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Surf Highway 45: Tarankai things to do

Why travel the surf highway

Ahu Ahu beach surfing @Jeff Sutton Ahu Ahu beach surfing @Jeff Sutton

Action, wetsuits and skill are on display for the non-surfer and surfer alike. The road has a laid back beachy vibe with a lick of town sophistication New Plymouth style. The perfect combination of town, country and beach is appealing to all holiday makers. Surfers will know all about Kumera Patch, Stent Rd and Rocky Point yet stop for a coffee, check the quirky and unusual and enjoy the highway.


Ahu Ahu beach surf is a 3 km detour, look for the nearby wreck of the SS Gairloch, a rusted skeleton of the ship that foundered on Timaru Reef in 1903. Great photo moment, rusting wreck, sunset and the isolated beach.

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