I had a few free days in Auckland before I started a volunteer project, and I wanted to line up some fun activities while I was there. After doing tons of research, I discovered NZ Surf 'N' Snow Tours. They have a variety of surfing packages, from day trips to week long adventures. Their 1 day tour was absolutely perfect. It was simple, easy to arrange, affordable, and tons of fun. For about $75USD I had round-trip transportation from Auckland to Piha, all gear, snacks, great crew and a full day of surfing at the infamous Piha Beach. I didn't sign up for lessons, but the people that did seemed to highly enjoy their experience. This is a must-do if you're in Auckland! A great activity for all, and a hassle-free way to get out to the beach.