Raglan Walking Trails
Waikato walks are varied in length and scenery and Raglan has some of the most awe-inspiring coastal trails in the area. Features include black-sand beaches, coastal cliff-top walkways, native bushwalks, and the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls.
For a challenging hike, take on Mt Karioi - an ancient volcano that rises sharply from the sea and features in local Maori legend. Karioi Track ascends from Te Toto Gorge on the mountain’s north-west side, passing the gorge’s formidable cliffs and centuries-old Maori stonework that once held gardens. The reward at the summit is the panoramic view over the local harbours and surrounding landscape.
Embark on a guided tour or hire a bike and experience some of Raglan’s great cycling tracks. Challenge yourself by riding the Mt Karioi loop track, home of the Karioi Classic cycle race. This track is a 45km ride on gravel and sealed roads with magnificent views of the coast and surrounding countryside, extending as far as Mt Taranaki on a clear day. The Te Uku wind farm also offers a great cycle trail getting visitors up close to the giant wind turbines.
Raglan is home to a host of talented artists and artisans, and you can find everything from paintings and wearable arts to intricately carved surfboards and sculpture walks on the town’s enlightening arts trail. Leading visitors past studios, galleries, and design stores, the trail also includes workshops and exhibitions. In January each year Raglan artists open their doors to the public for the Raglan Arts Weekend. The arts weekend is a celebration of the diverse and vibrant creative community that calls Raglan home.
The artisan nature of Raglan shops lends an offbeat, original vibe to shopping in Raglan. New Zealand craftsmanship of foremost quality can be found at stores like Soul Shoes and Tony Sly pottery. The town also hosts monthly markets where you can be sure to find unique handcrafted treasures that embody the creative local spirit.
After a full day of outdoor adventure, there’s naturally a place for good food. Whether you want to dine at one of the town’s restaurants, eateries or gourmet food trucks, try the famous Raglan Roast coffee in a funky cafe, or enjoy a classic Kiwi feast of fish and chips at the wharf, Raglan caters to all tastes.