The surf forecast is in, and it’s definitely the season for some surfing! New Zealand is no stranger to surfing hot spots and there’s a few that you need to check out ASAP. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s a wave for every skill set! Here’s where you can catch the perfect set.
Ngarunui (Ocean) Beach
One of New Zealand’s most famous surfing locations, the waves here are calm and gentle at the front, getting wilder as you head out back. This makes it the best spot for the beginners as well as those looking for an easy session for the day.
Literally anywhere along the coastline! Aussie surf legend Joel Parkinson recommends Stent Road!
Just a short drive from Ngarunui Beach is Whale Bay, a place where the waves are louder and the rides are longer. Littered with rocks and reef, the breaks occur a little more frequently here, making the waves a blast to pass through.
Did someone say the birthplace of surfing in New Zealand? Some of the best beach breaks are found here, and because they’re so solid, it’s regarded as one of the best surfing locations. Keep an eye out for the two massive rock formations that resemble a lion and camel in the waters!
Grab your surf board and let’s go! With plenty of beach breaks, the sets at Whangapoua are exciting and unpredictable. The only thing you’ll have to look out for are the rips and rocks in between.
Tip: Head out when the wind direction is from the south-west.
Fast rides and steep drops await you at Kahutara Beach in Kaikoura, with surf breaks close to the shore, there’s always plenty of barrels on offer! The waves here are a bit tricky, so make sure you’re confident with your skills before you attempt them!