Stand up Paddle Boarding

Stand up Paddle (SuP) Boarding

Going beyond the beach on a SuP, we’ll meander many places, exploring the hidden gems we encounter along the way

Choose your paddle boarding tour

From short and local half-day (4hr) SuP tours to further afield multiple day and overnight expeditions

Lucas Creek Waterfall SuP Tour

2hr Lucas Creek Waterfall SuP Tour exploring mangroves, paddle boarding skills and falling waters 

Select something special for SuP

Unique paddle boarding to SNM, do something different, go somewhere unique


Paddle boarding for kids, youth and teenagers focused on self, sustainability and SUP skills

Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous SuP Journeys

Duke of Edinburgh Award for Bronze, Silver, Gold, Training, Planning, Practice and Qualifier

Astronomical SuP Adventures

SuP during sunrise, sunset, full moon, stargazing and cosmic experiences

Paddle boarding skills courses

Learn SuP basics, get started in paddle boarding and advance to surfing, rescues, racing and more…

Beginner SuP foundation course

Learn everything about paddle boarding. Introductory beginner course becoming independent paddlers

SuP extras

Paddle boards for hire, SuP safety equipment and tailor-made experiences

Outdoor Adventure SuP gear hire / rental

SUP board + leash + paddle + PFD + dry bags, 2-4 person Macpac tents, 3-4 person Trangia cookers and PLB

Stand up Paddle (SuP) Boarding

Immerse yourself in our water-based services with our paddle board activities, go with the flow. Stand up Paddle boarding is for everyone to enjoy and helps you experience nature.

It’s not quite walking on water, but it’s close. And what a unique vantage point you get from up here. Gliding on the calm waters of Auckland’s tidal inlets, join us on a stand up paddleboard journey where we’ll discover stunning scenery rarely seen by the average Aucklander. After going through essential safety skills and paddling techniques that will help you get the most out of your experience, we’ll set off in search of mangroves, hidden bays, and any marine wildlife that decides to come along for the ride.

Auckland stand up paddle board lessons with Social Nature Movement.

SUP is a great full-body workout

Keeping you fit while promoting balance, coordination, core strength and endurance.

We have over 40 places around Auckland alone to Stand up Paddle board; most involving journeys and what happens between is magic. Join us, come explore all the spaces you do not know about and get to know your place better.

Going through different techniques to navigate through water, you will learn the knowledge and skills to turn and maneuver with ease:
– paddling techniques; conserve energy and paddle faster for longer,
– use muscles in your whole body; not just your arms,
– learn water safety skills; build confidence to go further.

Social Nature Movement is an environmentally-conscious Stand up Paddle boarding company. We emphasise a ‘leave no trace’ attitude and ‘sustainable coastlines’ approach. Through environmentalism, we empower you in making big differences making simple choices. With the help of our clients, in 2018 we removed over 200kg of rubbish from our Auckland waterways and beaches!

We value our environments and feel strong responsibilities ensuring active improvement and preservation through Stand up Paddle boarding. We reach remote places and are always looking at ways to minimise our impact on the wider-world.


Types of Stand up Paddle boarding

We invest in buying quality Stand up Paddle boarding equipment ensuring use for as long as possible to reduce adverse environmental effects.

Stand up Paddle boarding comes in many forms; one reason the sport has gained such widespread popularity. Each has its enthusiast and with one board and paddle you can do all the following: Cruising – Surfing – Racing – River Riding – Exercising – Fishing. Get outside and on the water with this pursuit designed with everyone in mind!


Stand up Paddle boarding introduction lessons

Learn from the best. Our Stand up Paddle boarding instructors are International Surfing Association (ISA) certified. Whatever your experience, we have lessons to suit your needs.

I have never been Stand up Paddle boarding before. No worries! Our introductory session will leave you feeling confident to stand up, paddle, turn and simply enjoy flat water SuPing. We’ll start with a ‘dry run’. On the water we go through different paddle strokes you can use to navigate through the water. Lessons run at your own pace.

I have been Stand up Paddle boarding and want to improve. We teach you paddling techniques that you can use to conserve energy and paddle faster and for longer. You will learn how to use the muscles in your whole body rather than just your arms, and even how you can use the SUP to strengthen your body. You will learn water safety skills that will build your confidence to go further out into the ocean.


Stand up Paddle boarding parties

If you are looking for an amazing time for your next group party, work function or outing, look no further than Stand up Paddle boarding! A paddle party is guaranteed to be an experience for everyone to remember.

Hens and stag parties, company or club functions, team building, birthdays, end of year celebrations…

Social Nature Movement can tailor everything for your Stand up Paddle boarding party, transport, meals, drinks and even live music.

Stand up Paddle boarding Yoga and Fitness

Stand up Paddle boarding functionally trains the entire body. Gain balance, strengthen your posterior chain and stabilise your legs. Stand up Paddle boarding Yoga is fun and much easier than you think! Join a scheduled class or book a private session for you and your mates, team or colleges.

Join us for a fun and original way to enjoy the water. Stand up Paddle boarding Yoga improves your focus and sense of balance, and it’s a perfect idea to treat yourself to some relaxing time out.


SUP Safety

Safety is first for us while Stand up Paddle boarding. Our instructors are International Surfing Association (ISA) certified, first aid providers and police vetted. Our equipment is tested and maintained. Our ‘Water Safety’ programme has three main learning outcomes:

Self; on, in and around water,
Others; inclusion, team building and leadership,
Place; fostering a respectful relationship with our watery world.


Stand up Paddle boarding tour locations

Goat Island
Orakei Basin
Auckland Mangroves


Stand up Paddle boarding Higher Performance Coaching

Transcend your passion and go further with us

These performance training sessions will prepare you for more advanced aspects of Stand up paddle boarding and bigger challenges. We help you become a more efficient paddler and build your overall knowledge and skill set. Sessions could include: refining specific paddling techniques, paddling efficiency, essential skills (buoy turns, moving on board etc), beach starts, nutrition and developing a training strategy, practice drills (“homework”), paddling out through waves, wave catching stances, riding bumps, open ocean safety, surf etiquette and much more. You will learn the latest secrets and how to train more effectively, become prepared for high demands of racing and establish realistic and challenging goals.


“Enjoy all the small things along the way”

Casper Steinfath


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Stand up Paddle (SuP) Boarding FAQ's

  • Why do I need to check my gear free of pests?

    The Hauraki Gulf is a nationally significant marine park. Many of the islands of the Gulf are pest free, or partially pest free. This means they are now home to some of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered species – eg tuatara, takahe, shore plover and kiwi. The islands are also recovering naturally as birds reintroduce themselves to these safe havens.  It is important to keep them pest free – and we need your help!

    Pest animals and plants can invade our islands by stowing away on or in your footwear, gear or boat. Rats canm squeeze through a 12 mm gap andm mice can squeeze through a 7m mm gap. Insects could hide in your bag, and weeds, seeds and soil could cling to your clothing and shoes. Pests threaten New Zealand's native wildlife:

     Rats eat birds, eggs, reptiles and insects.
     Mice prey on insects and eat small birds and reptiles.
     Argentine ants can reach large numbers and have a big appetite killing our native insects, skinks, geckos and baby birds.
     Plague skinks compete with native lizards and other animals for food and habitat and have displaced our native skinks on the mainland.
     Soil can carry plant diseases such as kauri dieback.
     Weed seeds can become a weed forest and smother native plants

  • How do I best prepare for my pest-free trip?

     Make sure all food is packed and sealed in plastic containers with lid. Ensure cardboard boxes are closed and taped – there must be no nopportunity for an nunwanted pest to access the container/box in transit.
     Ensure all footwear and gear is clean and free of soil.
     Thoroughly check any camping or overnight gear for stowaways. Gear that has been stored away is high risk.
     Thoroughly check seedlings, potting mix or plant matter to ensure there are no hitch- hikers.
     Seal up your gear/food as soon as you have finished packing and leave it closed until you reach your destination.

SuP Credentials

SNM are NZSUP members and Qualified SUP Instructors.

NZSUP inc. organises the national race championships and teams for international events, oversees SUP schools and instruction, and campaigns on behalf of all paddleboarders in New Zealand on matters of safety, legislation and all other aspects of negotiation and liaison with other governing bodies.

SNM are the only SUPKids school in New Zealand.

The SUPKids program is designed to teach kids SUP, water safety & environmental education. 

Boating Education Coastguard
SNM are Day Skipper, Sea Kayak , VHF Marine Radio and Boastmaster trained.

Coastguard Boating Education courses for all members of the family or crew, including those new to boating. Particularly suited to those with responsibility of being a skipper on their own vessel.

Manukau Harbour Restoration Society
SNM are Manukau Harbour Restoration Society members.

The Manukau Harbour Restoration Society (MHRS) was formed in 2011 by Auckland residents living around the harbour committed to improving the condition of the harbour and its environs.

Pest Free Auckland
SNM are Pest-Free operators within the Hauraki Gulf

Helping keep Hauraki Gulf islands pest free by checking bags and gear for pests, cleaning shoes and gear, closing bags and containers. Read more here