Raglan has one of the longest left-hand breaks in the world.
Raglan
Surfing in Raglan, Hamilton - Waikato

By Chris McLennan

Raglan's Ocean Beach is popular with the locals for surfing and swimming.
Raglan
Ocean Beach, Hamilton - Waikato

By Chris McLennan

Waves take on a whole new meaning once you've done your time at Raglan's surfing school.
Raglan
Learning to surf, Hamilton - Waikato

By Paul Abbitt

Raglan's immense scenery is dominated by rugged cliffs and hypnotic Tasman Sea swells.
Raglan
Paragliding, Hamilton - Waikato

By Chris McLennan

Raglan's famous surf breaks can provide the ultimate escape from the daily grind.
Raglan
Surfing in Raglan, Hamilton - Waikato

By Chris McLennan

Raglan

In Raglan you can catch a wave or sip a great espresso. This lively surf town has an interesting creative culture and a wonderful choice of cafés.

West of Hamilton, Raglan is both a surfing mecca and a dramatically scenic area of black sand coastline. Many people believe that Manu Bay on this coast has the longest, most accessible and consistent left-hand break in the world. If you have the required level of skill, it's possible to catch a wave and cruise for up to two kilometres. Manu Bay (also known as The Point) was featured in the 1966 cult surfing movie Endless Summer.

If you're not a hard-core surfer, Ocean Beach is a fine place for a swim, a body boarding session or even a surf lesson with the Raglan Surf School. Lifeguards patrol the western end of the beach during the summer months - it's safest to swim between the flags.

There are several excellent walks in the Raglan area. In just 10 minutes you can walk to the top of Bridal Veil Falls (55 metres). If you're wanting a more challenging adventure, you can climb to the top of Mount Karioi - on a fine day you can see all the way to Mount Taranaki. The Te Toto Gorge Track is another option - it's a route that was once used extensively by Maori and remnants of stone walls can still be seen in places.

Or cycle the Pipiwharauroa Trail which will get you up close to the 137m high wind turbines at the Te Uku windfarm. Other popular activities include kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and harbour cruises.

Be sure to spare a couple of hours for Raglan Township. It's an entertaining mix of cafés, bars, surf shops and galleries. This part of New Zealand has always attracted people who are into sustainable lifestyles, so the residents are full of character.

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Raglan Kopua Holiday Park - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
7.50 7 Reviews
Raglan
08004724526
Raglan Kopua Holiday Park is situated in the Raglan Harbour adjacent to Raglan township with 7-day shopping. Access is by road or picturesque walk-bridge.We are a family camp with 300 power and tent sites plus cabin and bunk room accommodation. Specially designed accommodation complex slee... (more)
Raglan Palm Beach Motel - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
8.30 9 Reviews
Raglan
078258153
Situated on the water's edge of a magnificent West Coast harbour, the Raglan Palm Beach Motel offers outstanding views and atmosphere. With canoes and kayaks on site, you can launch straight off the lawn and explore parts of the harbour, or walk to the township and explore Raglan's cafes a... (more)
Raglan Sunset Motel and Holiday Houses - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
8.30 218 Reviews
Raglan
078250050
Offering accommodation in various locations throughout Raglan, Raglan Sunset Motel and Holiday Houses include free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Some accommodation is just 100 metres from the riverfront and a short walk to the beach, shops and restaurants.Raglan Sunset Motel offers a choice of s... (more)
Waimarie - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
10.00 41 Reviews
Raglan
078250043
GOLD PROPERTY AWARD... AND 100% REVIEWS AWARD TRAVELBUG 2013" FREE WIFI "Fully self contained superior 2 BDR apartment.All linen provided.Basic breakfast provisions provided.2 Decks to take advantage of the all day sun.SKY TV with another 1 in Master Bedroom.WIFI available.Please ask owner... (more)
Waoku Lodge - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
9.10 162 Reviews
Whale Bay, Raglan
078257072
Waoku Lodge is located in the beach town of Raglan and is situated at the foot of Mount Karioi. Your stay at the lodge is complemented by panoramic, stunning views of the Tasman Sea and the majestic beauty of Mt Karioi.Waoku Lodge is an hours drive away from Hamilton and offers luxury tour... (more)
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