WAOKU LODGE, WHALE BAY, RAGLAN
Raglan’s rolling surf, deep blue harbour waters and bush-clad hills are more than just a feast for the eyes. Here’s how to immerse yourself fully in Raglan’s stunning outdoor scenery.
Paddleboarding and Kayaking
For a different perspective of Raglan – and guaranteed peace and quiet – head into the harbour atop a paddleboard or kayak. The calm waters of the inner estuary provide a safe place to practise your technique, while a slightly longer paddle will bring you face-to-face with some of our coastline’s loveliest features: secluded bays, intriguing rock formations and hidden waterfalls. Paddleboard and kayak rentals are available for independent exploring, or book a guided tour to uncover the harbour’s most hidden secrets.
Raglan’s long, left-hand point breaks attract surfers from around the world. Indicators and Whale Bay are just a short stroll from Waoku Lodge, while Manu Bay and Ngarunui Beach are a little further down the road. If you’re a beginner or inexperienced surfer, head to the beach, where surf lessons, board hire and less extreme waves are on offer. (Due to fast-moving currents and hidden rocks, Indicators, Whale Bay and Manu Bay are best left to expert wave-riders).
When the wind’s blowing from the west, kiteboarders flock to Wainamu Beach (at the end of Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive). If you fancy learning to fly over the water, a lesson with a qualified instructor provides a fun entry point to this highly-addictive sport.
Snapper, gurnard, kahawai, trevally, flounder, and even the occasional kingfish can all be found in Raglan Harbour. Fishing from a kayak lets you roam at your own pace: it’s tranquil, relaxing and, when that line starts singing, a mighty adrenaline buzz, too. Half or full-day adventures are available, along with fully-equipped fishing kayaks.
Hop aboard the Wahine Moa for a sunset spin around the harbour. Cruises depart Thursday to Sundays from the Raglan Wharf during the summer season. A licensed bar is available onboard.
Meander across farmland, canter along the beach, or ride off into the sunset. Treks are available to suit all ability levels, from complete beginners to more experienced riders.
Caving and Canyoning
Discover the subterranean wonderland that lives below our rolling hills. Squeeze and slide your way through a labyrinth of stalactite formations, illuminated by glowworms. Scramble your way up streams and waterfalls. Various thrill-inducing routes are available, including night tours.
Biking & Mountain Biking
Biking routes abound in Raglan: pedal your way along the scenic coast road to Te Toto Gorge, admire the 360-degree views from the top of the Te Uku Wind Farm Pipiwharauroa Biking Trail, or cruise the quiet country roads around Bridal Veil Falls. Alternatively, head to the new mountain bike park at the end of Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive, where you’ll find a series of short, flowing trails through scenic pine forest. Ocean Trails – Te Ara Kakariki is suitable for all ability levels. Pick up a map of the trails from The Cyclery Raglan in town for $2.
To arrange any of these activities during your stay, please contact us on 07 825 7072, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.