North Island Tasman

The North Island is one of New Zealand's main islands. Even though it is only slightly separated from the South Island, roughly 77% of New Zealand's population call it home. For many people, the North Island conjures images of family holidays, frolicking in the sun and the beautiful bays. The beaches have a special magnetic force drawing people in, and there are many different types to choose from. There's the quiet and sheltered, the busy and bustling, large or small, or those completely surf orientated.

Weather in North Island Tasman

New Zealand has a mild and pleasant climate with an average temperate of 10°C in the South and 16°C in the North. Sitting straight in the path of the Roaring Forties, New Zealand is freshened by the cool winds from the Tasman Sea.

Weather conditions can vary quite sharply across regions, from extremely wet on the South Island to subtropical in the very North. The Southern Alps and volcanos on the North Island act as a barrier from these moist winds keeping the east coast dry and creating a wet climate on the west. This is more pronounced on the South Island, as the northern volcanos aren't as large as the Alps.

If you are looking for outdoor adventures then the warmer months (November to April) are for you. Summer is the time of the food and wine festivals and all the large sporting events.

However, if it's the open slopes and powder runs you're after then head there between June and August. The snow season is generally from June to early October on the South Island and if you're lucky it may snow on the North Island.

North Island Tasman

Piha

Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Right/Left
Surf Type:
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jun - Sep
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Lion Rock seperates the swimmers from the surfers so there's always freedom to do your thing. If you need cooling down from the inside out the local shop supplies some of the best ice-cream you'll find in the world.

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North Island Tasman

Raglan

Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Left
Surf Type:
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jun - Sep
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Raglan is arguably the most famous wave in New Zealand and probably is the main reason you want to travel there. It is actually made up of three separate points, Indicators, Whale and Manu Point.

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North Island Tasman

Shipwreck Bay

Surf Skill:
3
Break:
Left
Surf Type:
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jun - Sep
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Shipwreck Bay is hands down one of the best waves in New Zealand. It even featured in the sixties classic surf movie, Endless Summer.

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