Living in Bondi, a very busy area, you really appreciate the quiet of New Zealand. Most surfing destinations these days are pretty full on, Bali is choccas, Hawaii – busy with pros, Byron – loaded…you have to go pretty far to get solitude, normally, but in N-Zed you can drive to Muriwai Beach (40 mins from Auckland) and 4WD up a deserted beach with hundreds of peaks, pick one, and pretty much surf it on your own. True. Too Meke! Just make sure you are hitting it on the incoming tide or it will be 1 foot. Amazing what a dramatic incoming tide can do in a short period of time.
Also, before flying over, I thought the water temperature in N-Zed was freezing. Quiky kindly kitted me out with a 5mm/4mm which just ain’t required. It’s around 18 degrees in the water here – so a 3mm/2mm is fine. Ok, maybe go down south to Dunedin and it’s a different story…but the North Island is pretty close to Sydney’s temps, in and out of the water.
Other random observations : It’s so green here it looks fluoro. In a 2 hour drive we stop the car 12 times to shoot pictures. Everyone is your cousin, yeah Cuzi. The people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. New Zealanders make good beer. Stokke Gold is a winner followed by Mac’s Gold. “Too Meke” means “Too Much bro…too much”…A Maori/Aussie mix is a “Mozzie”. They reckon I’m one. You can surf here every day at this time of year, you just may need to drive across the island depending on swell direction, period and winds (as the Kiwis say the “Wunds”). They also speak real funny here, but then again, they think I speak funny.
Sweet as…:: uge