Taranaki's hemispherical coast collects 180 degrees of ocean swells. You can be almost certain that the surf will be pumping between New Plymouth and Hawera.
If you've never learned to ride a wave, join a surf school or try tandem surfing (they guarantee to get you on your feet in the first session or your money back!).
But waves aren't the only reason to follow this touring route - the Taranaki/Egmont National Park is always within reach, with tracks to take you up and around magnificent Mount Taranaki. This region also has an enviable collection of galleries, artists' studios and beautifully manicured gardens.
The spectacular Surf Highway 45 is a windy road and drivers are advised to be familar with driving in New Zealand before embarking on this road trip.
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Oakura is a small coastal town that's best-known among surfers. It's only half an hour's drive from New Plymouth, leaving you plenty of time to experience the waves.
As well as Oakura Beach itself, Ahu Ahu and Weld Road, Komene Beach and the famous Kumera Patch are all within easy reach. Access to Kumera Patch involves a 1 km walk across private land; make sure you ask the farmer for permission before entering the property.
Komene Beach is a great spot for bird-watching; look out for black swans, oystercatchers, ducks, seagulls and black and white stills. This beach is also popular among learner surfers, as the waves are gentle and small at the south end.
While in Oakura, wander along the Oakura Arts Trail and explore artists' studios, jewellers and craft workshops. The Woodleigh gardens are another pleasant diversion.
En la temporada de rododendros, los parques y jardines de New Plymouth son un gran espectáculo. Ponete tus botas de excursionismo y aventurate hacia el monte Taranaki.
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