Raglan is relatively remote holiday day destination on the West Coast of the Nth Island. Raglan is also one of the premier surfing destinations in New Zealand. Raglan is a ‘with it’ and modern community that shows in the town’s vibrancy.
Raglan is 50 kms west of Hamilton and a number of Raglanites are commuters, mixing the best of the resort and work. Raglan has a population of circa 3,000.
The first Europeans to settle in the area were the Rev James and Mary Wallis who were Wesleyan Missionaries that local Maori embraced and welcomed in 1835. European settlement including large scale conversion of land to pasture commenced in earnest almost 20 years after the mission in the mid 1850’s.
The local Raglan economy was supported initially by flax and timber exports, these were followed by farming and dairy which are still the mainstays of the area. Tourism and the arts are also significant contributors to the current economy.
The Bridal Veil Falls are a not to missed excursion whilst at or is driving through to Kawhia.