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4 Best Surfing Spots in Raglan

Published: 1 August 2019
Last Updated: 1 August 2019

With world-class surf breaks and some of the consistent surf within the country, Raglan is a hot-spot for surf enthusiasts.

Whale Bay

Not recommended for beginners or the faint of heart, Whale Bay is a break that will test you and not readily forgive any mistakes. With that being said, should you’re up to the challenge and one with your board you might have a rippingly good day out in the swell here. It's best on the lower tide, so jump off the stone in the stage -- western end of the bay to join the line-up. Be cautious on those rocks because you only get one chance with them. The tide begins with a easy dip in into a fat section. It pays to be careful at this stage as there's a big rock to prevent in the middle of the break.

Ngarunui Beach

Situated 5km west of Raglan this large stretch of beach offers a lot of wave riding potential. In an area famous for its unforgiving, rocky breaks this a good place for the less experienced and beginner surfers. The one thing that you’ll hear in Raglan is that Indicators, Manu Bay and Whale Bay will really test your limits, whereas Ngarunui Beach is much more laid-back and perfect for those that want the consistent conditions that Raglan is so famed for without dealing with waves that could be over their ability level.


Proceed when Raglan is flat or 1 foot and Ruapuke is going to be 3 to 4 thighs. Best winds come from the easterly quarter. Ruapuke is a wonderful wave when its on. It packs some intense power. Drive out along the shore from Raglan along the gravel road, 20 mins. This is probably the most flexible break in the region as it caters for all abilities and can be subjected to lots of swell. There are a variety of peaks along the beach to pick from with both the left and right handers, and the waves are strong with barrels on offer. As you can imagine, it gets pretty busy , so be sure you’re conscious of the local surfing etiquette with regards to going for waves.

Manu Bay

8km west from Raglan town is located 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 at the 1966 surfing movie Endless Summer. This long, peeling left-hand break is said to offer one of the longest rides in the world and may be located a mere 8km west of Raglan town. This is probably the most well-known and beloved surf place in the Raglan area, and the tide itself ranges from two to ten thighs. It's a long left-hand point break on a boulder beach, and the wave reels round the whole bay and around past the boat ramp.

Article by: Brett
Category : Raglan activities

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