You never have to look far to find romantic inspiration in Raglan – beautiful beaches and big ocean views create a backdrop so picturesque it could put a spell on even the hardest of hearts.
But hands down the most swoon-worthy time of year to visit is autumn, when the summer crowds have melted away and the sunsets take shimmering curtain calls. So if you’re looking to up your courting game, right about now would be the perfect time to book a visit. Here’s how to add extra fizzle to your stay.
Magical beach walks
Meander hand-in-hand along the black sands of Ngarunui Beach. At this time of year, late afternoon is the loveliest time to aim for – you’ll get the last of the day’s sunshine and still have ample time to find a secluded spot for the sunset show. Bonus points for taking along a blanket and a bottle of bubbles!
Heavenly horse riding
Pounding hooves equals pounding hearts. Surf & Turf Horse Riding offer beach rides, sunset rides and full moon night rides. Head to their website for full booking details.
Out on the town
If you’re the kind of couple who prefer a night on the tiles to a quiet night in, Raglan town has options. Pre-dinner drinks are best enjoyed on the deck of the Harbourview Hotel, while hot spots for tasty dining include The Shack and Orca Restaurant and Bar. If you’re visiting on a weekend, bands regularly perform at the Yot Club, the Harbourview Hotel and the Raglan Club. Raglan 23 has a regularly-updated gigs page.
Hunker down in style
Of course, what you might really be craving is a few days of pampering and luxury right in your apartment. Luckily, spa soaks, ocean-gazing and delicious food delivered direct to your door is always on the menu at Waoku Lodge. Check availability here.