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Taranaki Wave Classic New Zealand

Taranaki Wave Classic Surfari Trip

The Taranaki Wave Classic is the biggest and oldest windsurfing event in New Zealand. With around 80 entries in the last few years and a lot of non-windsurfing partners attending, you can be sure to make new friends!

So come on a four night Windsurf weekend holiday to the undisputed wild west that is Taranaki. With its 270° exposure, the Taranaki coastline offers great wave sailing conditions in nearly any wind direction.

Our Surfari trips are all inclusive, meaning you don’t need to do a thing except book the trip and turn up!


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4 nights quality accommodation

Single/double available.


Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - fully catered throughout your stay.

TWC event entry

The Taranaki Wave Classic entry fee is included.


Professional photos taken of you on the water available.

Fly in?

We offer gear hire of the latest premium equipment.

Local knowledge

We ensure you will be at the right spot at the right time.

What you want to know

Discover the Surfari Trip Dates currently available, your package pricing options, and if you’re looking to travel light, the rental options.

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Alternatively you can request a date that suits you! Get a crew of four (minimum) and contact us for a Custom Surfari.

  • $1100 NZD Single occupancy room.
  • $990 NZD Small single room (sold out for 2023). 
  • $850 NZD Double room per person (this needs to be booked and paid together).
  • $450 NZD  for all gear for your 4 days (if required by prior arrangement).

What you need to know

Explore everything that is included in the Surfari Trip package, what you need to bring with you, and what skill level you need to be at.

  • Taranaki Wave Classic entry fee *
  • 4 nights accommodation.
  • 4 fantastic days in Taradise!
  • sailing location knowledge and advice.
  • weather conditions knowledge and advice.
  • 4 x continental breakfast.
  • 4 x individually packed picnic lunches.
  • 2 x dinners with complimentary glass of wine.
  • 1 x Sunday social dinner & drinks (as included in the TWC entry).

* should the Taranaki Wave Classic event for any reason not proceed, the entry fee (equivalent value) will contribute toward the Sunday evening dinner organised by Water Nomads.

  • your own transport to get to and from the spots
  • your own equipment (unless prior arranged with us)
  • 4/3 wetsuit recommended
  • sunblock
  • sunhat
  • insect repellent
  • any personal medications
  • This trip is suitable for intermediate to expert wave-sailing windsurfers. Intermediate to advanced wingfoilers are welcome. To have fun on this trip, you should at least be able to:
    • be competent and confident water-starting
    • be sailing in footstraps and harness
    • be able to get back to where you started from
  • Due to the nature of the sailing locations, we can usually find sheltered areas for less experienced people. At the same time, more experienced people can be out blasting and playing in the rolling swells and waves. We will point you to the best spot for your skill level. 
  • For keen surfers:  Famous breaks such as Stent Road are only ~30 minutes drive from our accommodation.

Please note: we currently do not offer lessons or tuition. If you’re not sure if this trip suits you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

What to expect

You are taken on a four day fully catered wave-sailing windsurf adventure to participate in the “Taranaki Wave Classic”. If you don’t have the right gear, or simply want to try something different. Maybe you wish to try the latest offerings from Severne or Starboard? Water Nomads can provide, by prior arrangement, board and gear rental on site.

In Oakura (15 min south of New Plymouth). We have two houses within walking distance, both offer plenty of room for everyone to hang out. You will enjoy the large living spaces, spacious bedrooms.

It starts with a continental breakfast, locally baked breads and freshly brewed coffee (or tea!).

A hearty lunch is individually packed by our local caterer to allow you freedom to roam.

The day finishes with a wholesome meal followed by desert and a lot of tall stories!

We take professional action shots of you on the water which are available to purchase at discounted rates.

We respect your independence throughout the sufari so you are provided with a hearty lunch individually packed each day.

You are provided with spot location, weather condition advice, and we maintain contact with you even if you choose an alternate location to explore. You are not treated like a school group nor do we guide your every movement. We ensure you are at the right place at the right time. It is however ultimately your judgement on your ability to sail in the presented conditions.

Where can you sail

The Taranaki Wave Classic sails at variety of great spots with very specific wind conditions that offers epic wave-sailing. You don’t need to be a super hero wave sailor to participate, as this is not a competition, but rather a huge social event, with everyone having fun and sharing tips. No heats, no judging, just go out and sail, surf or SUP until you drop!

The favourite goto reef break with a gentle lagoon entry. One of the best locations in the country for intermediate sailors wanting to venture into the waves. At the same time seasoned advanced wave hunters can be riding stunning long reef breaks nearly all day!

Just south or Oakura is a beautiful black sand beach providing a little something for everyone. Wingfoil, Windfoil, Windsurf, SUP or Surf with gentle swells and rolling breaks close to our accommodation. Beware the occasional boulder.

Legendary and a favourite for any seasoned wave sailing windsurfer. The coarse sand (i.e. big bouldery bays) can be intimidating, but with a few tips from Water Nomads you can be riding some of the best breaks in the world!

Water Nomads | Taranaki Coast Wind History
The accommodation was spectacular, right on the beachfront with amazing views over Oakura beach. The food was plentiful and yummy as well as healthy; a rare combo in my experience. But the best was the classic, down the line wavesailing conditions that Taranaki regularly throws up. An unforgettable trip.
Awesome people, awesome trip, awesome food. H & B are meticulous planners, so you can get on and enjoy your trip. Knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining and solid, reliable people you’ll enjoy hanging out with. If you value using top notch equipment alongside access to NZ-wide (superb) local knowledge, i’d definitely recommend you check out Water Nomads for quality, modern gear hire, and watersports trips in Aotearoa/nz.
Bevan and Heidi organised excellent shared accommodation for the group. We all travelled down individually so I could do my own thing as well but the main purpose of the trip was an introduction to wave sailing and they were spot on with where to go, providing valuable wind and tide information - important to know on this wild and rocky coast. They were super helpful and the food was excellent, especially the packed lunches supplied by a local windsurfer. Thanks for a great trip guys.