GO NZ: What to see, do, eat, and where to surf in Raglan

A short break in and around Raglan’s wet stuff makes a great family getaway, writes Anna King Shahab

Raglan’s beaches make it a surfer’s paradise. But if you’re not keen on hitting the waves, there are plenty of reasons why Raglan is a great choice for a weekend away – even outside summer, as we recently discovered on a short break with the kids.

Built on the Whāingaroa harbour with several beautiful beaches within easy reach, Raglan has visitors spoilt for choice when it comes to getting on, in, or by the water. We also managed to coincide our visit with a lot of water falling from the sky – but we weren’t letting that get in the way of a good time.

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Having randomly bumped into friends of from back home on the main street, we grabbed takeaway coffees and drove to Ngarunui Beach to give the four kids a run around. The most family-friendly of Raglan’s beaches (and patrolled by surf lifesavers in summer), it sprawls languidly, adorned in light black sand, begging to be walked along. Ngarunui is a good spot for beginner surfers and bodyboarders, while most of the surf spots around here are best left to experts: Manu Bay (made famous in the 1966 film Endless Summer), Whale Bay, and The Indicators. The latter is a stunning sight; the ocean dances like a pleated skirt, and legend has it that on a good day it’s possible to ride a wave from The Indicators through Whale Bay all the way to Manu Bay. Life goals.

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