Located in the town of Raglan on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island, a beach day at Ngarunui Beach is fun for all. There is no entrance fee or charge for parking at this black sand beach just a couple hours drive from Auckland. Prepare yourself for a bit of a hike to the sand, but if you are a surfer, want to take surf lessons or just plain watch, it's worth the walk! Traveling without your board? No problem. You'll find boards (and wetsuits) available for rent.
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Do you have any experience with riding the waves?
We didn't make it down to the black(ish) sand because we were short on time, but we sure had fun watching the stand-up paddle boarders and surfers. Brought back memories of our surf lessons almost 17 years ago. Let's just say we do better at watching than at surfing!
Are you a surfer (or have you ever taken lessons)?