Surfing in New Zealand - Surf Camps, Surf Schools and Accommodation
Kia Ora – Welcome to New Zealand. Originally inhabited by the Maori and known then and now as the “land of the long white cloud” Its inhabitants are known as “Kiwis “. New Zealand consists of a north and south islands, quite large in size, as well as a number of smaller islands. The largest section of the population lives in the north island.
The south island is considerably more mountainous with breathtaking fjords and mountain landscapes. This is the home of the Southern Alps, with summits up to 3,800 metres high. In contrast, the north island with its large numbers of fern woods is semitropical.
New Zealand is also the land of sheep! They can be found all over the islands and even outnumber the human inhabitants! This country is a true paradise for the outdoor life. Thanks to the mild climate enjoying the natural surroundings is a real joy.
For surfers New Zealand is full of choice, as – in spite of 1500 kilometres of coastline - the sea can be reached within less than 130 kilometres journey from any point in the country.
The climate on the north island is semitropical, but apart from that, temperate conditions dominate New Zealand.
Because of trade winds and mountain chains that block the humidity in the middle of both main islands, the climate is quite humid in the west and much drier in the east.
Wintertime in New Zealand is cold and humid, and particularly on the south island where snowfall is possible.
Numerous beach-and reef breaks line the coast of New Zealand, which is accessible within 130 kilometres from every point. So you can be very flexible and it takes only a couple of hours to travel coast to coast if conditions dictate.
The west coast of New Zealand can be quite rough because storms and waves come from the southwest. The east can also profit from waves generated by cyclones. This is the best time for waves, on the east coast, is the cyclone season.
Best season for beginners: From September to May
Best season for advanced surfers: All year round
Crowds: Lots of people during summer months
People usually use airlines to reach New Zealand, but travellers with more time on their hands can also get there by ship.
Most international connections arrive at the Auckland International Airport (AKL) on North Island. The Christchurch International Airport (CHC) on South island is the second largest airport in New Zealand. In addition to that, the Wellington International Airport (WLG) also offers connections to Australia; however, it does not play a significant role in international air traffic.
Once there, travelling by bus is a good option. If you’re heading to New Zealand exclusively for surfing you should definitely hire a car or camper, allowing you far more freedom to explore the coastlines. Ferries operate between the islands.