New Zealand

The Peak at Piha, New Zealand

Piha Eco Sanctuary

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Surf Skill

Learning - Advanced

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Mid-Range

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Picture yourself just surfing, discovering New Zealand coastline, eating organic food, detoxing your body and recharging your batteries, while you stay at a lovely boutique retreat.
MojoSurf Tours - NZ

MojoSurf Tours - NZ

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Surf Skill

Beginner - Learning

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Budget Surf Trip

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Per person

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Learn to surf in New Zealand. Stay in one of their surf camps, meet lots of young and fun people and discover beautiful New Zealand beaches.
      Sling Adventures surf van

Sling Surf Van Rentals

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Surf Skill

Beginner - Pro

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Mid-Range

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Sling Surf Vans provide a unique way to travel New Zealand with all your surf gear in comfort and style. When you hire a Sling camper van, you are equipped with everything you will need for a New Zealand surf trip, including; a wide range of surf 
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New Zealand Surfing Adventures

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Surf Skill

Learning - Pro

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Mid-Range

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Ultimate surf adventures around New Zealand's wave-rich coasts. Escape the crowds and chase waves with your experienced surf guides, and often only seagulls as a company.

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The winterless North Island as it’s more commonly known is an epic surf destination where board shorts can be worn in the summer months. It is a great set up, as the east and west coasts are only 15 minutes apart, so you double your chance of scoring waves. If the Pacific coast is flat and onshore, you can jump in one of NZ Surfing Adventures 4WDs and no doubt surf offshore waves on one of the coasts.

The North Island is home to Raglan and its three excellent left hand point breaks that peel mechanically over volcanic reef and boulders.

Raglan is remarkably consistent with a large headland allowing large southwest swells to wrap 90 degrees and is offshore in the prevailing southwesterly winds.

Nick Towner, NZ Surfing Adventures owner/surf guide has over 15 years experience in surf travel. Nick will take you to Raglan, Piha, The Gisborne,Taranaki or Fiordland regions and beyond.

Where to stay

NZ Surfing Adventures is a reflection of owner Nick Towner’s passion for surf adventure. He has over 15 years experience in surf travel both on the North and South Islands. Nick’s intimate knowledge of both surf and weather conditions alongside his qualifications in surf instruction make him the perfect person to guide you on your adventure in beautiful New Zealand.

If you are a learner and want to meet new people and party a bit, join Mojo Surf Tours - fully guided bus and surf camp adventure and you will explore remote beaches in search of good times and fun waves. Experience summer beach parties, meet new friends, relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

Sling Surf Vans provide a unique way to travel New Zealand - jump on your rental van and let the pre-loaded GPS guide you to various spots. Just you and your mates, driving around the country in search for that remote empty wave and those unforgettable memories of NZ road trip.

Piha Eco Sanctuary is a surf and wellbeing retreat that is run by owners of NZ Surfing Adventures. Located in Piha, famous surf spot. You can elect to come for a weekend for a weekend recharge retreat, do a 5-day cleanse and renew - or stay longer and enjoy organic food, massages, exercise and daily meditation and sunrise walks - what better place to recharge your body and soul than NZ.

New Zealand is nice and exposed to swells from every direction. You will require a car, 4WD or a van to maximize your surfing time.

New Zealand is made up of two main islands, the North Island and South Island. The North Island has the largest population, the capital city - Wellington, and the largest city – Auckland.

The North Island has NZ’s best-known surf spot – Raglan. It is half way down the west coast and is a consistent, high performance left point that breaks forever. The west coast is the most consistent side of the island, as the majority of swells roll in from the W-SW.

The east coast receives fewer swells, but enjoys predominantly offshore winds. It is only around six hours driving time between east and west coasts.

The South Island has plenty of quality, empty surf set ups, but the air and water temperature is much colder. The main surf regions on the South Island are in and around Christchurch and Dunedin on the east coast. Top spots on the south Island are the variety of breaks around Dunedin and the powerful points and reefs of Kaikura.

 

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North Island

  • Shipwreck Bay - One of the best left hand point breaks in the world. A naturally occuring reverse superbank. This spot was the star in Bruce Brown's epic 'endless summer'. Shippies works by wrapping a solid SW swell around the headland so whilst it's rarely flat, it can be small but ideally suited to a longboard.
  • Piha - Piha is northwest of Auckland and is the birth place of surfing in NZ. Morphing sand bars assist in creating a very reliable left hander. Lion Rock offers left and right options with backwash vectors from the rocks creating interesting scenarios. Some great beach breaks on the right day to the north of Lion Rock right up the beach.  Best at around 3-6 ft.
  • Whangamata Bar - The Whangamata Bar at the northern end of the beach is the main spot, producing a long peeling, left hand, sand bar beach break with north-easterly swells on an incoming tide. If the bar is crowded or the tidal flow is too hectic, you can simply move down the beach.
  • Indicators (Raglan) - A difficult paddle on a big day, best done from the relative safety of Whale Bay or the headland to the east of it. Indicators is the main break but depending on the size of the swell, another 3 spots can be found along this inlet.
  • Manu Bay (Raglan) - Manu Bay is a medium length left hander that ramps along a rocky point, nice longboarding wave.
  • Stent Road - One of the better right handers near Taranaki. A great wave easily accessible from the road. Stent Road can handle true size. The takeoff can be a little hairy and the wave will either bowl or fatten out before reeling into a long wall section.
  • Wainui Beach - Wainui Beach about 6 kms from Gisborne is the great spot for surfers of all levels . The best waves are found off the southern reefs , offering superb right and left breaks. The Island 1 km before Wainui has Gisborne’s longest tubes. There are two left hand reef breaks which work in big southerly swells.

South Island

  • Kaikoura - Kaikoura is a popular surfing destination, with quality reef breaks; left and right hand point breaks; and beach breaks all up and down the coast.  A couple of national compititions are held here every year. The main breaks here are Mangamanu and Meatworks.
  • Papatowai - NZ's premier big wave location. Not for the faint hearted, needs about 10ft+ to break and big, raw southerly swells from Antarctica bring freezing waters.