With its black sand, fine surfing, tranquil harbour and laidback vibe, Raglan is a unique and relatively unknown slice of Kiwi heaven.

Don't Miss:  

  1. Surfing & kite boarding
  2. Gourmet delights
  3. Kayaking, fishing
  4. Harbour cruise
  5. Fish & chips
  6. Bridal Veil Falls walk
  7. Walk up Mt Karioi
  8. Cycle trails
  9. Canyoning & rock climbing
  10. Arts & crafts

A local’s guide to Raglan, Waikato NZ

Raglan is the region’s great chill out spot. Drawn by its relaxed vibe, superb waves and rugged landscape Raglan is a popular destination for artists, surfers and local weekend holiday makers alike.

Raglan’s bohemian atmosphere and idyllic coastal setting makes it the perfect spot to while away an afternoon browsing amongst the boutique cafes and shops, lazing on the beach or kayaking on the harbour. While those with more adventurous activities in mind can take a short drive from the town to the beaches that make the area a surfing mecca, including Manu Bay which has one of the longest left-hand breaks in the world.

The harbour provides a tranquil spot for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or a harbour cruise or if it’s the wild untamed nature of the west coast you’re after there is plenty of that on offer too, either on foot, by bike or on a fishing boat. 

While land based Raglan activities are also in abundance with top walking trails including Bridal Veil Falls, which plunges 55m, Mt Karioi, a challenging full day hike, canyoning trips, rock climbing and much more. 

With all this natural beauty, it’s no wonder that artisans and creative people flock to the area. This creativity is on show in the town’s galleries, studios and markets, and buying a souvenir usually also means buying something distinctively local and all the more memorable.

If you are planning on heading to Raglan to ride the famous surf break, it is important to familiarise yourself with Raglan's Safe Surfing guidelines.

How far to:

  • Hamilton: 45 kms 41 mins
  • Waitomo: 103kms 1 hour 20 mins
  • Auckland: 150kms 2 hours

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