But it’s winter, what should we do?
Raglan, or Whaingaroa as it is traditionally known, is a small town located on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Raglan is known for its rugged landscapes, beautiful beaches, and world-class surf breaks. While Raglan is known as a popular destination during the summer months, there are still plenty of things to do in winter.
Here are some of our team’s suggestions:
Surfing: Raglan is famous for its consistent surf breaks, and winter is actually the best time to catch some waves. The beaches can be less crowded, and the waves tend to be bigger and more powerful.
Hiking: There are plenty of great hikes in and around Raglan, including several tracks on the beautiful Mt. Karioi, which offers stunning views of the coastline and the surrounding countryside.
Hot springs: Head down the coast slightly to Kawhia and dig your very own hot pools! Check the tides and take your spade to enjoy a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs right on the main beach!
Art and culture: Raglan has a thriving arts scene, with plenty of galleries, studios, and workshops to explore. Check out the Raglan Arts Weekend for a chance to see local artists in action.
Local markets: The Raglan Creative Market, is a must-visit for anyone in the area. It’s a great place to pick up local produce, crafts, and souvenirs.
Food and drink: Raglan has a great selection of cafes, restaurants, and bars, serving up everything from gourmet burgers to craft beer. If you’re a bit of a beer connoisser then don’t miss out on our favourite brewery, and get yourselves down to the guys at Workshop Brewing on Park Drive!
Canyoning: Of course, we couldn’t forget to add our very own adventure! Canyoning in Winter is another level, and once kitted in our state-of-the-art canyoning suits you won’t even notice the temperature outside!
Overall, there’s plenty to do in Raglan in winter, whether you’re a surf enthusiast, nature lover, or culture vulture.