Travel Tips

Getting to Taranaki

International visitors should enter the country through one of the north island international airports. The main ones are Auckland and Wellington though Hamilton has a couple of flights a day also.

From any of these locations rental cars can be obtained, then its time to hit the road and head for the ‘Naki’. Most rentals come with road maps and all the highways are well sign posted.

Remember we drive on left and watch out for stray sheep, they tend to make a mess if you hit them.

map_getting_thereDriving to Taranaki

From Auckland 4.5 hr drive
You’ll get on the motorway and head south on State Highway 1, switch to State Highway 3 at Hamilton and take it all the way to New Plymouth. From there its a short 10-15min drive on Surf Highway 45 to Oakura.

From Hamilton 3.5 hr drive
Take State Highway 3 from Hamilton all the way to New Plymouth. From there its a short 10-15min drive on Surf Highway 45 to Oakura.
From Wellington 4 hr drive
Take the motorway and head North on State Highway 1. At a small town called Bulls you’ll switch to State Highway 3, after a few hrs you’ll reach a town called Hawera where you’ll take Surf Highway 45 and end up in Oakura.

Flying to Taranaki

If you don’t have the time but do have the money, then you can always catch a connecting flight directly to New Plymouth.

Air New Zealand.
Flies to and from Auckland and Wellington (to New Plymouth) regularly.



The sailing in Taranaki comes from winds generated from weather systems in the Tasman sea and Pacific Ocean. This makes it hard to predict what the weather and wind strengths will be in October. Spring is typically a windy time of year. In general sailing most people use sail sizes 5.3 down to 4.2 and boards around 78l. If you are using only one board then you will need a board that can be used in light winds.

In October the air has started to warm up but the water still has a winter chill. Mount Taranaki can still have snow so you will need warm clothes.

Below is a guide for overseas visitor coming to the Taranaki Wave Classic.

What to expect weather wise: Air temp Overnight low 7, daytime high 22 C | Water Temp – 15 -174 Seasons in one day
Overseas Check list
  • A wave board that will float you in light winds
  • 4.0 to 5.3 – Majority of sailing done on 5.1 or 4.7
  • 4/3 steamer wetsuit or Good quality 3/2 steamer.
  • Warm Jacket
Other toys
  • Surfboard
  • SUP
  • Fishing gear
  • Golf Clubs


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