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If surfing is your passion, you'll love New Zealand. You're always close to the sea, and chances are, there's a great surf break not far along the coast.

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Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty


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Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand., New Zealand

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Bethells Beach, Auckland

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Great surfing, New Zealand

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Surfing Vacation in New Zealand


With an astonishing 15,000 kilometres of coastline featuring a variety of breaks, waves, points and reefs, it’s no wonder New Zealand is a world-class surfing destination.

It’s as though nature designed the New Zealand coastline with surfers in mind. Tiny coves, long sandy beaches and sandbars and reefs - the diversity and consistency of surfing conditions here is as remarkable as the stunning coastline itself.

If you've thought about learning to surf, but never found the time, a New Zealand holiday is your perfect opportunity. Sign up for lessons at one of our surf schools and you'll arrive back home with a whole new set of skills.

If you already know how to surf, there are beach, reef, point and river-mouth breaks that will keep you busy for hours.

Surfing is a great way to add to your New Zealand vacation experience and a wonderful way to meet local New Zealander’s. Respecting the local’s connection with their favourite surf locations may even result in some valuable local knowledge. Lessons and board hire, custom surf tours and heli tours are all available at main surfing spots from Northland to Southland.

Those searching for particular surf breaks will also find magnificent coastal views, and isolated beaches with marine wildlife occasionally sharing the excitement of the waves. Alternatively join a surf tour and benefit from the expertise of guides and coaches.

Surfers arriving from overseas are amazed at the surfing opportunities - the combination of a small country that’s easy to get around and the lengthy coastline means it’s surprisingly easy to find the exact conditions you want to surf on a particular day. This explains why international surf legends like Andy Irons, Sunny Garcia, Mark Ochilupo, and Joel Parkinson all came to compete against New Zealand’s best at the renowned west coast beaches of Raglan and Piha.

In some places you can jump easily from the west to the east coast (and vice-versa) to make the most of the conditions. You can even choose northern sub-tropical or southern sub-Antarctic waters and everything in between.

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