In Raglan you can catch a wave, climb a mountain, walk to a waterfall or simply kick back with a coffee. Not bad for a small town on New Zealand
’s North Island! A seaside community famous for its black sand beaches, Raglan is worth going out of the way for if you really want a laidback holiday destination. Book your Raglan hotel with us to experience it.
Local Maori people originally called this town Whaingaroa (“the long pursuit”). The first Europeans to settle the area were missionaries James and Mary Wallis in 1835, and in 1858, the town’s name was changed to Raglan.
Things to do
If you’re a surfer, get to The Point! The Point, also known as Manu Bay, was featured in the surfing movie Endless Summer and is rumoured to have the world’s longest left-hand break. Ngarunui Beach is a safe beach for swimmers and less experienced surfers. Both beaches feature Raglan’s black volcanic sand, which makes for a striking combo of colours next to the green hills and brilliant blue sea.
Raglan is also great for walks. If you don’t mind a three-hour trek, take the trip to the top of Mt. Karioi. The views of the rolling countryside and ocean make it worthwhile, and on clear days you can even see the tops of other mountains. If you want something a little less strenuous, there are several other walks in the Raglan area. Bridal Veil Falls is a towering waterfall in the middle of a forest filled with tawa trees, and a 25-minute drive out of town will get you there.
Raglan also has a live music scene, with bars and venues hosting touring musicians and even open-mic nights. Check them out and you may see the next Lorde in action.
Shopping and dining
On top of being lined with palm trees, the streets of Raglan’s town centre also feature fashion, arts and crafts and gift shops, hip and relaxed cafes, and succulent restaurants.
Book your cheap flight to Hamilton
and Raglan accommodation with us to get started. From Hamilton
you can catch a bus to Raglan or hire a car. Wot could be easier? Surf’s up!