New Zealander's love to surf, since no one is very far from any coastline. When the surf is good they grab their board and hit the waves. There are many great spot's around the country, but you would have to talk to the locals to find those hidden gems.
New Zealand has super tubes and perfect peeling waves at Raglan and a thriving surf culture, our hottest surf spot, near Auckland on the North Island.
This famous surfing nirvana has steep, full-on wave sets that promise to get you fully excited on the longest ride of your life.
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Surfing is a natural pursuit along New Zealand’s stunning easily accessible coastline as the New Zealand 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.
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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, the Catlins and also Dunedin’s St Clair beach, 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 continue your adventure holiday and surf your heart out in NZ.
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