The surf town of Raglan is located on the North Island's West Coast, two hours south of Auckland. Many of the locals are truly 'living the dream', in and around the water all day everyday. Here's a few tips on how to make the most of a day in their piece of paradise...
1. Wake up and go for a surf
Beat the summer sea-breeze that often comes up by mid-morning. Drive along Wainui road and wind your way through the trees to Manu Bay - it's one of the longest waves in New Zealand and the amazing thing is there are 2 similar waves just around the corner - Whale Bay and Indicators.
2. Enjoy the local coffee brew
If you've never surfed before or want to improve your surfing while you're there, UP Surf Coaching offer surf lessons in Raglan for all levels.
You probably don't expect great coffee in a small seaside town right? Try Raglan Roast and you'll soon see why it's earning a big reputation. You can get it at volcom lane in town, the Food Department in Raglan West (try the gelato and pizza too) and also at Rock-It cafe near the beach.
3. Explore the harbour
The Harbour's amazing. Limestone formations, caves and native bush to the water's edge. Just choose your weapon...stand-up paddle board? Kayak? Or for those less active, take the harbour cruise. It's also worth checking out the wharf for great seafood and fish n chips.4. Wander around town
Grab some sushi from the Aloha Marketplace, browse through the shops and galleries. Get an ice-cream while you're at it. Starting to get hungry again? Start your night by watching the sunset from Orca restaurant.5. Check out some live music
Most nights of the summer you'll find live music somewhere. The Harbour View Hotel, Orca bar, Valentes and the Bow St Depot all have regular gigs to get the night going. After that head over to the Yot Club (Yotty) where the partying kicks up a gear.
That's it – get some sleep, wake up, repeat.
- Andrew Lucas