Surf n Stay NZ

Hostel in Whangamata

In a quiet street a block from the waves, this hostel owned by a friendly Kiwi-Brazilian couple has dorms and private rooms that are clean and comfortable. Cooked breakfast included. There's also the option of surfing and paddle-boarding lessons (from $70), hire of paddle boards, surfboards and kayaks (from $20), and longer surf camps, some incorporating yoga.

A nearby self-contained unit is $150.