Not only does New Zealand have beautiful coastlines, deep-blue waters, and many natural landmarks, but it also a prime location for windsurfing at all skill levels. Regardless of whether you prefer calm inland waters or rolling waves, New Zealand has a wide selection of spots for whatever you want out of windsurfing. Here is our list of where to windsurf in New Zealand:
The North Island of New Zealand
Most of the great windsurfing spots are on the North Island of New Zealand.
If you’re looking for a place to windsurf during the winter months, I would suggest Wellington right off the bat. With many windsurfing associations, schools, and shops there, it has an excellent windsurfing community. The windiest times are between October and February and you need a wetsuit for these waters because they are cold. This location is for all windsurfing skill levels.
The region around the city of Auckland is popular among windsurfers for its large harbor and strong winds. There are also many windsurfing shops where you can rent out boards relatively inexpensively along with plenty of windsurfing schools. Another prime location on the North Island is a little-known spot called Paekakariki about 20 minutes north of Wellington and has been the hot spot for windsurfers as of late. Scenically beautiful, I suggest you check it out for yourself!
Many windsurfers have told me they have taken beginner windsurfing lessons at the island of Waiheke and said they picked up the sport quickly. Tauranga’s inner harbor is another area which has great conditions for windsurfers of all skill levels.
The South Island of New Zealand
The South Island of New Zealand also boasts some exceptional windsurfing spots. For example, Christchurch’s many coasts are a common location for windsurfers around the world. Christchurch also has the largest windsurfing community in all of South Island. Dunedin also provides windsurfers with nice winds and a scenic location further down south of Christchurch. If you’re a daredevil, check out windsurfing in Invercargil and around Stewart Island. This is the southernmost part of New Zealand with some of the strongest winds in the entire country.
If you want a robust guide on all the many windsurfing spots in New Zealand, what they offer, and prime windsurfing locations for the winter seasons, I suggest you check out Windsurf New Zealand. Their website’s map includes all the windsurfing locations the entire country and is an excellent resource for all windsurfers interested in riding in New Zealand’s beautiful waters. In addition to where to windsurf in New Zealand, there also many places to explore in nearby Australia.