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 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.

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* Back Your Backyard: The best day trips from Hamilton
* Raglan: Come for the surf, stay for the unique food and coffee
* Why there’s more to Raglan than just being a surfing mecca

Solscape has its very own cafe.

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Solscape has its very own cafe.

Morning

Wake up at Solscape’s Family Bach

611 Wainui Road

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 5 people with two bedrooms and plenty of space to relax. Solscape even has its very own Cafe – The Conscious Kitchen – which serves plant-based organic goodness with fresh produce being harvested on-site!

Rock-it Kitchen: the perfect place to create the vibe for your day.

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Rock-it Kitchen: the perfect place to create the vibe for your day.

Breakfast at Rock-It Kitchen

248 Wainui Road

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.

Shopping at Atamira

11 Bankart Street

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.

11am: Raglan Rock

33 Simon Road

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 is supplied, means you just have to turn up with the enthusiasm and the spirit of adventure.

Afternoon

Walk to 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 viewpoint for more glorious views. The track is 10 minutes one way and the higher viewing platforms are suitable for wheelchairs and prams!

Lunch at The Shack

19 Bow Street

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.

Tony Sly Pottery.

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Tony Sly Pottery.

Shopping local. Start at Tony Sly Pottery

90 Wallis Street

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.

Soul Shoes:

2 Wallis Street

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 per cent recycled conveyor belt soles, even using recycled shoeboxes for their orders. You will love looking through this shop and the NZ craftsmanship that is displayed there.

Kanuka Design

1 Wainui Road

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 NZ 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.

Afternoon Coffee

Raglan Roast

Head to Raglan Roast for a good ole 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, every day in the comfort of your own home.

Beers at Georges Beach Club

2 Bow Street

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. With their extensive menu of drinks ranging from larger to passion fruit ciders, you’ll want to sit and have a good go at taste-testing the lot.

Dinner at The Wharf Fish and Chips

92 Wallis Street

You can’t go to a small beach town without having fish and chips for dinner so head to The Wharf for 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.

Finish your night at Isobar.

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Finish your night at Isobar.

Finish the night at Isobar

23 Bow Street

Once you’ve had your fill of salty, crispy goodness I’m 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.

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