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Waikato: Central North Island road trip


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Whale Bay, Raglan Whale Bay, Raglan

From Port Waikato the road follows the west coast. It is 113 km to your next destination. Raglan is New Zealand’s original surf town. Surfing culture in Raglan has embraced wanderlust as a town motto. Testing yourself against the surf is one of the top things to do in town.

Yet Raglan is more than a surf beach destination there is a thriving art scene supported by local weekend visitors, burgeoning food scene with locally sourced ingredients creating a culinary hit with visitors as well as stunning scenery. Landscapes range from west coast surf beaches to inland spectacular waterfalls and quiet gravel roads leading to towns steeped in the history of New Zealand. There are opportunities to explore the North Island without the crowds congregating around the postcard destinations.


  • Surf beaches
  • Water based fun
  • Walks among native bush within sight and sound of the ocean
  • Beyond Raglan, hidden gems

Beyond Raglan:

  • Kawhia hot water beach
  • Aotea Beach
  • Walks, mountains and landscapes
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