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Surf Highway 45: Taranaki Things to Do on West Coast Road Trip

Are you ready for fun? Gravel roads lead to quiet beaches where the pounding surf is a place of joy. Surf Highway 45 runs parallel to the sea with small towns offering entertainment away from the beach. Together with the myriad attractions of Taranaki and its regional centre New Plymouth the road trip is a year round treat for the dedicated surfer to wander.

Trip Overview


Duration: 1 night, 2 days
Start New Plymouth/Hawera
Finish Hawera/New Plymouth

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21 and counting

Nearest Airport
New Plymouth (domestic)
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Surf Highway 45 Top Sights

 

  • Consistent year round surfing conditions
  • Plenty to do and see regardless of weather conditions
  • Small hospitable towns guardians of beach culture
  • You are never far from the next break
  • The pounding ocean is always in the rear window
  • Lots of activities for non-surfers
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It is very distracting with a ridiculously beautiful Mt Taranaki providing endless photographic moments. Give in, draw into the next lookout point and enjoy the sight of clouds fluttering over the mountain peak, the full glory or the misted beauty hidden in the clouds.

 

INTERESTING FACT

Surf magic starts with Mt Taranaki as a key ingredient in blocking or funnelling wind creating atmospheric pressure on the ocean. The Taranaki peninsula adds to the mix creating the land of offshores and a consistent swell inviting surfers to sample the beaches strung along the surf highway.

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New Plymouth to Raglan is 263 km, to Raglan and the Waikato.

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Pick up rental car in Hamilton and enjoy a round trip exploring Taranaki and Waikato highlights. Hamilton Airport is a great hub for vehicle rentals.

 

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Surfers will want to stop at Stent Road with the reputation of a consistent right-hand wave over a shallow reef. Other nearby surf spots include Green Meadows, Arawhata Road, Dumps and Mungas.

 

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Take a selfie of Stent Road’s signage. A massive boulder, daubed with bright orange paint on a rural side road indicating direction.

 

The Surf Highway, Taranaki New Zealand while it is action and wetsuits there is plenty of things to do for non-surfers. New Plymouth with its cultural offering (Len Lye Centre) outstanding gardens and festivals is a drawcard. Surf Highway 45, the nearby Taranaki towns, country and beach is appealing to all holiday makers. Check the quirky and unusual and enjoy the highway. 

 

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Make sure you have the ultimate holiday selfie a snap of the beautiful symmetrical volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki.

MT TARANAKI LOCATION

One of the world’s beautiful mountains, Taranaki, New Zealand.

GETTING THERE: SURF HIGHWAY 45 TARANAKI

  • New Plymouth is around four and a half hours drive from Auckland, with a coastal highlight the rugged west coast surf beaches on State Highway 3.
  • From Wellington your travel is via Whanganui with its river and arty crafty character.
  • Air New Zealand has direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to New Plymouth

Here are some more reasons to travel to New Plymouth, Taranaki and Surf Highway. Check out the charms of Hawera, Etham, Inglewood, and Patea for where to go and what to do.

 

 

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