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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

By Chris McLennan

Bethells Beach, Auckland

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By Warrick Mitchell Awarua Guides

New Zealand
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By Aotearoa Surf

New Zealand
Great surfing, New Zealand

By Warrick Mitchell Awarua Guides

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.

For a feast of great waves follow Surf Highway 45 around the Taranaki coast - it curves through 180 degrees, so there's always something happening. Further north is Raglan, which has achieved legendary status thanks to its epic left-hand point break. Other top spots in the North Island - such as Piha, Muriwai, Waipu, Mount Maunganui and Gisborne - are pumping when conditions are right. In the South Island check out Kaikoura and Dunedin.

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