Just before the town of Manaia, you'll reach Kaupokonui Beach, another good surf spot and family-friendly beach. Manaia is home to Yarrows Bakery, a mainstay of the Taranaki food-producer scene. Pop into the bakery sale shop and grab yourself a sweet or savoury bargain. Then head over to Ohawe, the most popular beach in South Taranaki.
From here, it's another 10 minutes and you're in Hāwera, the end of your Surf Highway 45 journey. Take some time to explore the town with a visit to the iconic Hāwera Water Tower and climb the 215 stairs. Visit the awe-inspiring Tawhiti Museum and be amazed at the intricate detail of the miniature displays and the Traders and Whalers(opens in new window) experience a hauntingly realistic underground boat ride that takes you back to 1800's Taranaki.
If you haven't yet had a chance to visit Taranaki Maunga, it's within an hour's drive. Or on your way back through to New Plymouth, detour to the Normanby Dam on the Waingongoro River to do a spot of dam dropping.