On my way home from there. I was there for the past week. Amazing country and in the top of my places to return.
I checked out Inch Beach and Brandon Bay and would have surfed if I had my gear. Brandon Bay was offshore with people windsurfing, surfing, and kite surfing.
The rental situation was bleak now that the summer holidays are over so I ended up passing on renting. It would have been a softtop or a 5'10". I almost rented the hard board but then decided against it since I didn't want to muck up the B&B. I'll do it next time. Water did not seem too cold - maybe 55-60. I saw 3 lady swimmers still swimming in swimsuits.