New Zealand is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean, east of Australia and the Tasman Sea, widely admired for its extremely diverse landscapes and unique biodiversity.
The archipelago comprises several small islands and two main landmasses divided by the Cook Strait: South Island, the biggest of all, and the volcanic North Island, where the capital, Wellington, is located.
High mountains, wide plains, glaciers, fiords, subtropical forests, and sandy beaches can all be found in New Zealand, in a total of 268,000 square kilometers of land area.
The coastline is 15,000 kilometers long and very diverse, ranging from long white sand beaches to wilder and jagged or dark sanded waterfronts.
The climate is temperate maritime, with mild temperatures that tend to decrease as you move south.
There are also some sharp local variations in temperature and rainfall due to the topography of the territory.
The average temperatures vary between 16 °C in northern regions and 10 °C in the south. Rainfall frequently occurs all year round, chiefly in the South Island.
The archipelago is under the influence of strong westerly winds.
New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world for surfing.
You can find exotic surf breaks almost anywhere because New Zealand is exposed to swell from all sides of the compass.
The most famous Kiwi wave is definitely Raglan, a perfect and long left-hander that is usually crowded.
The North Island, where Raglan is located, is actually the best region for surfers.
Near Stratford/New Plymouth, in Taranaki, you'll discover incredible spots for all tastes.
Waitara Bar, Waiwakaiho, Fitzroy Beach, Back Beach, Oakura, Ahu Ahu, Punihos, Komerne Road, Paora Road, Stent Road, Weld Road, Opunake, Desperation Point, Mangahume, and Green Meadows are the breaks to explore on the Western coast.
Mahia Peninsula, on the opposite shore, offers regular offshore winds and consistent rides. Reef breaks, point breaks, and beach breaks are everywhere.
Black's Beach, Rolling Stones, Railways, Opoutama, Mahia Reef, Diners Beach, Boat Harbour, Te Kapu, Mahia Spit, Mahunga Beach, Mahunga Point, and Last Chance will greet you.
Take an in-depth look at the best surf spots in New Zealand.