Raglan, New Zealand

Situated on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, just a 45-minute drive west of Hamilton or a two-hour drive south of Auckland, Raglan with its vibrant restaurants and shops is fast becoming a top holiday destination both for New Zealanders and international visitors.

Spectacular rugged coastline, unspoilt beaches and beautiful harbour.

World-famous for its legendary left-hand break, said to be one of the longest in the world, tiny Raglan is a surf mecca.

The town was judged to be “New Zealand’s Best Looking Town” by Lonely Planet guidebooks.

Things to see in Raglan, Waikato

Bridal Veil Falls

It is an attractive easy walk through native forest following the Pakoka River to the top of the Waireinga/Bridal Veil Falls. This section of track is designed for assisted wheelchair use and is suitable for children’s pushchairs.

The two viewing platforms at the top of the falls provide spectacular views of the falls and surrounding countryside. From here, the track descends steeply down stairs to a midway viewpoint.

The track continues down more stairs to the bottom view bridge and information shelter where there is a magnificent view directly across the pool and up at the falls.

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Ngarunui Beach

Ngarunui Beach is popular for surfing, swimming and fishing. There is a strong residential base located a few kilometres from the beach and many people travel to the beach year round. Surfing at the point breaks is the most popular activity in Raglan, attracting large numbers all year. Ngarunui Beach will commonly have large powerful surf, deep holes and strong rips. Always swim between the red and yellow flags and seek advice from surf lifeguards.

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Ngarunui Beach

Karioi Summit Track

Karioi is an ancient volcano and the views from the summit are spectacular.

On a fine day you can see as far south as Mt Taranaki, the Herangi Range and Pureora. There is also a good view of all the local harbours as well as Pirongia, Maungatautari and Te Aroha mountains.

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Manu Bay

Manu Bay (also known as The Point) is a world-famous surfing area. It is about six km south of Raglan. The surf at Manu Bay came to international attention in 1966 after Manu Bay was featured in the movie ‘Endless Summer’. Manu Bay is the home of the Point Board Rider’s Club who holds regular competitions. Every year Manu Bay is also home to several international surfing competitions.

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Kawhia Hot Water Beach

One of the Hamilton & Waikato’s, and indeed New Zealand’s, best kept secrets is Kawhia Hot Water Beach. Head down to Ocean Beach in Kawhia at low tide, clamber over the sand dunes and stroll down onto the beach. Find your spot and start digging for an instant natural hot water spa, with stunning views to match.

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Raglan Rock

Raglan Rock is a New Zealand outdoor adventure company based in the beautiful and world-famous seaside town of Raglan.

Explore the range of exhilarating tours for people of all ages and abilities, giving you the opportunity to explore New Zealand's true nature while getting your adrenaline kick!

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Te Toto Gorge Lookout

The three natural coastal amphitheatres at Te Toto were once the site of extensive Maori gardens. Remnants of stone rows which would have outlined garden plots can still be seen in places, as well two small pa, storage pits and terraces.

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Aotea Harbour

Aotea Harbour is a settlement and smallest of three large natural inlets in the Tasman Sea coast of the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island.[1] It is located between Raglan Harbour to the north and Kawhia Harbour to the south, 30 kilometres southwest of Hamilton.

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Raglan and District Museum

Raglan and District Museum provides a window on local history for the Raglan Whaingaroa area and adjacent districts.

Opening Hours
9.30am – 6.30 pm daily

Closed: Christmas Day and morning of ANZAC Day

15 Wainui Road, Raglan, Waikato

Entry: Adults $2, Children $1, Pre-schoolers free.

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Karakariki Waterfall

With suspension bridges, a stream, a waterfall and a nice spot for a picnic, this track has plenty to keep kids entertained.

The first part of the track starts and ends with suspension bridges.

After the first bridge head to the left and follow the stream through a small bush remnant and open grassy areas.

After the second bridge it doesn't take long to reach the small waterfall - a good spot for a family picnic and a paddle in the stream (cross the ford on true right of the stream for a nice picnic spot).

You can explore upstream beyond the waterfall and look for fossils in the rocks and water.

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Harbour View Hotel

The hotel is walking distance to the beaches, the harbour and all other amenities.

Phone: +64 7 825 8010
Email: hvhraglan@gmail.com
Address: 14 Bow Street, Raglan, Waikato, 3225. New Zealand

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