Raglan is surrounded by beautiful black sand beaches which range from family friendly bays to some of the best surf beaches in the world.
Manu Bay is a world-famous surf beach just 8km west from Raglan town. The long, peeling left-hand break, said to offer one of the longest rides in the world and attracts hundred of international surfers each year. It featured in the 1966 surfing film Endless Summer. If you're not riding the waves it's a great place to spot some great surf talent!
Te Kopua Beach
Te Kopua Beach in Raglan Town can be accessed by footbridge and is a popular family spot. The estuary offers calm waters for swimming or if you're feeling adventurous - take a leap from the footbridge into the water!
Ngarunui (Ocean) Beach
Ocean Beach, located 5kms west of Raglan town is a large, expansive black sand beach, perfect for long beach walks or picnics in the sand. It’s a popular spot for surfing, bodyboarding and swimming and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer.
Just a little further on from Manu Bay sit the challenging breaks of Whale Bay and Indicators. Do not attempt these waves if you are a beginner or faint hearted. The scenery is picturesque and it's one of the best places to watch the sunset as the surfers ride the twilight waves.