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Raglan

Walking and Hiking

From Raglan, a number of walks and hikes give you wonderful views of the coastline and take you through splendid native bush. The closest and easiest is from the township itself, through Wainui Reserve to gorgeous Ngarunui Beach. You can climb above coastal bluffs to a lookout point and enjoy the drama of the kite surfers at play at Ocean (Ngarunui) Beach, or follow the beach (except at high spring tides) all the way (6 km). Ask for a brochure at the Raglan Information Centre. Don't leave valuables in your vehicle while you're away walking.

Bridal Veil Falls. A 10-minute shaded hike from the parking lot leads through native forest to the spectacle of the falls. Two viewing platforms are near the top of the 150-foot drop. This section of track is wheelchair accessible. Another much steeper track continues to a midway-viewing platform; from there a 10-minute trail descends to a bridge and viewing platform at the base of the falls. The tall trees and the sight of the falls cascading over the hard basalt cliff are worth the effort required for the return climb. The falls are 20 km (12 miles) south of Raglan via the Kawhia road.

Mt. Karioi. Although somewhat more difficult than the Bridal Veil Falls trail, the walk up Mt. Karioi is great. Some sections are quite steep, so good walking gear and a positive attitude are required, but it's worth the challenge for the fantastic views of the coast. The Mt. Karioi Track, from Te Toto Gorge at Whaanga Road, climbs to a lookout and then the summit (3–3½ hours one-way). Wairake Track, from Karioi Road, is a shorter, steeper summit option (2–3 hours one-way).

The Department of Conservation. This department manages tracks and surrounding conservation land. The Raglan Information Centre can also provide maps. 07/858–1000 Hamilton.

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