Papamoa is the perfect base for an epic surfing trip. You can stay in Papamoa or venture out to one of the many other beaches close by. There is a perfect surfing spot for everyone close to Papamoa, with beaches of varying difficulty and crowd levels. Read on for our top spots.
Papamoa Beach is a great beach for surfing with the whole family. There are beautiful long stretches of shoreline, and great facilities at the Papamoa Surf Club. All levels of surfing ability can enjoy this beach, but this is an especially good spot for beginners as the surf is relatively calm but a lot of fun. Similar to the surf at Mount Maunganui, Papamoa is a great option for those wanting the same waves with fewer crowds.
Mount Maunganui Main Beach
This popular beach has some premium surfing, swimming, and scenery. The surf here is also good for beginners, however the beach can be exceptionally busy. Just keep an eye out for fellow surfers and swimmers. A highlight of Mount Maunganui is that there are plenty of excellent cafes and shops right on the beach if you need a break from the waves. Only a 15-minute drive away from Papamoa, this is a great spot to check out.
Maketu & Newdick’s Beach
These spots are great for surfers wanting a bit more of a challenge. Maketu is only a 25 minute drive from Papamoa Beach Resort, and is great for intermediate level surfers with some powerful barrels. Newdick’s Beach is a privately owned beach just a few minutes away from Maketu Beach. Simply pay a coin donation at the honesty box, and drive down to experience some punchy, big waves. However, be cautious as these beaches are both prone to strong currents and rips.
This one is for the pro surfer. Whakatane Heads gets fast, hollow, long waves which could keep any advanced surfer on their toes. To get here, surfers have to paddle across the river mouth to get to the west side where the break is. An hour drive from Papamoa, this gem is worth the effort if you consider yourself a very strong swimmer and surfer.
Make Papamoa Beach Resort your base to be within an hour of all these great surfing spots. Right on the beach, you can roll out of bed and onto the waves. Book with us today to get started on your dream surfing adventure.