Thanks to more than 15.000 km of
coastline with many reefs, waves, long sandy beaches, and points, New Zealand
is one of the most popular destinations for surfing in the world. Whether you
are a professional or still a beginner, New Zealand would be perfect for you.
So, if you love traveling and water sports, here are a few places you should
visit in New Zealand if you want to have the time of your life.
This is one of those spots that even
those surfers who have never visited it still know about. You can even find it
in some Hollywood films, like The Endless Summer, for example. It might not be
that simple to find, but once you do, you can rest assured that there would be
waves. Moreover, there are different sections for different skill levels, so
even if you’re just starting, you can still visit this place.
This beach is located on the West Coast
of Northland, and it has more than a few peaks you can choose from. The waves
are fun and, just like Shipwreck Bay, it’s suitable for all skill levels.
Moreover, due to the length of the beach, it might not be a bad idea to get a New Zealand sim card, so you can locate your
friends more easily while being there.
Muriwai is a very popular beach,
especially during summer. However, as rips and dangerous currents are more
common here, it’s best for a bit more experienced surfers. This doesn’t mean
you have to stay away from it if you’re a beginner – you can always enjoy the
beach on your rest days and make new friends. Just keep in mind that it’s a bit
more crowded, so if it does fit you, watch out for the swimmers.
Piha is great for surfers of all levels,
and it has even been renowned as the best surf beach in New Zealand. With that
in mind, it’s not a surprise that it’s very popular, so if you’re going there
during summer, expect some crowds. You can choose between North Piha and South
Piha, both of which have some amazing peaks.
Te Arai is a sandy beach on the north
side of Te Arai Point, near Auckland. You can find several peaks here, and
there are both right and left-handers. The waves are usually very strong and
hollow, but they are not hard to master, so it’s suitable for both beginners
and experts. Just keep in mind that it is a popular spot with the locals, so
you should get familiar with the rules.
This is another popular beach, and it’s
near Wellington, which means that it can get pretty crowded. There are plenty
of good peaks though, so if you do find the time and don’t mind the crowds, you
should check it out.
Near Lyall Bay, you can find Airport
Reef, which has a big peak as well as both right and left-handers. The waves
can get quite challenging though, so this spot is better left to the
This beach is one of the most picturesque
spots in New Zealand, which also makes it very popular with tourists. It is
fairly long, has various peaks, a left-hand point break, and a right-hand break
with an outer reef. You can also find natural hot springs in the middle of the
beach where people often dig their own pools too. This is also how the beach
got its name, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to relax in one of such
springs. Finally, this spot is great for all levels of surfing expertise, just
be careful when surfing near swimmers.
This spot is the most popular point break
of the famous Raglan point breaks. They are all very popular, but this one is
also best for surfers. You can find wave reels across the entire bay, just be
careful near the rocks. Also, keep in mind that this spot is for a bit more
advanced surfers, so if you are one, you’re bound to have a great time.
Paturau Beach is a remote beach on the
West Coast, so it’s ideal for those who don’t really like crowds. This also
means that, if you’re traveling with your friends or significant other, or if
you simply want to practice on your own with a bit more room, this beach might
offer you a bit more privacy. Here, you can enjoy some fun and fast waves,
which also means that you can ride for a while. Just watch out for rips and
currents, and you should be fine.
If you love surfing, there are more than
a few perfects sport for that in New Zealand. So, take your skill level into
consideration, choose your beach, and have no doubt that you’ll have plenty of
Jack Kewell is a writer, science editor, naturalist, entrepreneur. He is focused on writing and illustrating books. Also, he is a regular contributor to Smoothdecorator.
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