When asked, every surfer will, of course, tell you his or her favorite beach is best, although it does seem unanimous that Eastland and Gisbornereliably turn out some of the best waves in the country. Raglan, west of Hamilton, is also popular; Whangamata and Mount Maunganui, in Bay of Plenty, and Taylor's Mistake, near Christchurch, are others to consider. For surfing tours of the Auckland-Northland region contact New Zealand Surf Tours (tel./fax 09/832-9622;www.newzealandsurftours.com).

Windsurfing is popular in many areas around Auckland: at Ferrymead in Christchurch; on Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch; on Otago Peninsula; at Oakura near New Plymouth; and on Wellington Harbour.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.