History of Raglan

First called Whaingaroa village, in 1858 it was renamed after Lord Raglan, British commander in the Crimean War.

Raglan by the Sea

In 1987, broadcaster Gary McCormick paid a visit to Raglan and the result was “Raglan by the Sea”, which eventually lead to the “Heartland” TV series. Gary catches up with his mates in the legendary Raglan Mudsharks band, and meets some of the locals who make Raglan what it is.

Early days of surfing

“We had no idea that it was one of the best premiere left-hand surf breaks in the world.”

2011 documentary “Lost Paradise” takes a look at the early days of surfing in Raglan, including the discovery of what was later to be regarded as one of the best surf spots in the world.

Visit the Raglan Museum

Visit our beautifully curated museum - filled with rich Raglan history. Located through the iSITE on Wainui Road.


Adults: $2

School-Aged Children: $1

Pre-Schoolers: Free


Current Exhibitions:

  • World War One: Raglan Remembers

  • THEN - heritage photo collection

  • James and Mary Wallis and Te Awa-i-taia

  • TB Hill apothecary collection

  • Old technology

  • Native birds

  • Surfing Exhibition

  • Te Horea Bird Family Collection

  • Tangata Whenua

  • Eva Rickard – The Raglan Golf Course Dispute

and much more!