This quaint, tranquil town of New Zealand has much to offer to any tourist. The laidback nature of its people conceals their innate love for outdoor sports, the sea, music and arts. A huge attraction for surfers from around the globe, Raglan has three world-class point breaks, a surf-school and has also hosted a world surfing championship on its beaches. Other water sports such as body boarding and kayaking are also quite popular here. A swim on the Ocean Beach is immensely enjoyable and recommended for all trips to Raglan.
The black volcanic sand and long beaches makes a walk on the beach spectacularly amazing. If treks are your thing, head on to the Mount Karioi for a three-hour trek to the top and take in the fresh mountain air with the very friendly and knowledgeable Raglan tourist guide. Biking or walking to the Wairenga Falls(Bridal Viel Falls) is a must for all tourists.
The music scene in Raglan is quite active, with several of its restaurants playing live music and the Yot Club attracting musicians from all over New Zealand. For a sampling of the local music, head on to the Orca Restaurant and Bar, which hosts an open mic event once a month.
Raglan is also famous for its art, with several galleries and cafés featuring the local artists. The Raglan Old School Arts Centre hosts exhibitions and workshop for traditional crafts such as weaving and quilting as well as Maori crafts and the inevitable blend of the two.
Featuring boutique as well as regular coffee, having a cup in Raglan has become a tradition of sorts with its frequent visitors. The brews here are said to be the best; that coupled with the relaxing atmosphere and beautiful surroundings a coffee break in Raglan’s famous cafes is a travel tip not to be ignored.
Besides the beauty and zeal for life, the most precious thing a visitor can take home from a vacation to Raglan, is it’s passion for recycling, with the town recycling about 75% of its waste. Raglan is very serious about its environmental impact with several buildings using reusable energy and having eco-friendly structure.