Nelson Paddleboarding

Paddleboard Hire and Lessons

The calm waters, easy beach access and great scenery make our base at Tahunanui Beach the perfect place to have a go at stand up paddle boarding.

Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned professional, you will love your time out in the “Haven”.  Arrow Rock (Fifeshire Rock), Haulashore Island, the Boulder Back are all a short paddle from the sand.  Plentiful sea birds and marine life such as southern fur seals, eagle and sting rays are common, so there’s always something to keep you coming back for more!  Included in the price of the rental is one of our awesome boards, an adjustable paddle, flotation device, leg rope and short instructional session.

Moana are the only accredited Paddleboard School in the Top of the South.  All our our instructors are experienced and passionate, and just love to share that with beginners and experienced paddlers alike.  

Scroll down to check out your options and to book or buy a Gift Card for someone who's awesome!!!

Read our reviews on TripAdvisor

Book a gift card

Tahuna Beach Hire

Using the New Zealand designed Wananga SUP, you can explore the beautiful Nelson Haven right from the beach at Tahunanui.  Following a brief instruction on the conditions and technique, you are free to enjoy a cruisey coastal paddle on the hunt for rays, birds, seals and more. Bring your friends, family or enjoy the serenity and calm blue seas on your own, you decide, either way its awesome!!  

Book online now!

Maitai River Hire

Sheltered, very scenic and suitable for all abilities and ages, even the dog.  Departing from Paru Paru Rd, behind the Trafalgar centre, paddle under bridges to the River Kitchen for a coffee or just enjoy the alternative view of our beautiful city.  The Maitai is the ideal kids SUP party destination.  The trip is tidal, but very slow flowing, so times are set to work with the big spring tides!  Great location for the BIG TAHUNA Giant SUP.  

Book online now!

Paddleboard Yoga 

Join us for an hour of Yoga on Stand Up Paddle boards.  Savour the sights and sounds of early morning calm conditions and be guided through a series of playful and peaceful poses (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama), just off shore at our Floating Studio.  During your practice you are sure to find moments of fun and laughter with the sun above and the water below.  SUP Yoga adds extra core strengthening and balance, making it a wonderful full body workout, with a peaceful and relaxing savasana to end your session.

Please call us to book




With a focus on safety and fun, we will teach you the skills required to start your journey into the world of SUP.  Mornings are best, with calm conditions and smaller crowds and our fully qualified SNZ/ISA accredited instructors will have you up and paddling in no time.  The session will include:

  • Introduction to boards and equipment
  • SUP safety and handling
  • Conditions and environment
  • Stance and positioning
  • Paddle technique – forward, turning, braking
  • 1 hour lesson plus 1 hour board hire (2hrs total)                  

Book online now!


This is for paddlers who wish to get their current skills and knowledge to the next level. If you’re looking for race training, an understanding of SUP in surf or just want to be less tired after a longer paddle? Then this improver lesson is for you.  We will take advantage of the early conditions to cover topics such as:

  • Improved technique for better efficiency
  • Foot positioning
  • SUP safety and handling
  • Advanced turning stroke (pivot turns)
  • Paddling for the conditions- Chop, wind, swell 
  • 1 hour lesson plus 1 hour board hire (2hrs total)                 

Book online now!

Big Tahuna Hire

The BIG Tahuna is a great option for small groups, families schools or businesses that want a real hoot on the water.  Heaps of fun for all ages.  Prices start from $80 per hour for up to 10 kids (intermediate/junior) or six to eight high school or adults. See it in action!

Book online now!

Groups or Corporate Events

We are super stoked to have partnered up with the team from Viva La Vaca again this year.  Recently voted"best Street Food" in the region, Viva la Vaca provide authentic Argentinian BBQ options from there mobile BBQ cart.  So we can have some fun on the water and feed you, just about anywhere.  Call direct on 0272850772 for more detail or to book your Christmas or Business function.

Schools and Community Groups

Looking for a fun and easy to do option for a school camp or community group? Moana have a great selection of option from 1 hour to full day, at the beach in Tahunanui, or take a trailer load of boards away to your school camp site to use at your leisure. Full Risk Analysis options for several local sights are available, conditions apply so call Toby on 0272850772 to talk options. Check this out!