Your guide to surfing Raglan

With world-class surf breaks and some of the consistent surf in the country, Raglan is a hot-spot for surf enthusiasts. Please respect surf etiquette and also help the locals look after the environment by picking up any rubbish and leaving only footprints.

For more surf reports and forecasts go to:
Check out the conditions with the NIWA webcams:
For the Raglan bar and beach
For Ngaranui Beach.

Where to surf

Ngarunui (Ocean) Beach

Located 5km west of town this large stretch of beach offers lots of wave riding potential. A good spot for the less experienced and beginner surfers.

If you’re new to the sport a lesson is a great way to get started. Go to our Recreational Activities page, for a variety of options.

The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during high season.

Manu Bay

8km west from Raglan town lies the world-famous surf break Manu Bay. The long, peeling left-hand break, said to offer one of the longest rides in the world, featured in the 1966 surfing film Endless Summer.
Manu forecast

Raglan surfing

Whale Bay

Just a little further on from Manu Bay sit the challenging breaks of Whale Bay and Indicators. Access to the surf is through the Whale Bay carpark and over the rocks. Whale Bay connects through to the Valley and Indicators to the west. Not recommended for beginners or the faint hearted.


Go here when Raglan is flat or 1 foot and Ruapuke will be 3 – 4 feet. Best winds are from the easterly quarter. Ruapuke is a nice wave when its on. It packs some serious power. Drive out along the coast from Raglan along the gravel road, 20 mins. Watch out for cliffs. Nice views. Or drive out toward Bridal Veil falls from Hamilton.
Ruapuke forecast