Ngarunui Beach is popular for surfing, swimming and fishing. There is a strong residential base located a few kilometres from the beach and many people travel to the beach year round. Surfing at the point breaks is the most popular activity in Raglan, attracting large numbers all year. Ngarunui Beach will commonly have large powerful surf, deep holes and strong rips. Always swim between the red and yellow flags and seek advice from surf lifeguards.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Shell fish gathering
- Wind/kite surfing
- Car parking
- Changing facilities
- Public toilets
The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Raglan/Ngarunui Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
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Safety at Raglan/Ngarunui Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Raglan/Ngarunui Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Raglan Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 6:00pm on Saturdays and 11:00am and 5:00pm on Sundays between 7 December 2019 and 23 February 2020. Hours are reduced to 11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sundays between 1 March 2020 and 14 April 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 2 December 2019 to 20 December 2019 between 11:00am and 7:00pm. Hours increase from 10:00am to 7:00pm until 3 January 2020. From 6 January 2020 until 14 February 2020 hours return to 11:00am and 7:00pm.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Raglan/Ngarunui Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►
The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
Raglan is located 48 kilometres west of Hamilton. The several points at the beach that wind to the south produce arguably some of New Zealands best surfing waves and this is what the coastal location is best known for. Raglan Beach is 2.5 kilometres in length and its sand is light brown in colour. The beach is boarded to the south by a rocky headland that extends west towards Manu Bay, while the northern end of the beach forms the southern bank of Raglan Harbour. Trust Waikato Raglan Surf Life Saving Club is located at the southern end.
Beach Water Quality
The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.
Overall recreation risk
The long term risk status based on three years of data
- There is not enough data to generate a recreational risk grade.
Many councils also provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.