It is world renown for its black volcanic sand and famous left hand surf break at Manu Bay . This break attracts surfers from all over the world and has been host to many International surfing competitions.
This coastal town has a population of 3.500 (Statistics NZ, 2004). The winter period sees a drop off in the tourist numbers; however during the summer period of October through to late autumn, the town is a buzz with hype and activity.
The holiday makers and tourists flock to the coastal township, attracted by the laid back bohemian lifestyle; it is a means of escapism from the city and daily grind of everyday life. It has been said, once you visit Raglan, you may find it hard to leave.
With not only a rich and colourful history, it also boasts breathtaking, panoramic views of the Tasman Sea . A must is visiting the Harbourview Hotel which takes pride of place on the main street,. Sit and enjoy a coffee, wine or beer on the front terrace and admire the palm trees and backdrop of Mt Karioi (the majestic dormant volcano). This sleeping lady dominates the coastal town and is almost hypnotic.
Source: Raglan Information Centre