Raglan on the west coast of the Waikato region and a short drive from Hamilton is world famous for its surf. It came to prominence in the 1966 movie ‘Endless Summer’ and is reputed to have the longest left-hand surf break in the world. The waves attract all manner of wave-riders from boogie boarders, surfers to the high flying kite-surfers which are amazing to watch. And for the uninitiated there are surf schools which can get you out in the surf with just one lesson. There are many sheltered bays suitable for swimming and kayaking as well. For a break from the water there are a number of interesting walks in the area, including the Mt Karioi Summit track which rewards the hearty with magnificent views of the region’s mountains and coastline. The Bridal Veil Falls is a much shorter easy access walk, suitable for all abilities. Raglan has a thriving arts and crafts community and the monthly creative market is a great spot to pick up unique hand-made items, if you miss this pop into one of the many funky galleries for some great shopping.