SOME OF THE TOP SPOTS...
Famous for surfing, music, artisans, cafés and a bohemian lifestyle, the Raglan community is only 35 minute drive from Hamilton and just two hours from Auckland on the beautiful west coast of the North Island. This is a relaxing isolated place where you can spend time at one of the many black sand beaches swimming, surfing and body boarding or just working on the perfect tan! The area is world renowned for it's surfing and has some of the best waves in New Zealand, especially just out of Raglan at Whale Bay and Manu Bay where clean glassy left handers roll into the beach. Nearby are the Bridal Veil Falls which are an impressive sight falling around 60 metres – well worth a look.
Piha, Auckland's favourite west coast beach, is probably New Zealand's second best-known surfing beach after Raglan and it has a reputation for awesome surf. It was the birthplace of New Zealand board riding in 1956 and has been the scene of both New Zealand national and international surfing championship competitions. This black ironsand beach is notorious for its rips and currents, so is not a good beach for novices to attempt. Two Surf Lifesaving Clubs provide surf patrols in summer.
GISBORNE SURFERS PARADISE
Fancy a visit to a genuine, laid-back Kiwi surf town, which boasts some of the best summer weather, warm water and a bucketful of different surf breaks to suit board riders? Gisborne's marvellous surf beaches have attracted surfers since the early 1960's. The coastline is affected by long ocean swells coming from both the east and south so you can usually catch a wave at one of the local beaches. Dawn surfing is a buzz because Gisborne is the first place in the world to see the sunrise each day.
Makorori Point (8 km from Gisborne) is a famous surf location, which has all the qualities of a perfect surfing hangout. A right-hander breaks over a shallow reef system setting up a long sweeping ride that is a surfer's dream. Watch for a south or south-east swell and waves around 2 metres from mid to high tide for the epic wave that will replay over and over in your mind.
There's all the wave-riding adventure you could possibly desire on our shores, complemented by stunning scenery, uncrowded waves, kiwi culture and friendliness - all absolutely free for your enjoyment.
The surf's up in New Zealand. So grab a board, catch a wave and discover the freedom of board riding. As they say 'Life's a Beach' - a Kiwi Beach, with perfect point breaks.
New Zealand has many surf spots, spread over our diverse coastline.. Conditions vary so check out our blog to find out more about Surfing in New Zealand.
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