The rugged and windswept west coast landscape gives way to long stretching black sand surf beaches and world famous left hand breaks in the beachside township of Raglan. Enjoy the sun sand and plethora of water sports and discover the growing arts and creative community.

Surfing in Raglan, Raglan, NZ

Raglan left hand surf break

Whether you are looking for a happening beachside spot or a relaxing holiday, Raglan has something to suit all tastes.

If water activities are your thing, then Raglan is the place for you. The popular surfing spot has grown to now encompass kite surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and boating options providing a one stop shop for water activities. For the novice, visitors can learn to surf at New Zealand’s first Surf School, take a Stand Up paddle boarding lesson and more.

Back on land there are a variety of walking, hiking and biking tracks on offer. Climb Mt Karioi, or cycling the Te Uku Windfarm, or take an easy stroll to the spectacular 55m high Bridal Veil Falls. Horse treks and cycle tours are a great way to explore the surrounding areas, or for a more laidback approach a harbour cruise explores the far reaching spots of the Whaingaroa Harbour.

The arts scene in Raglan is growing with a variety of art galleries and stores, accompanied by boutique shopping options. Local café’s and restaurants provide lunch and dinner options, while bars boast an active calendar of performances and events.

Raglan Accommodation ranges from holiday homes with harbour views to eco dwellings, backpackers, bed and breakfast, holiday parks and even Tipi’s.

Raglan as a community values sustainability, which is reflected in many of the operations. Many accommodation providers have on site vegetables gardens, and ecologically designed accommodation options, while other activities such as Raglan Eels provide not only an activity filled day, but education in sustainability.

Raglan Beach, Raglan, NZ

Raglan Beach, Raglan