Long stretches of black sand and idyllic surf spots, come and enjoy some of Raglan's best spots for swimming, surfing, or sunbathing!
Ngarunui (sometimes called Ocean Beach, Main Beach or Wainui Beach) is the main sandy swimming beach in Raglan.
A magnificent blacksand surfing beach, it’s ideal for swimming, is perfect for learning to surf or simply sunbathing on the sand.
The beach has an area patrolled by surf lifesavers (October to April) immediately in front of the access trail to the beach.
Manu Bay (also known as The Point) is a world famous surfing area.
It is about six km south of Raglan. The surf at Manu Bay came to international attention in 1966 after Manu Bay was featured in the movie ‘Endless Summer’.
Manu Bay is the home of the Point Board Rider’s Club who hold regular competitions. Every year Manu Bay is also home to several international surfing competitions.
Whale Bay is a coastal community nestled between Mount Karioi and the ocean, about 8km south of Raglan.
Much of the area around Whale Bay is covered with native tree forest up to the summit of Mount Karioi. The famous and dramatic gravel surfaced Waanga Coast Road starts at Whale Bay and heads south to Ruapuke between Mount Karioi and the Tasman Sea.
The surf at Whale Bay is world renowned.
Ruapuke is a sandy beach, wild and remote located 22km from Raglan. It’s dangerous for swimmers here, but popular with surf-casting fisherfolk.
The drive here from Raglan is mostly unsealed past Whale Bay, though there are some fantastic views out over the wild west coast as it winds around Mt. Karioi.