In 1915 Duke Kahanamoku from Hawaii introduced surfing to NZ.  To celebrate, we’d love  to see you in and around New Brighton during festival week.

Check out the Duke Festival of Surfing page for up-to-date information.

Again – we have an absolute feast of Duke Festival events for you to enjoy:

  • Three day surfing competition
  • A free outdoor movie night Friday 12 March at the amphitheatre – Finding Dory and Endless Summer 
  • The Duke Rock concert Saturday 13 March at the Penguin Arms - Dolphin Friendly, the Hootz and the Wendys. Tickets available at
  • Dennis Quane Surfboard Exhibition at Level One – opening night Tuesday 9 March
  • The STOKED Art exhibition at the T.O.I Collective – opening night Thursday 11 March
  • Free skate comp – The Duke Beachside Blowout at 1pm on Saturday 13 March at the comp zone details at
  • Live youth bands Saturday at the comp zone
  • Yoga and massages from our lovely friends at Wild Lotus. Check them out at

Currently Te Waipounamu does not have community spread of the COVID-19 virus, but we will be keeping a close eye on the Covid situation.

If you’re concerned you can ring Healthline (0800 358 5453)

Take care of yourself, your whānau and our surfing community.

It’s important we are alert but not alarmed!