Lakes and beaches
8km west from Raglan town lies the world-famous surf break Manu Bay. The long, peeling left-hand break, said to offer one of the longest rides in the world, featured in the 1966 surfing film Endless Summer. Ride the waves or grab a grandstand view of the action.
Te Kopua Beach
A popular beach reserve just across the footbridge from the Raglan town area. It is used mainly by beach goers wanting a safe swim, a picnic at the beach, or a walk along the beach or around the reserve. There are public toilets and changing rooms just along from the picnic areas.
Ngarunui (Ocean) Beach
Located 5km west of town this wide expanse of black sand beach lends itself to lazy beach walks and picnics in the sand. It’s also a popular spot for surfing, body boarding and swimming. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during high season. Access from Wainui Road or Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive.
Just a little further on from Manu Bay sit the challenging breaks of Whale Bay and Indicators. Not recommended for beginners or the faint hearted. If surfing’s not your thing take a walk along the rocks and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Bring a picnic and watch the spectacular sunsets.
A man-made lake on the Waikato River and is renowned as a world-class rowing venue. A number of water sports events are held at the lake including yachting, power boating, canoeing and water skiing. The centre of the action is Lake Karapiro Domain where camping and lodge facilities are available.