From Mt. Munganui it was a 4 hour drive across the island to the west coast. I was headed to catch a south east swell that was hitting the west coast outcropping known as the Taranaki region. This entire land mass is formed by a volcano that rises from the sea to a massive, classic volcanic peak.
Its an awesome spot to surf, not only because its exposed to the good consistent swells coming off the Tasman sea, but also because of the variable coast line shape. Lots of points and reef breaks, and a few scattered beach breaks. Oh and did I mention that there is a huge fricken volcano in the background!
I only got a day here, stayed in a really nice hostel and checked a bunch of surf spots. Lets say I made a bad decision, and did get in the water. But I will be back to this spot to spend quite a bit of time in the spring. I’m excited for that!