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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Bow Street Studios - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
Raglan
078250551
'Bow Street Studios offers 7 beautiful self-contained waterfront studios, plus one of Raglans most historic & quaint Cottages. Located within the heart of the Raglan village, surrounded by ancient Pohutukawa trees, flowing sub-tropical courtyard and views extending across the tranquil harb... (more)
Four Elements - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
9.00 34 Reviews
RD3, Raglan
0226042251
Raglan's Finest Premier LuxuryAccommodation in New ZealandThe Four Elements: nestled at the heart of a mountain, enveloped in the natural bush, perched over the ocean and looking out across the verdant farmland.Four Elements is more than a hotel, it is an exclusive holiday home that offers... (more)
Hidden Valley Luxury Retreat - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
9.30 33 Reviews
Raglan
078255813
Hidden in a secluded valley 10 minutes from Raglan and set on 30 acres of picturesque farmland and native bush. Relax under the stars in your own private outdoor spa pool with only the birds for company. We are the ideal getaway spot for short or long stays. Each of the 2 studio rooms a... (more)
Journey?s End Raglan - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
8.60 6 Reviews
Raglan
078256727
Enjoy our panoramic views and idyllic surroundings from your deck. 2 luxury suites, each purpose built with queen-size bedrooms, each with own ensuite, TV and DVD. A spacious guest lounge opens onto the deck with harbour views. Walk to wharf and enjoy fishing and sightseeing trips. Take a ... (more)
Kent Homestay - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
10.00 8 Reviews
Raglan
PEACEFUL SELF-CONTAINED APARTMENT IN TRADITIONAL RAGLAN BACH.Secluded and sunny location with wonderful water views. Up a quiet private drive, only a few minutes walk from the centre of Raglan and the town beach, and a five minute drive from the surfing beaches. Lounge and bedroom opening ... (more)
Kent Terrace Holiday House - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
10.00 2 Reviews
Raglan
COMFORTABLE, SPACIOUS HOLIDAY HOME WITH PANORAMIC WATER VIEWSPerfectly situated up a quiet private drive overlooking Raglan Harbour to the North and the Inner Harbour to the East, this 3-bedroomed family house is only a few minutes walk from the centre of Raglan and the town Beach, and a f... (more)
Our Beach House - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
Raglan
0212862474
Ideally located for surfing and swimming, Our Beach House is just 5 minutes' drive from Ngaranui Beach and Manu Bay. All rooms boast free Wi-Fi and a balcony or patio offering beautiful sea and bushland views. Situated in various quiet areas of Raglan, Our Beach House Accommodation is w... (more)
Raglan Holiday House - Accommodation in Raglan New Zealand
Raglan
Wonderfully relaxing sunny and happy holiday bach in Raglan situated in a fantastic location right opposite the harbour and next to town.Enjoy your holidays and/or work from here and leave the car parked while you enjoy Raglan's harbour, beaches and cafes at your doorstep.The harbour is ju... (more)
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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  • YOT Club, Raglan, Waikato
    Sat 27 Jan 2018 7:00PM / Electronica
    Soundsplash Music Festival, Zu Entertainment & Audacity Touring present... Dub FX live at Yot Club, Raglan! With special guests Sahida Apsara & Dubsonic. In 2006, Melbourne born Benjamin Stanford set off to ... more
  • Raglan Club, Raglan, Waikato
    Sun 28 Jan 2018 8:30PM / Blues
    Midge Marsden & Band will play one special show at Raglan Club this upcoming Anniversary Weekend to coincide with the recent release of Midge's 2CD career retrospective, spanning 50 years in music from one of New ... more
  • YOT Club, Raglan, Waikato
    Sat 10 Feb 2018 9:00PM / Electronica
    Beat & Path is coming to Raglan this summer. And we are super stoked to have Djuma Soundsystem with us for a night at the YOT Club and for a exclusive boat party the next day! Event Link (Boat Party): ... more
  • Wahine Moe Raglan Wharf, Raglan, Waikato
    Sun 11 Feb 2018 2:00PM / Electronica
    To and carry on from the YOT Club and to ease into the Sunday we are going to throw an exclusive boat party and rock up to a secluded beach with the legendary Djuma Soundsystem and the Beat & Path crew. Line Up: - ... more
  • Skilltree Digital Lab, Hamilton, Waikato
    Fri 26 Jan 2018 9:00AM / Education
    This is an incredible opportunity to understand and sculpt a face, by working on the bone structure, muscles, fatty tissue, and sinew that makes up the morphology of our heads. Understanding these underlying structures ... more
  • Matakanohi Reserve, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sat 27 Jan 2018 9:00AM / Fun Runs & Walks
    Welcome to the 4 Seasons River Run/Walk. Enjoy the Waikato River while participating in our Winter fun run/walking event. We have a series of 4 events a year, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. This event has been ... more
  • Altitude Bar, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sat 27 Jan 2018 7:30PM / Metal
    Death Squad Events welcomes the mighty Deathnir back to the touring circuit this coming January with the "Hammer of the Gods" Tour 2018. Bringing you New Zealand's premier Thrash Metal band. along with a brutal force of ... more
  • Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, Waikato
    Fri 26 Jan 2018 10:00AM / Festivals
    Tenth Avenue North. Tigertown. Rapture Ruckus. Wilderness Love. Airports. Aaron//David. Black Boy Peaches. Arrow. Unchained XL. Te Rautini. Equipped Revolution. Sinai. Enjalas. Chasing South. Human. The Music Project. ... more
  • Dough Bros, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sun 28 Jan 2018 12:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Join us at Dough Bros as we celebrate our favourite local suppliers and the impressive bounty of food produced here in the Waikato. Over a leisurely four-course lunch you will have time to rub shoulders with some of the ... more
  • Rhododendron Lawn, Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sun 15 Oct 2017 4:00PM / Family Entertainment
    A Gourmet Food experience in the International Award winning Gardens. Bring the family and taste some cuisine from around the world. Enjoy the local musicians, live in the gardens while basking in the sunshine and ... more
  • Innes Common, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sun 11 Feb 2018 4:00PM / Markets and Fairs
    Come and join us at the Lakefront for a full range of cuisine from around the globe. We have children's entertainment and live music on the side of the Lake. Bring a picnic blanket, deck chairs and enjoy the sunshine ... more
  • Tamahere Community Hall, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sun 28 Jan 2018 10:00AM / Mind & Body
    Come join our certified tea master and learn how to brew great-tasting Kombucha at home. Kombucha is an ancient fermented tea-based probiotic beverage and has been revered as a healing tonic for at least 3,000 years. ... more
  • Grosvenor Motor Inn, Hamilton, Waikato
    Thu 8 Feb 2018 8:30AM / Education
    - Do you prefer working with some people but avoid others? - Do you observe colleagues who are not talking to each other? - Do you want to work in an environment where people collaborate, share, help, laugh and feel ... more
  • Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, Waikato
    Thu 1 Feb 2018 8:00PM / Folk
    Don't miss these guys - all the way from the USA, they'll just be doing 10 shows around the North Island. They'll blow you away with their breathtaking banjo/fiddle/mandolin goodness, plus awesome original songs and ... more
  • Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sat 3 Feb 2018 8:00PM / Folk
    Esther Swift has travelled the world extensively with her music making and embraces many different influences in her virtuosic harp playing, composing and song writing. She writes songs about her homeland of ... more
  • Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sat 3 Feb 2018 8:00PM / Folk
    Esther Swift has travelled the world extensively with her music making and embraces many different influences in her virtuosic harp playing, composing and song writing. She writes songs about her homeland of Scotland, ... more
  • Altitude Bar, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sat 17 Feb 2018 7:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Roll Up Roll Up... The Death Do Us Part Danger Show: Love Hurts is a new show put together by world touring circus superstars Charlie and Rachel Atlas. This married couple share a passion for a very unusual and exotic ... more
  • Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, Waikato
    Fri 16 Feb 2018 8:00PM / Rock
    Summer Underground Rock Tour 2018 Auckland's Alt/Groove 4 piece 'Coridian' & The Heavy Hitting Rock Trio 'Animalhead' are combining forces with Hamiltons Rock Metal Powerhouse 'Checaine' & Wellingtons Rock and Roll ... more
  • Claudelands Park, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sat 10 Feb 2018 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! Welcome to Season 3 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! We're bringing to NZ a unique style of market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical ... more
  • Claudelands Park, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sat 10 Feb 2018 9:00AM / Circus
    All the fun of the circus - free at The Extravaganza Fair. Performing throughout the day this family show will charm and delight the young and old. From acrobats, dancing, performing 'tigers' and magic!!! more
  • Waimarie: Hamilton East Community House, Hamilton, Waikato
    Thu 14 Sep 2017 7:00PM / Mind & Body
    HU is a sacred sound, a love song to God that can uplift people of any religion, culture, or walk of life. HU offers balance, wisdom, and wonder. It brings alignment with your true purpose and highest good. At a Sound ... more
  • NZRA Taupiri Launch Site, Huntly, North Waikato
    Sun 4 Feb 2018 12:00PM / Aviation
    Experience the sight and sound of New Zealand's largest amateur rockets accelerating from zero to hundreds of kilometres an hour in a few seconds. Watch rockets propelled skywards on a massive flame with the same ... more
  • Selwyn Park, Te Awamutu, Waipa
    Sat 2 Dec 2017 4:00PM / Family Entertainment
    A relaxing evening of live music, great food, kids entertainment for the everyone. Come along and meet friends and family, share the large variety of food options that will suit almost everyone. Spread the picnic ... more
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