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Oakura – Surf Highway 45 destination


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Sunset over Oakura Beach, Taranaki, New Zealand Sunset over Oakura Beach, Taranaki, New Zealand

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. Oakura has an interesting art trail, a shipwreck and is satisfying close to the urban heart of New Plymouth for a night on the town.

What to do, highlights

  • 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.



Surf Highway 45 road trip is a great connection to Waikato: Central North Island road trip. Raglan, another surfing mecca invites is another must-go place. Raglan easily connects to premier New Zealand attractions such as Hobbiton  Find out more about Waitomo Caves highlights and what to see and do.

From New Plymouth to Raglan is 263 km to Raglan and the Waikato



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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