Surf New Zealand - Quick Facts
CURRENCY: New Zealand Dollar
Ok, we know that the nationality of New Zealanders is not Kiwifruit - so no emails please.
New Zealand is a beautiful county, and one that's been a popular tourist destination for many many years. It has become well known for an extreme sports capital, and all sorts of adrenaline sports spring to mind when NZ is mentioned. Queenstown is like a magnet for young thrill seekers, skiiers and snowboarders.
The North Island is home to the largest population and houses the capital city Wellington
New Zealand's largest city Auckland
The North Island is also a little warmer, both in and out of the water and in the summer you might get away with just your boardshorts
The largest city on the South Island
Earthquakes are a regular occurrence, and the country has a number of active Volcanos, hot springs and other thermal activity. The South Island recently suffered a large earthquake (and subsequent aftershock 13 minutes after the first quake) which resulted in 185 fatalaties and devistated much of central Christchurch.
New Zealand Surf Spot Map
Now on with the surf info. New Zealand is made up of two main islands, the North Island and South Island. The main source of swell for both is from the low pressure systems of the
roaring forties but New Zealand is fortunate to pick up swell from just about anywhere. Waves can be generated from the south, the west from the Tasman Sea, north from cyclone
systems and east from depressions. This makes New Zealand a great place to be a surfer. Tie that up with the fact that there are a large number of surf spots, relatively few
surfers and quality waves. There are conditions and wave sizes to keep any surfer happy.
The North Island has New Zealand's best known surf spot - Raglan
. Half way down
the west coast you can find a superb left hand point that seems to go on forever. Real quality - a must see on an NZ surf trip. If you want lots of quality spots and do not
want to do much driving then head to the Taranaki Peninsular
Lots of great waves and you can find the ideal wind conditions just by driving round 180° along the coast road - Surf Highway 45.
The South Island is cold and can get bitter in the winter. The quality empty surf more than makes up for the temperature. The main concentration of surfers on the South Island are based in and
and Dunedin in Otago
on the east coast. Steer clear of these and you'll have the place to yourself. Top spots on the South Island are the variety of breaks around Dunedin and the powerful reefs and points of Kaikoura
New Zealand is a great place for a surf trip because you have so many options. You can find yourself out on your own in quality surf with a couple of mates, a beautiful snowy backdrop and only the sheep watching. Do yourself a favour and book an air ticket today.
Surfing New Zealand - The Good
Lots of great surf spots
Surf in the Morning. Snowboard in the Afternoon
Surf New Zealand - The Bad and the Ugly
Cold Winter Water Temps
New Zealand Surfing Conditions
New Zealand Swell Size
and New Zealand Water Temperature
If you have information on surfing either the North or South Islands of New Zealand, we'd love to know. Tell us how good or bad your surf trip was by updating the map or posting over on the surf travel forum
Here's the official website for New Zealand
which has plenty of information on what to see and do while you're there.