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Surfing in late March--should I go north or south island?« on: December 30 2010 13:12:00 »
I'm trying to decide if I should fly into Auckland or christchurch. I'm going to rent a campervan for 14 days, and it seems like a stretch to do both islands. And then on the north island, would I be more inclined to go pacific side or tasman side that time of year? Since I'll be solo, i wouldn't mind surfing with a few people, but I'm also looking for consistent fun waves. Coming from California, I have some decent neoprene. I would appreciate any local thoughts or opinions.
RE: Surfing in late March--should I go north or south island?« Reply #1 on: January 11 2011 20:01:00 »
March is a great time to go surfing in NZ as the southerly swells are just starting up and the waters still pretty warm. Its easy enough to access both sides of the coast if you have wheels so best bet is just to fly into auckland and see where the next swell is hitting. surf.co.nz has some really good forecasting so keep an eye on that. the east coast of the north island has some really good waves from gizzy all the way south to wairarapa, and across the otherside at new plymouth also. if youre heading south from auckland it could be worthwhile stopping in the coromandel for a few days as theres some really good beachies worth checking out there. enjoy hope ya get some good swell