Things to do in New Zealand
To ensure that your New Zealand Experience is as memorable as possible, even when you are not surfing, most travel companies provide a wide range of equipment to keep you entertained at all times. This includes: Fishing rods, Skateboards and Diving gear (snorkeling).
New Zealand has a well-deserved reputation as the adventure tourism capital of the world. There is a huge amount of different activities you can participate in, some of which include: Bungy Jumping, White Water Rafting, Shark Cage Diving, Jet Boating
If none of the previous activities interest you, plenty of other more traditional activities exist for you to partake in. These include: Golf - New Zealand has some of the most spectacular courses in the world; Sightseeing - New Zealand's scenery and history provide a endless list of things to see and do; Partying - New Zealanders are renowned for their approach to life and desire to enjoy every moment. There are always good times to be had at the local pub if you so desire.
Each tour is equipped with the latest mobile Internet technologies so at all times they know exactly what the wind and waves are doing so they can take you there!
When you are in New Zealand on a surfing tour, why not get someone to film the experience. If you find the right company, they usually provide the opportunity to purchase a video of their New Zealand vacation. This will include the best moments of the trip with the majority obviously being surfing! All videos are professionally created, with soundtracks and effects. These are available for $NZ200 per surfer.
In addition to top video footage, surf photos (as well as general trip photos) will also be available to tour members. These can be purchased at the end of the tour from your guide.
With over 15,000km's of amazing coastline, New Zealand enjoys a huge variety of waves, including perfect points, great beaches, powerful island waves as well as countless barreling reef breaks. 90% of the breaks you come across will be uncrowded, and even if there are a few others out, it will almost always be extremely relaxed with no hassling. Due to the unique shape of both islands, if it is onshore or flat on one side, in no time at all you can be enjoying perfect waves on the other!
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New Zealand 's weather is another reason to choose this country as your next surf destination. In summer, often the temperature reaches over 30 degrees (Celcius). In terms of water temperature, this means that often you will be able to surf the North Island spots in boardshorts, although a light springsuit is usually recommended. In winter, the water still remains ok in the North of the North Island , but a steamer is needed for almost everywhere from May through to September. Winter also brings with it endless swells as well as snow for some of the best snow boarding in the world!
A further advantage of surfing in New Zealand , is the ability to surf and snowboard in the same day! It is totally feasible to snowboard all morning, then do the short drive to the coast for an afternoon of surfing!
The West Coast of the North Island is renowned for its consistency and power. It is very rarely flat and has excellent breaks from the Far North right down to Taranaki. Raglan is widely recognized as one of the best left handers in the world, offering ridiculously long rides that are virtually unrivalled anywhere. Taranaki has a wealth of excellent surf spots all throughout the region. This stretch of coast includes Stent Road as well as an incredible amount of other beach breaks and points.
The East Coast of the North Island provides generally smaller, cleaner and more perfect waves that the West, but thats not to say that it doesn't get big or powerful. The Coromandel is one of the most scenic areas in the world and has the waves to match, including the legendary Whangamata Bar. Gisborne is the surf capital of New Zealand , with consistent waves of every variety to suit all ability levels.
New Zealand's South Island, one of the most spectacular regions of the world, plays host to many of New Zealands best breaks from the perfection of Kaikoura to the wave rich Otago peninsular. The South Island mountains also offer some of the best snow to be found anywhere!
Activities: Manapouri - Te Anau - Fiordland
Hiking: Whether a leisurely nature walk or a full day hike, Fiordland has trails to suit all levels of fitness. Tracks in the area include the: Routeburn, Caples, Greenstone, Hollyford, Kepler and Milford Track. For more on hiking, please click here.
Bird Park & Visitor Centre: Historical displays, slide show and bird park. See the rare and endangered Takahe.
Trips & Tramps: Small group tours to Milford Sound, Milford Track and cruise options. Max 12 people, comfortable coaches with stops for pictures, short hikes and bird viewing along the way. Trips and Tramps
Golf: A scenic 18 hole golf course just 15 min drive from the lodge. Inexpensive visitor fees, new golf clubs - men & women's available.
Guided Hiking: Guided hiking trips. Upland Journeys
Nature cruisesEcology Holidays: One to ten day voyages aboard 'Breaksea Girl' a 65ft motor yacht. Research trips to the subantarctic, previous passengers: Jacques Cousteau, David Bellamy and National Geographic. EcoTrips
Scuba Diving: Milford Sound, scuba diving trips. Tawaki Dive
Sinbad Yacht: Sunset cruises on Lake Te Anau aboard 'The Manuska.' This beautiful wooden ship hand built by the skipper/crew. Sinbad Yacht
Helicopter or Float Plane: Fly above Milford and Doubtful Sound for a bird's eye view of this dramatic scenery. Helicopter - - Float Plane
Southland: The route south of Fiordland traverses rugged coastline to Invercargill, The Catlins and Dunedin. Southern Scenic Route: Map