With more than 15,000km (9,321mi) of coastline to choose from, New Zealand is a surfer’s dream. Christchurch on the South Island has many epic surf spots to choose from, but they’re not for the faint-hearted.
One of Christchurch’s longest beaches, New Brighton is a popular spot for watersports and is home to the South New Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club. Just 10km (6mi) from the Christchurch city centre, New Brighton Beach has a long pier and can get pretty busy on summer days. The beach is good for beginner to intermediate surfers, and you can get ocean views from all angles in the properties that stretch along New Brighton Beach. A great selection of them are available on Airbnb, from romantic two-bed apartments to eight-bed beach houses. There’s a place for you regardless of how many surf buddies you bring.
Another treasure in the Banks Peninsula is Hickory Bay. Just 92km (57mi) from Christchurch city, this sweet surf spot is next to a massive cliff face. The beach faces due east and is at the end of the peninsula. This bay gets waves from the south right around to the northeast. It features a sandy bottom and usually has great banks providing peaks along the beach. Once you’re all surfed out, you can return home and enjoy stunning vistas from a wide range of properties available to rent on Airbnb. Cute surf huts meet luxury cottages in this idyllic spot at the end of the Banks Peninsula.
A 69km (43mi) drive from Christchurch, Magnet Bay is one of several bays around the Banks Peninsula famous for its left-hand point break. The adventure begins before you even hit the board. Getting into the water can be a challenge because of the sharp boulders. The best time to hit the waves is at low to mid-tide. Look out for seals and light a fire after your surf to warm up in one of the caves. Magnet Bay is a haven for the more experienced surfer, and the experienced surfer never wants to be too far from the sea. Regardless of your accommodation needs – whether you need space for 10 or just a room for you and your board – Magnet Bay has plenty of options within walking distance of the waves.