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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 through tall, native forest from the parking lot leads to the easily-reached spectacle of the falls. Two viewing platforms are near the top of the 150-foot drop. This section of track is wheelchair accessible. Another extremely steep 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 native 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 mi) south of Raglan; take the Kawhia road from town.
Mt. Karioi. A great walk, although somewhat more difficult than the Bridal Veil Falls trail, is up Mt. Karioi. Some sections are quite steep, so good walking gear and a positive attitude are required. It's worth the challenge for the fantastic views of the coast. The Te Toto Gorge Track takes about 2½ hours (one-way) to a lookout. Wairake Track, from Whaanga Road, is another option to the summit (2 to 3 hours one-way).
The Department of Conservation. The Department of Conservation manages other tracks and surrounding conservation land. The Raglan Information Centre can also provide maps. 07/858–1000 Hamilton.
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