Guide12 Hours Raglan
Casual beachy vibes, good people, good food are what make Raglan what it is. A township with a penchant for zero waste and keeping New Zealand beautiful, follow our guide to make the most of your day trip.
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 summertime 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.
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!
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 past. It is the perfect place to create the vibe for your day. You'll see why low-key and relaxed are words that perfectly describe Raglan.
10am: Shopping at Atamira
11 Bankart Street, Raglan
Feeling 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.
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 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 the enthusiasm and the spirit of adventure.
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
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.
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 handmade pottery for cooks using colours from our landscapes - watery greens with turquoise soft blues and whites inspired by the harbour where his studio is located. From pasta bowls to mugs and utensil jars, you’ll want to take a piece of Raglan home with you.
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.
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 New Zealand artists and locals, and for finding beautiful unique pieces for your home or for a gift.
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.
3:30pm: Beers at Georges Beach Club
2 Bow Street, Raglan
Good George offers cider and beers on tap, wood-fired pizzas, and 20 flavours of Kapiti Ice Cream next door. What more could you want than to start the evening off with a relaxed beach vibe? If anyone knows how to make great cider, it's 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.
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.
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, New Zealand craft beer, and boutique wine - there’s something for everyone - where you are sure to finish your night with a lot of fun. Make sure to check what events are on too, as you organise what to do in Raglan.