Six foot and Glassy

Six foot and Glassy

Whether you’re a seasoned wave-hunter or an excitable grommet, Taranaki’s Surf Highway 45 will have a wave waiting for you.

First things first though – you’ll need the right gear. Dotted around Taranaki are some of the nation’s top surf board shapers, who can kit you out with anything from an authentic 60s Malibu to the latest in high performance designs.

Then it’s time to brush up on local knowledge. For up to the minute conditions and wave advice, a coffee or any last minute supplies, head to one of the Taranaki’s iconic surf shops.

It pays to allow a bit of time to pop in – you’ll find that the shops often double as museums to the region’s long-running surf culture, and chances are you’ll end up having a good yarn about the state of the sport and/or nation.

Surf Highway 45

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From there it’s time to hit the beach – or more likely the road.


Surfers have been making the pilgrimage around Taranaki’s coast for generations, colonising the endless point breaks as they ventured further round.

Legendary waves like Stent Road, the Kumara Patch and the aptly named Rocky Point are supplemented by the likes of Arawhata Road, Mangahume, Back Beach and Fitzroy Beach to offer a wave for almost any wind and swell direction.

From there it’s time to hit the beach – or more likely the road.

Surfers have been making the pilgrimage around Taranaki’s coast for generations, colonising the endless point breaks as they ventured further round.

Legendary waves like Stent Road, the Kumara Patch and the aptly named Rocky Point are supplemented by the likes of Arawhata Road, Mangahume, Back Beach and Fitzroy Beach to offer a wave for almost any wind and swell direction.

Of course, as you drive around Surf Highway 45 you’ll pass other spots that you won’t find in any guidebook – the best approach is to load the car with boards and friends and go exploring, just as the sport’s forefathers did. Chances are you’ll discover the perfect wave, and more of Taranaki.

More than just surf

Surf Highway 45 offers a lot more than great waves. From the cafes that offer both a cozy respite from the coast and local delicacies to replenish those on the dawn patrol to craft shops, arts trails, interwoven with an incredibly rich history this great scenic drive is worth the journey even if you're not inclined to wax up and paddle out.