Karioi Sunsets - Guide Book

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Karioi Sunsets - Guide Book

Sightseeing
Ngarunui (sometimes called Ocean Beach, Main Beach or Wainui Beach) is the main sandy swimming beach in Raglan. A magnificent blacksand surfing beach, it’s ideal for swimming, is perfect for learning to surf or simply sunbathing on the sand. The beach has an area patrolled by surf lifesavers (October to April) immediately in front of the access trail to the beach.
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Ngarunui Beach
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Ngarunui (sometimes called Ocean Beach, Main Beach or Wainui Beach) is the main sandy swimming beach in Raglan. A magnificent blacksand surfing beach, it’s ideal for swimming, is perfect for learning to surf or simply sunbathing on the sand. The beach has an area patrolled by surf lifesavers (October to April) immediately in front of the access trail to the beach.
Spectacular 55-metre-high Bridal Veil Falls, also known as the Wairēinga Falls is a popular walking track
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Bridal Veil Falls
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Spectacular 55-metre-high Bridal Veil Falls, also known as the Wairēinga Falls is a popular walking track
A historically significant site that not only boasts stunning and uninterrupted views of the rugged west coast, it also provides an insight into traditional Maori gardens.
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Te Toto Gorge Lookout
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A historically significant site that not only boasts stunning and uninterrupted views of the rugged west coast, it also provides an insight into traditional Maori gardens.
Ruapuke is a sandy beach, wild and remote located 22km from Raglan. It’s dangerous for swimmers here, but popular with surf-casting fisherfolk. ​ The drive here from Raglan is mostly unsealed past Whale Bay, though there are some fantastic views out over the wild west coast as it winds around Mt. Karioi.
Ruapuke Beach
Ruapuke is a sandy beach, wild and remote located 22km from Raglan. It’s dangerous for swimmers here, but popular with surf-casting fisherfolk. ​ The drive here from Raglan is mostly unsealed past Whale Bay, though there are some fantastic views out over the wild west coast as it winds around Mt. Karioi.
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’.
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Manu Bay
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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’.
Whale Bay is a coastal community nestled between Mount Karioi and the ocean, about 8km south of Raglan. Much of the area around Whale Bay is covered with native tree forest up to the summit of Mount Karioi. The famous and dramatic gravel surfaced Waanga Coast Road starts at Whale Bay and heads south to Ruapuke between Mount Karioi and the Tasman Sea. The surf at Whale Bay is world renowned.
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Whale Bay
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Whale Bay is a coastal community nestled between Mount Karioi and the ocean, about 8km south of Raglan. Much of the area around Whale Bay is covered with native tree forest up to the summit of Mount Karioi. The famous and dramatic gravel surfaced Waanga Coast Road starts at Whale Bay and heads south to Ruapuke between Mount Karioi and the Tasman Sea. The surf at Whale Bay is world renowned.
Raglan Domain (Papahua/ Te Kopua) is a popular family beach reserve just across the footbridge from the Raglan town area.
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Te Kopua Beach
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Raglan Domain (Papahua/ Te Kopua) is a popular family beach reserve just across the footbridge from the Raglan town area.
Raglan’s wharf at the end of Wallis St is a working wharf, used by fishing, charter and tour boats as well as the Raglan Coast Guard. As well as there are cafes and shops
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Raglan Wharf
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Raglan’s wharf at the end of Wallis St is a working wharf, used by fishing, charter and tour boats as well as the Raglan Coast Guard. As well as there are cafes and shops
Walks and Cycle Trails
Te Ara Kakariki is Raglan's newest mountainbike trail, located at Wainui Reserve. The grade 2 (easy) tracks, including the Ocean Trail, are perfect for families, whilst more challenging sections are great for the more advanced biker.
Te Ara Kakariki - Raglan Horse Riding, Walking and Mountain Bike Trail
Te Ara Kakariki is Raglan's newest mountainbike trail, located at Wainui Reserve. The grade 2 (easy) tracks, including the Ocean Trail, are perfect for families, whilst more challenging sections are great for the more advanced biker.
Mt Karioi is a forest-clad extinct volcano, surrounded by lush farmland on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other. There are two available tracks to reach the summit of Mt Karioi in Raglan. This allows those hiking the trail to do a mountain crossing, or a return trip on either side.
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Karioi Summit Track
596 Whaanga Rd
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Mt Karioi is a forest-clad extinct volcano, surrounded by lush farmland on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other. There are two available tracks to reach the summit of Mt Karioi in Raglan. This allows those hiking the trail to do a mountain crossing, or a return trip on either side.
The Kaitoki Walkway is at very close to the house. Join it from the cal de sac head of Robertson Street and walk to the town centre around the harbour edge (approx. 1 hour).
Kaitoke Walkway
The Kaitoki Walkway is at very close to the house. Join it from the cal de sac head of Robertson Street and walk to the town centre around the harbour edge (approx. 1 hour).
At 430 metres above sea level, this walking and cycling trail through the Te Uku Wind Farm site which affords outstanding 360 degree views across the greater Waikato, to include Raglan, Kawhia and Aotea harbours, and on a clear day, Mt Taranaki.
Pipiwharauroa Trail
At 430 metres above sea level, this walking and cycling trail through the Te Uku Wind Farm site which affords outstanding 360 degree views across the greater Waikato, to include Raglan, Kawhia and Aotea harbours, and on a clear day, Mt Taranaki.
Adventure and Activities
Canyoning is an adrenaline-pumping journey that happens rain or shine. Abseil and climb waterfalls by journeying down an ancient lava flow directly off Mt Karioi. Surrounded by beautiful native bush this is an adventure that can’t be missed.
Raglan Rock
33 Simon Rd
Canyoning is an adrenaline-pumping journey that happens rain or shine. Abseil and climb waterfalls by journeying down an ancient lava flow directly off Mt Karioi. Surrounded by beautiful native bush this is an adventure that can’t be missed.
Discover Waikato's hidden jewel! Raglan's unique limestone Coast, private bays and beaches; is all just a short paddle away. Raglan Kayak's Tour & Rentals are suitable for everyone. No experience necessary! They are On-Call daily from Bow street jetty.
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Raglan Kayak & Paddleboard
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Discover Waikato's hidden jewel! Raglan's unique limestone Coast, private bays and beaches; is all just a short paddle away. Raglan Kayak's Tour & Rentals are suitable for everyone. No experience necessary! They are On-Call daily from Bow street jetty.
You haven’t experienced Raglan unless you’ve been on the water, so jump on board. 1.5 hour sunset harbour cruise is a perfect activity for your family or small group to enjoy together on the water. You can choose to include a fresh fish and chip meal from the Raglan Fish at the Harbour.
Raglan Boat Charter : Wahine Moe
92 Wallis Street
You haven’t experienced Raglan unless you’ve been on the water, so jump on board. 1.5 hour sunset harbour cruise is a perfect activity for your family or small group to enjoy together on the water. You can choose to include a fresh fish and chip meal from the Raglan Fish at the Harbour.
Historical sightseeing tours of the Raglan Harbour. Contact Ian Hardie 0274 88 1215
Raglan Harbour Cruises
Historical sightseeing tours of the Raglan Harbour. Contact Ian Hardie 0274 88 1215
The surf school offers private & group lessons for learners and the more advanced surfer, surf board & wetsuit rentals, friendly & experienced top New Zealand surf instructors.
Raglan Surfing School Surfboard Rentals Trailer - Ngarunui Beach
The surf school offers private & group lessons for learners and the more advanced surfer, surf board & wetsuit rentals, friendly & experienced top New Zealand surf instructors.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-timer or looking to take the next step in your surfing. Green Wave Raglan Surf School caters to all ages and ability levels.
Green Wave Raglan
3205 State Highway 23
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-timer or looking to take the next step in your surfing. Green Wave Raglan Surf School caters to all ages and ability levels.
Ride over our farm and up Mt Karioi where you will see wonderful views of the beach, ocean and rolling valleys. This is a horse adventure with an edge!
Wild Coast Ruapuke
1549 Whaanga Road
Ride over our farm and up Mt Karioi where you will see wonderful views of the beach, ocean and rolling valleys. This is a horse adventure with an edge!
Learn to kite surf or hydrofoil
Ozone New Zealand Ltd
9 Bow St
Learn to kite surf or hydrofoil
Transport
Local Raglan taxi and shuttle service
Raglan Taxi, Shuttle Service & Tours
29 Government Rd
Local Raglan taxi and shuttle service
City/town information
Raglan is the Waikato's great chill out spot. Drawn by its relaxed vibe, superb waves and rugged landscape Raglan is a popular destination for artists, surfers and local weekend holiday makers alike. Raglan’s bohemian atmosphere and idyllic coastal setting makes it the perfect spot to while away an afternoon browsing amongst the boutique cafes and shops, lazing on the beach or kayaking on the harbour. While those with more adventurous activities in mind can take a short drive from the town to the beaches that make the area a surfing mecca, including Manu Bay which has one of the longest left-hand breaks in the world. The harbour provides a tranquil spot for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or a harbour cruise or if it’s the wild untamed nature of the west coast you’re after there is plenty of that on offer too, either on foot, by bike or on a fishing boat.
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Raglan
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Raglan is the Waikato's great chill out spot. Drawn by its relaxed vibe, superb waves and rugged landscape Raglan is a popular destination for artists, surfers and local weekend holiday makers alike. Raglan’s bohemian atmosphere and idyllic coastal setting makes it the perfect spot to while away an afternoon browsing amongst the boutique cafes and shops, lazing on the beach or kayaking on the harbour. While those with more adventurous activities in mind can take a short drive from the town to the beaches that make the area a surfing mecca, including Manu Bay which has one of the longest left-hand breaks in the world. The harbour provides a tranquil spot for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or a harbour cruise or if it’s the wild untamed nature of the west coast you’re after there is plenty of that on offer too, either on foot, by bike or on a fishing boat.
The riverside city of Hamilton is a 40 minute drive from Raglan. Worth checking out the world renowned Hamilton Gardens, shopping, and dining scene.
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Hamilton
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The riverside city of Hamilton is a 40 minute drive from Raglan. Worth checking out the world renowned Hamilton Gardens, shopping, and dining scene.
Food scene
Quite possibly the best coffee in the world served from a hole in the wall.
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Raglan Roast
9 Bow St
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Quite possibly the best coffee in the world served from a hole in the wall.
The smell of fresh bread calls you to pop by Raglan Artisan Bread. Friendly and helpful staff and of course, delicious bread.
Raglan Artisan Bread
3 Wainui Road
The smell of fresh bread calls you to pop by Raglan Artisan Bread. Friendly and helpful staff and of course, delicious bread.
Wonderfully fresh fish and chips at Raglan Fish on the wharf,
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Raglan Fish
92 Wallis St
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Wonderfully fresh fish and chips at Raglan Fish on the wharf,
With a perfect combination of food, art and music, this colorful kitchen serves up beautifully presented Japanese fusion cuisine. Family run with great hospitality, atmosphere and musical selections.
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ULO’s Kitchen
6 Wallis Street
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With a perfect combination of food, art and music, this colorful kitchen serves up beautifully presented Japanese fusion cuisine. Family run with great hospitality, atmosphere and musical selections.
La La Land is a boutique chocolate cafe, located just off the main street in Raglan. Their delicious chocolate-focussed fare and luxurious chocolate products are all New Zealand made, organic, and fairtrade.
La La Land - Chocolate, Coffee, Waffles
2 Wallis St
La La Land is a boutique chocolate cafe, located just off the main street in Raglan. Their delicious chocolate-focussed fare and luxurious chocolate products are all New Zealand made, organic, and fairtrade.
Based in an old woolshed halfway between town and the surf beach, it really does encompass the relaxed vibe that Raglan has become famous for. Great for brunch or lunch, and dinner on Friday/Saturday nights.
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Rock-It Kitchen
248 Wainui Rd
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Based in an old woolshed halfway between town and the surf beach, it really does encompass the relaxed vibe that Raglan has become famous for. Great for brunch or lunch, and dinner on Friday/Saturday nights.
A Raglan institution for brunch and lunch. Always busy.
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The Shack
19 Bow St
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A Raglan institution for brunch and lunch. Always busy.
Orca Restaurant & Bar in Raglan offers a la carte dining with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and simple flavours. Situated with stunning views of the Raglan Harbour it also features a sunny deck perfect for summer dining.
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Orca Restaurant and Bar
2 Wallis St
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Orca Restaurant & Bar in Raglan offers a la carte dining with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and simple flavours. Situated with stunning views of the Raglan Harbour it also features a sunny deck perfect for summer dining.
Raglan's newest eatery. WYLD offers fresh, tasty, wholesome food made from local produce. Open 7 days for coffee, breakfast and lunch.
WYLD Raglan
11 Bow Street
Raglan's newest eatery. WYLD offers fresh, tasty, wholesome food made from local produce. Open 7 days for coffee, breakfast and lunch.
ISOBAR is an eatery and bar in the heart of Raglan. Offering healthy and gourmet eats ISOBAR uses local products such as Raglan Coconut Yoghurt, Salsa Brava Chimichurri and Dreamview Milk. Enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner & craft beer or ozone coffee from Wednesday to Sunday
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Isobar Raglan
23 Bow Street
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ISOBAR is an eatery and bar in the heart of Raglan. Offering healthy and gourmet eats ISOBAR uses local products such as Raglan Coconut Yoghurt, Salsa Brava Chimichurri and Dreamview Milk. Enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner & craft beer or ozone coffee from Wednesday to Sunday
Casual outdoor eatery, serving wood fired pizza & shared dishes. Good George beer on tap.
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George's Beach Club
2 Bow St
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Casual outdoor eatery, serving wood fired pizza & shared dishes. Good George beer on tap.
Locally Raglan brewed beer. Offering high quality seasonal beers.
Workshop Brewing Limited
2 Park Drive
Locally Raglan brewed beer. Offering high quality seasonal beers.
Historical Colonial Hotel right in the centre of town. The front of the hotel offers a la carte restaurant and Veranda Bar. At the rear of the building is a large Sports Bar.
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Raglan Harbour View Hotel
14 Bow St
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Historical Colonial Hotel right in the centre of town. The front of the hotel offers a la carte restaurant and Veranda Bar. At the rear of the building is a large Sports Bar.
For the homemade gelato. Just over the one way bridge.
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Raglan Roast Food Department
45 Wainui Rd
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For the homemade gelato. Just over the one way bridge.
Plant based cuisine with open sea views to die for.
Conscious kitchen
596C Wainui Road
Plant based cuisine with open sea views to die for.
Real fruit ice cream + super fresh Mex-Burritos and veggie wraps.
Roll Up
11 Bow St
Real fruit ice cream + super fresh Mex-Burritos and veggie wraps.
Casual bistro with harbour views
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The Wharf Kitchen and Bar
43 Rose St
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Casual bistro with harbour views
Venue for live music. The Sunday Sessions here over summer are a favorite with locals and visitors.
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The Yot Club
9 Bow St
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Venue for live music. The Sunday Sessions here over summer are a favorite with locals and visitors.
Great sushi of course!
Aroha Sushi Raglan
4 Wallis St
Great sushi of course!
The homemade sausages or roadkill chicken are great for the BBQ
Raglan Top Cut Butchery
2 Wallis Street
The homemade sausages or roadkill chicken are great for the BBQ
Art and Galleries
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Kanuka Design Gallery
1 Wainui Rd
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Show Off Aotearoa New Zealand
2 Bow Street
Jet Collective
19 Bow Street
The Monster Company
58 Wallis Street
Little Hill Studios
49B Hills Road
Famous pottery made right here in Raglan
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Tony Sly Pottery
53 Wainui Rd
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Famous pottery made right here in Raglan