Te Arai Point Road

Get up early to beat the morning traffic queues on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Then, cruise north through the soft hills and gorges of the Aupouri Peninsula. Take the turn off for Mangawhai around an hour up Route 1 and bingo: you’ll be bumping over gravel roads between green farm fields straight towards the ribbon-like wisp of white-tinged sand that rolls off Te Arai Point. On a strong easterly swell, this one kicks up some sculpted green waves that crash neatly left to right. They start at a rocky underbed near to the point itself but are mostly over sand, curling easily into a row of oat-swaying dunes. Less punchy days bring cruisier rides that are irresistible for the longboarders. Oh, and always keep your eyes peeled for Te Arai’s other inhabitants: pods of dolphins cruising through the Hauraki Gulf. Local Aotearoa Surf School is the place to go for rentals and lessons.

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