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Bethells Boogie NZ

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Discover the ultimate journey through archaeological history and the worlds' second longest sea caves, then boogie back catching waves to shore. We carefully crafted a world-first in New Zealand, never done or seen before adventure, a sea experience with a spin of adventure taking you where few people venture, safely. Do something truly new, New Zealand and discover an experience abundant with superlatives!


Do not attempt this yourself; go with our trained and experienced professional staff with health and safety protocols and equipment.


Bethells Boogie tour

Learn also about New Zealands' largest stratovolcano, an undersea volcano, Waitakere Volcano, 6 times the size of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro combined and was estimated to be just as high as Aoraki Mt Cook, now dormant 20 km west of today’s Waitakere Ranges. Discover in person why the Waitakere Ranges got their name, as with Te Henga, Oneill's bay and Bethells beach; don't just read about it; see, feel, hear, touch and smell it. Bethells boogie is a full sensory experience, a journey through cultural history and geological transformations.

This one-of-a-kind NZ west coast ocean adventure is a unique ocean phenomenon, only operating when the calm swells allow us too. The four hour Bethells Boogie tour is ever more adventurous because you will only know when we are running it no more than seven days in advance. To find out when, keep an eye on our website, follow our social media and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed and secure your place on Bethells Boogie!



13+ years of age,

195cm maximum height (or have your own wetsuit; minimum 3mm),

150cm minumum height (or have your own wetsuit; minimum 3mm),

120kg maximum weight,

Can tread water for one minute,

Can swim 400m non-stop under 10 minutes.


Boogie boarding

“Boogie” is a reference to boogieing on water, associated with a style of Jazz called “boogie-woogie”, popularized in the 1920's. The first boogie board was made from foam and newspaper. That first model was named S.N.A.K.E. An acronym for side, navel, arm, knee, and elbow; parts of the body used to ride boogie boards. The boogie board was invented in 1971 by Jazz-fan Tom Morey in Hawaii inspired after a Baha’i prayer.


Body boarding

With great boogie board popularity in the 1970's, Tom Morey's boogie board license was sold to large manufacturers. Boogie Board is a brand name and once it was trademarked other companies were forced to market their versions as ‘bodyboards’, only changing the design slightly. And that is it; subtle difference only in design will determine if your body has boarded a wave or if you boogie your board on the waves. Both mean riding a foam board on your stomach on waves at the beach.


So who's keen to boogie at Bethells?



Activity specific items:

  • Boogie Board with leash
  • Fins / flippers
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Helmet
  • Warm wetsuit


Staff carry:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • VHF Marine Radio
  • Hot thermos
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • Emergency shelter
  • Tow line





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First hour

Meet at Bethells Beach Carpark, get kitted up, walk to the ocean, Health and Safety talk, techniques and skills, stories, history, oceanography.

Second and third hour

Begin our tour, easing into the caves and ocean, exploring cave passages, going on our journey and taking rests along the way, surfing back to shore.

Last hour

Laughs, stories, high fives, debrief, share learnings, walk back to carpark, clean gear, unpack, undress, farewell.

Yes they exist but there has never been a shark attack at Bethells Beach, ever. They also stay away from rocks and reefs where we will be and they are deterred by bright colours which is all of our equipment.

Colder but not cold because of the Auckland climate and our warm wetsuits.

We still go out and people love it just as much with or without waves.

Togs, towel, sandals, change of clothes, food, drink and any personal medication.

The West Coast deserves respect, so we have meticulously designed this tour to only operate under conservative thresholds and conditions.
That means low and small waves with ideal and weak winds.
Our trained and experienced staff, high visibility quality gear, many emergency items, motorised rescue board, and much more, mean you are in safe company.

About two hours. The whole tour takes about four hours, from hello to goodbye.

Sorry, but like many adventure activities, to keep you save and happy we have to ensure you are able to participate safely, so we will advise you to come back when ready.
However, if you can assure us you can swim 400meters in 10minutes and tread water for 1minute then you can turn up.
On the tour, we then verify your swimming ability by running you through a relatively simple and easy swim test to see you in action.

All of those questions are fine and doable. We can run tours for almost everyone, provided you meet our age and ability criteria.

It's OK, we ease into everything, never overwhelming you in one go, and at any point we can get you back to shore ASAP!


  • Togs,
  • Towel,
  • Change of clothes.



  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Sandals.



  • Food,
  • Drink.
  • Pricing Name
    Group (Min-Max)
  • Pricing Name Price
    Start Monday January 24, 2022
    End Monday January 24, 2022
    1 - 4 Pax
    Available Seats: 4

    Adult ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $0.00 $0.00 /Person

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    Child ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $0.00 $0.00 /Person

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