Where are New Zealand’s Best Surf Spots?


With over 15,000 kilometres of coastline to explore New Zealand is a surfer’s paradise. New Zealand boasts the 10th longest coastline of all countries in the world – that’s a lot of potential surf! The Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea are cold – wet-suit recommended! There are popular surf beaches all over New Zealand and you’ll likely find one all to yourself!

Where does the CEO of Surfing New Zealand surf?

Greg Townsend CEO of Surfing New Zealand states his five favourite spots across new Zealand to catch waves are: Mangahume in Taranaki, Porpoise Bay and Purakaunui Bay in the Catlins, Aramoana Spit in Otago and Mahia Reef in Hawke’s Bay. He spends his free time surfing in Raglan, a surfing mecca and home to the headquarters of Surfing New Zealand.

Is Raglan one of the best areas to surf in New Zealand?

Raglan is west of Hamilton on the North Island of New Zealand. Manu Bay in Raglan is world renowned for what many surfers claim is the longest, consistent left-hand break in the world! With enough skill and experience it is possible to catch a wave and cruise it for almost 2 kilometres! Ngarunui along this stretch of coastline is a great beach for beginning surfers. While Manu Bay and Whale Bay are better for the advanced surfers. Manu Bay (The Point) was even featured in a cult surfing movie from 1966 called Endless Summer.

So, yes Raglan is New Zealand’s best known surf spot but is it the only place to surf?

What other areas of New Zealand are popular with local surfers?

You can pretty much surf all around the coastline of New Zealand if you’re prepared to travel and explore. There are a lot of accommodation in Ragalan Beach that you can stay at.

Try these popular surf spots:

– Auckland’s West Coast
– Great Barrier Island
– Taranki
– Bay of Plenty
– Mahia Peninsula
– Otago Peninsula
– Kaikoura
– Port Waikato
– Gisborne
– Hawke’s Bay

The Taranaki Peninsula is popular, with lots of surf spots within a short distance of each other. In the South Island surfers tend to focus on Dunedin and Christchurch. With Kaikoura having popular reefs and points just north of Christchurch. The South Island is colder than the North, particularly in the Winter. You can surf in the morning and snowboard in the afternoon!

If you want the beaches to yourself stay away from these concentrated areas and you will find great quality surf to share with a few mates or enjoy by yourself. With tiny coves, a variety of reefs and points and long sandy beaches there are great surfing conditions all over New Zealand. The weather systems that impact New Zealand create great conditions for surfing all year round.

3 Reasons to love surfing in New Zealand:
1. Consistent waves
2. Uncrowded
3. Many great surf spots

NB. Cold winter water temperatures, often with miserable weather! Backpackers can stay at Raglan accommodation for the night.

Raglan Accommodation Options for Surfers?

Accommodation ranges from Raglan beach accommodation to backpackers, private villas and hotels. Consider Manu Bay Villa, one of a small number of Raglan holiday homes where you get the whole villa to yourself. Prime location nestled into the coastline above Manu Bay. So, when you’re not surfing you can literally breathe in that fresh sea air and watch the waves breaking below. Visit our website www.manubayvilla.com for images and pricing to see why we are one of the most relaxing family run Raglan holiday homes in the area.

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