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Taranaki is renowned for wavesailing conditions comparable to Hawaii (if a little colder). Close by is Mt Taranaki (Egmont) which can be skiied on in winter or climbed in summer to escape the heat. There are also walks along the mountain river or gardens to visit on windless days - or mountain biking expeditions to wherever.Best thing to do is contact the local Sirocco windsurfing manufacturers/shop for best place to go on the day. Excellent wave-sailing location located on the West Coast of the North Island. The three main locations are: Weld Rd, Pungarehu, and Kina Rd. Weld Rd works best in a SW and waves are usually not too big. Pungarehu (Northerly or Southerly)has supposedly the best waves, but is rocky. I haven't sailed there so can't comment. Kina Rd works in a NW or SE. Sou-Easteries are funnelled by Mt Taranaki and are usually very strong. It is Taranaki's BIG surf location and it scares the shit out of me and I have yet to see it on a big day.
Dial-a-forecast: 0900 999 39 / 0900
1 BAYLY RD
2 TIMARU RD
3 KINA PT
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