20 Mar Scenes from Raglan
Everyone tells you not to plan too far in advance when you travel. Of course, when planning our trip we completely ignored this advice and scheduled our New Zealand itinerary in precise detail before we left London. It’s only now that we’re actually on the road that we realise how important it is to be flexible; as I type this we’re sat in Taupo, which has the hugest lake in Australasia, plenty of cute bars and cafes and a relaxed atmosphere – as soon as we arrived on a random afternoon trip we loved it and wanted to stay. Luckily we were able to check out of our extremely average hostel in smelly Rotorua and head back here, despite our rigid itinerary.
Another place we wouldn’t have considered visiting in New Zealand had it not been for the fact that some relatives of my mum’s friends were kind enough to invite us to stay with them there was Raglan – and we’re so glad we didn’t miss out on this wonderful place.
Visiting Raglan, New Zealand
It may be small, but what Raglan lacks in size it certainly makes up for in beauty and character. The sea-side town is surrounded by beautiful hills and fields on one side and the shimmering sea on the other. The main town is made up of only a couple of streets packed with independent cafes, shops and bars but it has a really bohemian, laid-back vibe and is bustling with locals, backpackers and tourists – it’s the perfect place to set up camp for a few days and relax. The beaches that wind alongside the town are some of the most spectacular we’ve seen in New Zealand so far and are apparently great for surfing – Jack Johnson even has a holiday house here and we can see why!
We’re so glad we made it to Raglan and would urge anyone who’s visiting the North Island to make a stop there – our only regret is that we didn’t stay longer. Here are some snapshots from our few days in Raglan: