s and I had never surfed or even boogie boarded before and my husband had surfed only a couple of times as a teenager. Liz was...More

Thank ania_camargo
Reviewed 23 February 2017

My partner and I had such a great morning with Liz. I've always wanted to learn how to surf and after a short lesson I was actually doing it! Liz was a fantastic coach, super supportive and the tips to get better really helped. Definitely...More

Thank MayaNZ
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Such a great morning with Liz, we'd give her a 6-star rating if we could! My partner and I booked with very little notice, and subsequently spent a couple of hours in the water and went from being a complete newbies to people who could...More

Thank Dro1982
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent instructor, keeps a good eye on you Enjoyed the 3 day lesson Started with no experience at all

Thank jan g
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Our children aged 9 and 11 did a 2 hr surf lesson, their first, having never surfed before. They were provided modern wetsuits and boards and received excellent instruction from Liz which had them catching waves and standing up in no time. They thoroughly enjoyed...More

Thank Dermot M
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We did 3 surf lessons with Liz at North Makorori beach. We had booked 4 lessons, but the waves were not great the first day so that lesson was cancelled. Liz made up for the lost lesson over the next 3 days though! Liz is...More

Thank nicolealing
Reviewed 25 May 2016

I did five days surfing with Liz at the beginning of April 2016. It was brilliant. In 5 days I went from being a complete beginner to surfing a (small) green wave - still chuffed with that. Liz taught me everything and was full of...More

Thank Maisie R
Liz A, Owner at WOW Surf School Gisborne, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2016

Maisie, thanks so much for remembering us & taking the time to give us such a wonderful review. You are someone who I will take inspiration from when I get disheartened about something, you inspire others by showing what persistence looks like. You weren't someone...More

Reviewed 8 April 2016

Awesome surf lessons! Liz is a great instructor and really inspiring. I'd had a few lessons previously, but felt way more confident after surfing with her. I took 3 days but I could've easily stayed in Gisborne and surfed longer! She has some great tips...More

Thank NicolaYuen
Liz A, Owner at WOW Surf School Gisborne, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2016

Thanks so much for your lovely feedback Nicola. So impressed with your ability after only a few sessions. It was great to see your progression over this time, the lovely graceful way you rode waves and that beautiful smile!-Totally caught it in some of those...More

Reviewed 12 January 2016

My daughters aged 10 and 12 and myself had an absolutely fantastic time learning to surf with Liz, initially we were only going to do one session but we had so much fun and Liz was so fantastic and enthusiastic with my girls that we...More

Thank RhysGordon
Liz A, Owner at WOW Surf School Gisborne, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2016

Ah Rhys, such a great time with you and your girls! Thanks so much for the kind words. What a fun father/daughter bonding experience, really wonderful getting to get to be part of that. Lovely people and some awesome waves caught! It was so nice...More

Nearby Restaurants
The Marina Restaurant
175 reviews
5.07 km away
USSCo Bar & Bistro
291 reviews
5.27 km away
The Rivers Restaurant and Bar
299 reviews
5.17 km away
The Works
141 reviews
5.02 km away
Nearby Attractions
Tairawhiti Museum
95 reviews
5.20 km away
Gisborne Wine Centre
95 reviews
5.05 km away
Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
41 reviews
5.87 km away
Titirangi Domain
10 reviews
5.33 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from WOW Surf School Gisborne staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines