Come on a long joyride inside super tubes and perfect peeling waves at Raglan, our hottest surf spot.
This famous surfing nirvana has steep, full-on wave sets that promise to get you fully amped on the longest ride of your life.
Surfing is a natural pursuit along New Zealand’s stunning coastline as the Kiwi lifestyle revolves around the beach. During summer from December to March Kiwis don’t consider they’ve had a proper weekend without a swim or surf. Good reliable surf breaks are common in all seasons and many beachside surf shops and hostels hire out surfboards to visitors. So it’s relatively easy to catch the perfect wave.
The North Island offers warmer waters and excellent beach, point, reef and bar breaks at places such as Auckland’s Muriwai and Piha, Ahipara, Tauranga, Whangamata, Gisborne, Taranaki and Wellington. The Wairarapa Coast is famous for its giant roller coasters and gnarly rinse cycles.
In the South Island conditions are cooler and wet suits are needed year round, but some awesome waves can be ridden at exposed surf beaches like Kaikoura, Westport, Greymouth and also Dunedin, where three-metre Pacific rollers become barrelling waves as they pound the beach breaks.
The New Zealand surf is always up and waiting for you. So grab a board and surf your heart out downunder.