Top surf spots in New Zealand

Lifestyle
1st Dec 2020

Boasting over 15,000km of natural coastline, New Zealand offers some of the best surfing locations in the World.

There are plenty of unique spots and contrasting environments to explore across both the North Island and South Island. While the North Island is a popular surf region known for its warmer waters the South Island shouldn’t be overlooked as it produces some incredible waves (just make sure you hire a wetsuit!).

With Summer and the surfing season just around the corner, we thought we’d share some of the best surfing locations around New Zealand, so you grab your board while you’re on the road and enjoy the ride!

Raglan, North Island

Undoubtedly New Zealand’s most famous surf spot, this tiny town located on the West Coast of the North Island is the perfect destination for beginners through to more advanced surfers.

There are three main breaks, Manu Bay, Indicators and Whale Bay that gives Raglan its world class reputation, with Manu Bay considered to have the longest left-hand breaks around. If you are looking for calmer waves to practise your skills, Ngaranui Beach is a safer option suitable for the whole family.

Piha, Auckland

The most popular surf location from the city of Sails, Piha is probably one of the most iconic surf beaches in New Zealand. The black sand beach and rugged coastline makes this location a playground for experienced surfers that are up for a challenge. The waves are pretty powerful here so probably one to avoid if you’re still getting to grips with your pop up.

Highway 45, Taranaki

The 100km state highway, also known as Surf Highway 45 earns its names from the 180 degree of ocean swell making it a Surfers Paradise.  There are a ton of places to stop off and enjoy a surf. Fitzroy Beach is the most popular spot along the way with right and left handers, and its close proximity to New Plymouth City.

Highway 45, Taranaki

The 100km state highway, also known as Surf Highway 45 earns its names from the 180 degree of ocean swell making it a Surfers Paradise.  There are a ton of places to stop off and enjoy a surf. Fitzroy Beach is the most popular spot along the way with right and left handers, and its close proximity to New Plymouth City.

St Clair, Dunedin

When thinking of top surfing spots, you might not think to head as far south as Dunedin. Within a five-minute drive from the city centre you can find St Clair Beach, offering beach breaks and hallow waves that make it very suitable for beginners. Be sure to wear a wetsuit as its pretty cool down there!

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