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Raglan, Waikato




Raglan is proudly the hometown of New Zealand’s surfing culture – and the longest left-hand surf break in the world – plus an arty bohemian feel to the place that is like none other.


With a growing coffee and foodie scene, art galleries with artists’ in residence, and a nod to holistic healing and empowerment, Raglan is the home of relaxation and fun.


This quaint coastal town is renowned for its natural beauty – stunning black sand beaches, amazing limestone coasts, vibrant nature walks and picturesque waterfalls can all be found here. Mt Karioi overlooks the town, while mountain bike trails loop around lush forestry and farmland.
An easy 40-minute drive from Hamilton, Raglan Holiday Park is the ideal place to stay, with a boat ramp and sandy beach just metres from its central location. Children can enjoy the large playground and skatepark, while surfers can enjoy the world-famous waves nearby. Raglan Holiday Park have tent, caravan and campervan sites; backpacker accommodation, cabins and motel units – something to suit every travellers’ needs.


Raglan is a true slice of kiwi paradise, full of great experiences, events and friendly locals.


Here is a little taste of the event life in Raglan and the wider Waikato region to help you plan your next getaway.


January – Annually


Held each year in January, Soundsplash is a boutique multi-genre music festival with a sublime combination of local and international acts over three days. As Raglan’s premier annual music event, Soundsplash has built a reputation on amazing acts, family-friendly atmosphere and fun vibes.


Balloons over Waikato
March – Annually


New Zealand’s largest free event – held each year in March throughout the wider Waikato region. Each morning over five days, the balloons take flight from 7.30am in different parts of the region, flying together to designated areas. Balloons in all shapes, sizes and colours fill the sky – with the event culminating in the renowned Zuru Nightglow where balloons glow to orchestrated music.


Raglan Karioi Trail Event
December – Annually


For those looking for a great physical challenge, the Raglan Karioi Trail event is it. Choose from 24km, 10km and 5km events. Take on the 24km challenge – with an eight-hour time limit and an ascent of “just” 1850m, this one can also be completed by a team. Meanwhile, the 10km event has a 900m ascent. The 5km event is family friendly and caters for participants of any age or fitness level. Held each year in December, the trail run is a favourite of local athletes. Trail shoes and determination are a must!


Pirongia Boxing Day Races
Boxing Day – Annually


More than a century in the making, the Pirongia Boxing Day Races are a local rarity. The Pirongia Golf Course is transformed the week before the event into a horse racing track with curved railing. Come Boxing Day, thousands of people flock to the quaint Waikato village with their picnics crammed full of Christmas leftovers, sun umbrellas and picnic rugs, for a day in the sun. Attractions change each year – from Clydesdales, vintage cars, and children’s activities – and a fun family day for all is always delivered.


For more information on Raglan and the surrounding area visit Hamilton & Waikato NZ


Photo Credits: Raglan Holiday Park, Hamilton & Waikato NZ and Event Website/listings



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