Take a leisurely drive from Auckland to Raglan

The popular little coastal settlement of Raglan is just 159 km from Auckland, two hours away. This scenic route is one of the most popular destinations for a weekend getaway. Whether you're taking a car from Auckland to Raglan or exploring other parts of New Zealand, this journey is a must-do.

Auckland to Raglan Map.

Auckland to Raglan Map

Raglan's stunning West Coast 

Raglan is a West Coast surf beach with black sand. It’s pretty spectacular. I'm not a surfer myself, but I am told that Manu Bay on this coast has the longest, most accessible and consistent left-hand break in the world. If you have the required skill level, you can catch a wave and cruise for up to two kilometres. Manu Bay (known as The Point) was featured in the 1966 cult surfing movie Endless Summer.

For a magnificent view, head up to the Bridal Veil Falls—the walk will be well worth it! This stunning waterfall is just a short drive from the Raglan city centre and is a popular spot for picnics and photos.

Raglan’s black sand beach

If you're more of a paddler than a surfer, be sure to swim between the flags where lifeguards are patrolling the beach. Like most surfing beaches—and certainly all West Coast beaches—rips can be a hazard.

Remember to pack your jandals, as the black sands get very hot underfoot. You'll also need a thick blanket if you're lying on the sand in the height of summer. Sunblock, of course, is a necessity. (And anyway, nothing feels more like summer than a little black sand stuck to your sunscreen!)

Raglan's unique local culture

The locals here are full of character, and this part of the country has always attracted people keen to escape the rat race and enjoy a bit of surfing, music, art/craft and a sustainable lifestyle. Raglan town is a hub of creativity, with many local artists and craftspeople showcasing their work in the town's galleries and shops.

Teens will love jumping off the Raglan Bridge or joining the crowd at the enormous skateboard bowl by the water. 

Local businesses can help you with everything you need, from great coffee to hiring a fishing rod, surfboard, paddleboard, or kayak. 

Two kayakers enjoying the beauty of Raglan.

Kayakers enjoying the beauty of Raglan

Dining in Raglan

Raglan's restaurants and cafes are open from dawn until relatively late, although it's hard to go past fish and chips on the beach at sunset!

Deals on booking nearby accommodation

When planning your Auckland to Raglan drive, check out the available hotels in Auckland and Raglan, and check out our Auckland accommodation deals - in conjunction with an Omega car rental, you can save up to 15% on your booking with selected hotels. Check out our Hot Deals page for more information.

Planning things to do on your road trip

We also have a great range of key tag bonus deals for Auckland and the surrounding areas. We’ve partnered with local providers to offer you special deals and discounts when you show your Omega keytag. Look out for our Auckland keytag partners here to check out on your way to or from Raglan.

You’ll find options for every budget and travel style. Consider booking some tours or activities in Raglan in advance, especially if you're visiting during peak season. 

Planning your Auckland to Raglan trip

Need a car for your journey from Auckland to Raglan? Omega offers a great range of high-quality rental vehicles - ask for a free quote or book online today.

Whether you visit Raglan for a day or stay longer, this charming New Zealand town and its surroundings will leave a lasting impression. Plan your Auckland to Raglan trip today and discover the beauty of New Zealand's West Coast for yourself!

Photos courtesy of www.raglan.net.nz