Guide12 Hours Raglan

Casual beachy vibes, good people, good food. A township with a penchant for zero waste and keeping NZ beautiful. Welcome to Raglan.

The beach at Raglan.

Your guide to the best things to do in Raglan, Waikato

Raglan is known for its black sand surf beaches, its passion for protecting the environment and the local art scene. Located 48km west of Hamilton, it’s a haven for many Kiwis in the summer-time to surf, relax, eat and explore. Raglan is surrounded by gorgeous blue oceans and lush green bush, so you will be snapping photos of the scenery wherever you go - it has even been named ‘New Zealand’s Best Looking Town’ by Lonely Planet. Get your Keep Cup ready for a big cup of coffee, your swimsuit, towel, and jandals for the beach and enjoy 12 hours in Raglan.

Morning

Wake up at Solscape Family Bach

611 Wainui Road, Raglan

Wake up in Solscape’s Family Bach, spacious and open plan with a big outdoor deck for enjoying the sunrise outside with a warm cuppa. This place is perfect for up to five people with two bedrooms and plenty of space to relax. Solscape even has its very own café - The Conscious Kitchen - which serves plant-based organic goodness with fresh produce being harvested on-site!

The outside of Solscape Batch.

9am: Breakfast at Rock-It Kitchen

248 Wainui Road, Raglan

Raglan has delicious coffee, and we know you love a good cuppa in the morning too. Head to Rock-It Kitchen a little way out of town, and find yourself in a cosy woolshed, surrounded by native New Zealand plants with a tidal stream gently bubbling passed. It is the perfect place to create the vibe for your day. Low-key and relaxed are words that perfectly describe Raglan.

The seating area inside Rock-it Kitchen.

10am: Shopping at Atamira

11 Bankart Street, Raglan

Feeling like getting a wee bit spendy? Head to Atamira and lust after the gorgeous eclectic collection of clothes, shoes, home and wellbeing goodies available. Atamira celebrates good ideas, great design and integrity from Aotearoa and beyond, plus they have a curated mix of brands from up and coming to well known designers. No matter your style, you are sure to find an item in this store you will want to put straight on and walk out in.

Close up of shoes on a table.

11am: Raglan Rock

33 Simon Road, Raglan

Why not get some adventure in while you're here, there’s plenty to do!
Raglan Rock is for all you adrenaline junkies. They offer canyoning, rock climbing and caving to people of all ages and abilities, so you can experience New Zealand's nature and get your heart pumping at the same time. Professional guides and all equipment supplied means you just have to turn up with enthusiasm and the spirit of adventure.

Rock climbers climbing a rock..

Afternoon

12pm: Walk to Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Walk through the native forest following the Pakoka River to the top of Bridal Veil Falls. There are two viewing platforms at the top of the falls that give a stunning view of the falls and the surrounding lush greenery. You can then descend to a bottom view point for more glorious views. The track is 10 minutes one way and the higher viewing platforms are suitable for wheelchairs and prams!

Photo by Tony Foster

A photo taken at Bridal Veil Falls in Raglan.

1pm: Lunch at The Shack

19 Bow Street, Raglan

The Shack is the place to eat in Raglan, serving up the finest local produce and delicious Rocket Coffee with vegan, gluten and dairy free options and free range eggs and meat, you will be hard pressed to find something you don’t want to eat on their menu. If you are having lunch a little later (or are just living on beach time) they offer local beer, wines and ciders, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon. 

Close up of a plate of food.

2pm: Shopping local. Start at Tony Sly Pottery

90 Wallis Street, Raglan

Tony Sly Pottery is made with love right here in Raglan. Using terracotta clay from Dunedin, Tony shapes honest, useful and made from scratch pottery for cooks using colours from our landscapes - watery greens with turquoise soft blues and whites inspired by the harbour where his studio is. From pasta bowls to mugs to utensil jars, you’ll want to take a piece of Raglan home with you.

Inside the Tony Sly Pottery shop.

Soul Shoes

92 Wallis Street, Raglan

Rob Galloway has been in the workshop since 1973. Soul Shoes is the place to go if you want long lasting unique shoes, bags and belts. Mindful of the environment, Soul Shoes creates products that are made to last, and give the option of having 100% recycled conveyor belt soles, even using recycled shoe boxes for their orders. You will love looking through this shop and the New Zealand craftsmanship that is displayed there.

A woman wearing a leather handbag.

Kanuka Design

1 Wainui Road, Raglan

With a collection of homewares, ceramics, jewellery, books and a whole lot more, Kanuka Design is a store you are going to want to pop in and spend some time searching the shelves. Representing established and emerging artists and celebrating unique New Zealand designs, they are the perfect place to support NZ artists and locals, and for finding beautiful unique pieces for your home or for a gift.

A painting on a wall.

3pm: Afternoon Coffee Raglan Roast

Volcom Lane, Raglan

Head to Raglan Roast for a good ol’ cup of coffee after all of that shopping. Located in their “hole in the wall” coffee shop on Volcom Lane, they roast coffee daily to make sure it's at its freshest and best. The best part is you can take their beans home with you, to keep experiencing the joy a cup of Raglan Roast brings, everyday in the comfort of your own home.

A coffee on a table.

3.30pm: Beers at Georges Beach Club

2 Bow Street, Raglan

Good George cider and beers on tap, wood fired pizzas and 20 flavours of Kapiti Ice Cream right next door, what more could you want to start the evening off with a relaxed beach vibe. If anyone knows how to make great cider, its Good George, and with their extensive menu of drinks ranging from lagers to passionfruit ciders, you’ll want to sit and have a good go at taste testing the lot.

Outdoor seating at George's Beach Club.

Evening

6pm: Dinner at The Wharf Fish and Chips

92 Wallis Street, Raglan

You can’t go to a small beach town without having fish and chips for dinner so head to The Wharf for some of the best fish and chips in Raglan, and a gorgeous view over the harbour too. Serving takeaway fish and chips and coffee as well as fresh or smoked fish and other seafood to take home, you can’t go wrong with hot salty chips and delicious battered fish with the fresh sea air in your lungs.

Close up of a fritter on a table.

8pm: Finish the night at Isobar

23 Bow Street, Raglan

Once you’ve had your fill of salty, crispy goodness we're sure you are ready for a cocktail or two? Head to Isobar for cocktails, NZ craft beer and boutique wine - there’s something for everyone - where you are sure to finish your night with a lot of laughter and fun. Make sure to check what events are on too, as you organise what to do in Raglan.

A cocktail on the table at Isobar.

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