I woke up this morning with no idea of what I was doing or where I was going. I wanted to head North towards Auckland because I miss hanging with the film crew there and I want to continue documenting the independent film behind the scenes. But I wasn’t sure if I was going to fly, drive, or take the scenic train. As I was having breakfast, I decided I wanted to check out the Surf Highway 45 on the West Coast of the North Island – the Taranaki Coastline.
After I bought as much pony poo as I could carry, I headed for the Taranaki coastline, 105 km of countless classic surf breaks. I was a total Wilbur Kookmeyer as I didn’t have a surfboard or proper wetsuit, but I didn’t feel that guilty as the surf was flat today. I wasn’t fooled by the current conditions though and could totally see the potential in many of the breaks I checked out today along the cool coast.
One of the local kids told me today that a recent storm brought 9 meter waves to the break I was checking out in front of his house. Much of the drive on the West Coast today was remote rural areas, sleepy towns, and farmland with sheeps and cows.
I need to come back here in a camper van with my surfboard as summertime must be absolutely wonderful in this area. Today was pleasant though and the sun was shining the entire day. It was a very long and lovely drive today that brought me all the way up to Waitomo. Tomorrow I am hoping to explore the epic glowworm caves in Waitomo.