Raglan may well be NZ’s perfect surfing town. It’s small enough to have escaped mass development – perhaps due to a mainstream Kiwi preference for the safer white-sand east-coast beaches – yet it’s big enough for a bit of bustle. There are several good eateries and a bar that attracts big-name bands in summer.
Nestled near the south head of the Raglan Harbour (Whaingaroa), the nearby ocean bays are internationally famous for their breaks and attract surfers from around the world. Bruce Brown’s classic 1964 wave-chasing film The Endless Summer features Manu Bay. The harbour is excellent for kayaking, fishing and swimming. This all serves to attract fit guys and girls from all over the world; Raglan may also be NZ’s best-looking town.
It’s exactly the sort of laid-back, charming place that sees you shuffle your itinerary to extend your stay.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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