Raglan’s town-and-back Inlet Track is a classic ride in this beach-side paradise. The 10km round trip travels on wonderful beachlands, through tussock landscapes along a gentle gradient trail with views across the shallow inlets of Whaingaroa Harbour. Not just a mountain bike trail, this track has been built for shared use and it is likely you will pass walkers and families as you travel along this coastal ride.
The Raglan Inlet Track is a perfect spin for families and those looking for a little coastal exercise. The trail starts on the Main Road in town until it reaches the cul-de-sac at the end of Robertson Street where it meets an inlet of the harbour. From here it winds around the harbour edge until it rejoins Wainui Road at the bridge. Cross the bridge and then rejoin the trail off Opotoru Road, crossing the inlet via an impressive tidal walkway. The trail continues to the golf course from here. At the end of the trail you can either return along the same route, or carry on back down the road to town.
- Keep an eye out for orca (killer whales) in Whaingaroa Harbour – these majestic giants often enter the harbour from the Tasman Sea to hunt stingray.
- A kayak trip at high tide across the harbour to the northern side will reveal a series of pancake like rock structures and archways to explore.
- Bridal Veil Falls (Wairēinga) is a 55m waterfall on the outskirts of town near Te Mata. The 10-minute walk into this beautiful area is steep, but worth the effort.
The Raglan Inlet Track is best accessed from Raglan. Raglan is a 40-minute drive (45km) from Hamilton. Hamilton is a one-and-a-half hour drive from Auckland Airport (112km). Access to the trail is from the cul-de-sac on Robertson Street, just off Main Road at the top of Bow Street.
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If you want to learn about the local ways of life, tune into the online Raglan Chronicle.
Raglan has an excellent information centre which is based in the centre of the township, see Raglan.net for all you need to know.
The Raglan i-Site is a great place to visit for local information.
Raglan Kayak offers guided kayaking trips onto the harbour – your best chance to encounter orca.