About 1600 kilometers to the east of the semi-arid Australia lies the lush green and mountainous New Zealand. It is one of the places where you can both ski and surf at the same time of the year. Surrounded by sea on all sides and being exposed to swells from all around, surfing is definitely a more popular sport in New Zealand. So, when you book a holiday in New Zealand, keep ample time in hand for surfing.
About New Zealand
New Zealand is broken into the North Island and the South Island. Since the place has a very rugged topography, the place has its own micro climates. However, the climate generally varies from mildly warm to cold with varying humidity.
You will get plenty of offshore winds in the popular surfing spots. Since the Southern Island sports a slightly colder climate, you will need a 4/3 wetsuit accompanies with gloves to keep you warm. On the Northern Island, a 3/2 wetsuit will do.
New Zealand is also home to a lot of active volcanoes and hot springs. Also, New Zealand experiences frequent earthquakes.
It is important that you know the weather forecast before you go out surfing. Check out the weather before you book your holiday and check which part of New Zealand is getting the best waves. Since New Zealand has such a long coastline, you can get multiple places at once where you can surf. In the North Island, the places that are popular for surfing includes Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Waikato, Taranaki, Northland, Manawatu-Wanganui, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. In the South Island, you have the West Coast, Stewart Island, Otago, Marlborough Tasman, Kaikoura, Christchurch, and Canterbury.
The North Island definitely has more surfing spots. Also, it is the most populated of the two islands. Halfway down the west coast of the North Island is a place called Raglan. It is one of the best surfing spots. Also, the Taranaki Peninsular is a great place to surf if you are not much in the mood to drive much.
Most of the surfing spots in the South Island are in Christchurch. It is also the more popular. If you want to steer clear of other surfers, you can avoid Christchurch and Dunedin in Otago. Both of these are located on the east coasts. Kaikoura is a great place to surf too as you can get a variety of breaks.
Pros And Cons
One of the best things about New Zealand is the consistent waves you will get for surfing. Also, since surfing is a popular sport here, you will get a lot of help from the locals in finding the right spot for surfing no matter where you settle for your holiday. Also, you can leave your surfing gear behind and get new ones there at lower prices. New Zealand is also an uncrowded place. Even if you do not wish to surf, it is a great place to go on a vacation.
The weather can be a bit miserable at times, and you can get rain and snow if you do not go at the right time of the year.