Boating and Kayaking
Raglan Boat Charters. If it's a social harbor cruise you're after, try a two-hour sunset sail aboard the Wahinemoe, a 70-person purpose-built catamaran. It runs daily November to April and includes a barbecue dinner (NZ$49). For a quieter, more low-key one-hour cruise (NZ$30), opt for Harmony Scenic Cruises, whose skipper, Ian Hardie, knows his way around the harbor's tidal inlets and bays. From Harmony III, you can see forest reserves, historic habitation sites, isolated beaches, the "pancakes" (limestone outcrops), seabirds, and perhaps the pod of orca that occasionally visits the harbor. This tour runs all year, with times based on the tides. Reservations are essential for both cruises. The Wahinemoe operates from Raglan Wharf, in Wallis Street, while Harmony III sets off from the Raglan jetty, in the township at the end of Bow Street. 07/825–7873. www.raglanboatcharters.co.nz.
Raglan Kayak. There's no better way to explore huge Raglan Harbour than on nature's terms with Steve and Candide Reid. Local boy Steve searched the world for the perfect place to work on water, then realized it was back home. People of any age and ability are welcome on his daily trip, where the focus is on paddling with the tide and wind, swimming on secluded beaches, great scenery, espresso, and home-baked goodies. Trips run for three hours (NZ$75). Kayaks are also available for rent (NZ$20 single, NZ$30 tandem per hour; NZ$40–$60 per half day; NZ $50–$80 per day). Closed Easter to end of October. 07/825–8862.