It’s no secret that New Zealand has some of the world’s best surf beaches – from the sweeping black sands of Raglan to the crashing waves of Mount Maunganui and the natural waves of the ‘Naki, surfers will delight here. Grab your surfboards, get ready for a great Kiwi road trip and enjoy the Family Parks accommodation and fabulous Kiwi hospitality along the way!
A favourite of surfers and holiday makers alike. Most parts of the Bay of Plenty ocean beaches are great for surfing, depending on the tides, with The Mount at the top of the list. Surfboards are part of the outdoor décor here. Wary bodies will enjoy recharging at Cosy Corner Holiday Park, which is also conveniently located only 80m from The Mount’s white sand beaches.
Internationally-renowned for its black sandy beaches and longest left-hand surf break in the world, Raglan (or Whaingaroa, its traditional name) is one of the ‘must stop’ destinations for surfers from throughout the country and the world. Add to that the relaxed bohemian edge in the township, an events calendar full of concerts and festivals, and some of the freshest and best fish and chips in the country, it makes Raglan an ideal surf stop!
Every keen surfer in New Zealand has either surfed in Taranaki, or wants to. Base yourself at the conveniently located Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park before beginning your surfing adventure around the ‘Naki. With the local main highway aptly renamed “Surf Highway 45”, it’s a testament to the many surfing spots dotted down the coastal road. Some of the best include Ahu, a popular spot that can get busy in summer but definitely worth the crowds; Kumera Patch, renowned as the best left-hand break in the region; Stent Road, a hidden gem, and worth a Google search; and don’t miss Graveyards, which despite its name, is a must-visit.
Visitors to the Kaikoura coast are spoilt for choice when it comes to surf beaches, however the renowned surfing spot of Kahutara is booming in popularity. Despite a large earthquake a few years back, that altered so much of the coastline around Kaikoura, Kahutara stayed relatively untouched. And best yet, it’s never crowded! Just over 90 minutes from Kahutara is Alpine Adventure Holiday Park in picturesque Hamner Springs – make sure you relax in the natural geothermal hot pools and explore the township before continuing on your road trip.
THE WILD WEST COAST
The West Coast of the South Island is as wild as its name! Don’t miss the unique and spectacular scenery on the coast as you head to Westport. Carters Beach and North Beach are the local favourites for a good ride, and cater for surfers of all abilities. Enjoy the stunning coastal drive before you settle into your accommodation at Hokitika Holiday Park and enjoy a cold beverage and relax while you enjoy cooking up a feast on one of the park’s many BBQ facilities.
Overall, you could call New Zealand one big surfing mecca – a combination of pristine and rugged coastlines, great breaks aplenty dotted around the country, and friendly local surfers to point out the best rides. So zip up your wetsuit, book your Family Parks accommodation now and get cracking!