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You’re Going To Love Raglan’s Laid-Back Atmosphere And Here’s Why

By Wild Kiwi Team
on  March 19, 2018

A surfing mecca teeming with free-thinking creatives and an abundance of super-cool hangout spots, we reckon Raglan on New Zealand’s North Island is the perfect starting place to your New Zealand road trip!

Surfing hotspots on a New Zealand road trip - Take on the waves

Catch Those Waves

Raglan and surfing are two peas in a pod, so much so that you might recognise Manu Bay from the cult 1960s film Endless Summer (and if you don’t you should totally watch it during your trip!).

If you aren’t an experienced surfer you won’t have to look far for a friendly instructor who will have you up on your feet in no time. And if surfing isn’t your cup of tea, you won’t feel at all left out because Ocean Beach is an ideal location for a spot of body boarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming. It’s also a pretty swell sunbathing spot for those wanting to soak in the rays with a chilled drink in hand!

Chilled Out Café Culture

You won’t regret snapping up the perfect spot in one of the local cafés outdoor seating areas. Sit back with your drink of choice (we recommend an espresso!), and relax while soaking in your surroundings and indulging in a spot of people watching.

Enjoy A Chilled Saunter Around Raglan Township

The streets of Raglan township are bursting with super-cool galleries, surf shops, bars, and boutiques. You can never be quite sure what a wander around will reveal but you’ll probably uncover at least a few treasures that will make ideal souvenirs or brilliant gifts for your mates back home.

Connect With People On Your New Zealand Road Trip

Raglan is a region that attracts a unique variety of people and as everyone is super friendly, we’re almost certain you’ll make at least one new friend during your time here. Don’t miss an opportunity to strike up a conversation with someone new because, in Raglan, everyone has a unique story to tell.

See, we told you we’d make sure your North Island experience gets off to the best possible start!

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