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Surf Highway 45: Tarankai things to do


@Oakura Village Taranaki @Oakura Village Taranaki

One of the world’s biggest surfboards graces the entrance to Vertigo surf shop and sets the laid back beach vibe for a summer favourite destination in Taranaki. Hire a board from Vertigo and hit the beach, the waves and buy a burger from one of the many pop up foodie trucks in town. The town has an interesting art trail, a shipwreck and is satisfying close to the urban heart of New Plymouth for a night on the town.


  • Low tide walk to the Timaru Reef (rocks near Weld Road surf break) and wonder about the fate of SS Gairloch crew as you view the rusting, twisted frame of the wrecked ship.
  • Learn, practice or show off your surfing crediants on the iron sand beach of Oakura
  • Estuary paddling for kids in the Oakura River
  • Wander along the Oakura Arts Trail and explore artists’ studios, jewellers and craft workshops.
  • Find a mosaic sofa and take a selfie.

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