Instead of a winter getaway to the tropics this year, a winter getaway to Raglan is well worth the effort. While we’re all still adjusting to the new normal, there’s so many great opportunities to get out and travel your own backyard, and Raglan isn’t limited to it’s places to visit or things to do. We thought we’d share our pick of wholesome, valuable and adventurous things to do in Raglan while you’re planning a weekend trip to our little coastal town or simply keen to get out and enjoy your own backyard a little more!
Learn to surf at Ngarunui Beach
We’ll get the obvious one out of the way first, because you can’t really go past a surf lesson at one of our world-class surf breaks. Yes, it may be a little cold, but you’d be surprised how quickly you warm up paddling against the Raglan current in a thick wetsuit!
Enjoy some Yoga in the heart of Raglan
As you can imagine, Yoga is a popular pass time here in Raglan, which means we have some great studios to choose from! The Space is a popular spot as it’s right in town so you can grab your Raglan Roast flat white on your way out, and the Yoga Loft is a studio slightly out of town, but offers a larger space for their classes. Both warm and welcoming studios with amazing teachers. They also have a yoga studio at Raglan’s famous eco lodge Solscape, set up on the coastal hills of Raglan with an incredible view of the coastline. Check their timetables online via the links below.
Raglan walking tracks
You can explore some of New Zealand’s dense native bush, visit hidden waterfalls, climb a mountain and get some of the best views of the West coast all by foot in Raglan! Raglan offers a variety of great walking routes and trails, including the Te Ara Kakariki which is a mountain bike and horse riding trail that you can access near the beach at the end of Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive. Visit our Favourite Raglan walks blog post here for all the best walking tracks in the area.
You can also now access some of Rangitahi’s new walking tracks on the peninsula, which can be accessed on the western side of the peninsula linking through to Te Hutewai Rd.
Treat yourself to a Massage set amongst nature
Raglan’s a little spoilt when it comes to massage therapists! You won’t regret booking a massage with any of our lovely local therapists, who are each unique in their offerings. Haven Massage offer a variety of treatments whether it’s a massage for injury, stress or just pure relaxation, you will be treated in a beautiful little studio perched right amongst the bush. Here you will relax and unwind to the sounds of cicadas and all the surrounding bird life, it’s truly magical!
Rain massage is another beautiful zen studio space perched right next to the harbour, where you will be able to restore your being with a Relaxation or deep tissue massage and a personalised essential oil blend. You also have the choice to incorporate 10 minutes of Reiki during your session. Brodie at Rain massage has a truly beautiful presence and spirit that will take you away to another place during your treatment. Highly recommend!
Raglan Seaside massage is another beautiful clinic set amidst nature on the coastal hills of Raglan. Michelle has been specialising in healing through massage based out of her Raglan clinic for over 20 years!
Spoilt for choice! Head to their websites via the links below.
Experience Raglan’s coast on Horseback
Looking for something a little more adventurous? If you’ve got an adventurous spirit and want to do something a little different, you can explore our beautiful coast on horseback! Wild Coast Ruapuke offer incredibly unique horse treks over their farm and up Mt Karioi where not only will you have amazing views, you’ll get to ride through native bush, over streams and on the beautiful Ruapuke beach! They cater for all abilities and will provide a unique experience you won’t forget (or regret!) Book via their website here.
Visit our local Galleries
Our beautiful little town boasts creativity, a variety of local artists and galleries cluster around the place and are a great weekend activity. You can access a handy map to the various artists studios here, otherwise there are a few in town we would recommend visiting (and maybe purchasing something) while you’re here. One of our favourites would have to be local surf and landscape photographer B.rex photo design, a local of 45 years, Barrie captures Raglan at its best. His open studio is located right in town on Volcom Lane.
The Monster company are another local art studio well known for their quirky handmade ceramic treasures. A creative collab between 3 artists who work from an open workshop and gallery at 58 Wallis Street, Raglan. Definitely worth a visit!
Head to the wharf for fish and chips
There are a great selection of local businesses down at the Raglan wharf that are also worth the visit, including local potter Tony Sly, and it’s a picturesque spot to spend your afternoon while enjoying some local fish and chips! Try and time it with high tide as it’s beautiful at sunset on the high tide.
Why not come and check out our beautiful sections while you’re here, and make this a part of your lifestyle. Book a viewing via our booking page here. Available every weekend.