In New Zealand, Auckland is known as the 'City of Sails', as sailing and water sports are very popular. Auckland is NZ's largest and most populated city, and continues to grow every year. Due to the number of people in the city, the beaches and surf breaks in the area can get very crowded, especially in the summer. Even the surrounding areas can become quite busy over the weekends, as people head out of town to relax. The climate is generally warm and comfortable.
The West Coast of Auckland features some fun and consistent surf breaks with southwest swells. Auckland's East Coast, however, is a little more sheltered receiving mostly north/northeast swells which are less consistent. A number of these breaks require a good size swell to make them surfable.
Some well-known and popular beaches to check out around Auckland are: Piha, Muriwai, Bethells Beach and Te Arai Point.