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Raglan/Ngarunui Beach

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.

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Ngarunui Beach is popular among families. There is a large car park, with public toilets and changing facilities situated adjacent to Trust Waikato Raglan Surf Life Saving Club at the southern end of the beach. Take care as deep holes and strong rips can occur throughout the beach. Always swim and body board between the red and yellow flags, and stay within arm’s reach of your children when in the water.


Ngarunui Beach is a popular site for swimming and body surfing during the summer. The primary beach access is situated at the southern end of the beach adjacent to Trust Waikato Raglan Surf Life Saving Club; a large car park, public toilets and changing facilities are provided. Deep holes and strong rips can occur anywhere along the beach, and become particularly dangerous during large surf. Always swim with a friend, and swim between the red and yellow flags.


Ngarunui Beach is surfed frequently and can have good waves in the right conditions. The beach break is best surfed around mid-tide in smaller swells. The majority of surfers will go straight for the point breaks to the southwest. There are several left hand point breaks that are considered some of the best in the country, and are also recognised around the world. Surf at the points is very common and they are surfed on most days. Raglan's point breaks can be surfed on any tide and are offshore in southeast winds


Surf casting is popular off Ngarunui Beach and from within the harbour, with trevally, kahawai, snapper and kingfish landed at these sites. Take care as unexpected large waves, deep holes and strong rips are prevalent throughout the beach. Boats can be launched from the boat ramp at Manu Bay which is accessed a few kilometres southwest of Ngarunui Beach. Always check the conditions before you go out, if it is rough do not go. Ensure you follow the five simple steps of the boating safety code here - www.findabeach.co.nz/besafe/boating-safety. Local fishing information and regulations can be found here - www.raglan23.co.nz/fishing-and-boating.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • 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.



Patrolled Beach
Raglan/Ngarunui Beach is a patrolled beach.
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 ►

Patrolled Beach

Patrolled Beach
Raglan/Ngarunui Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Raglan Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 5:00pm between 28 November 2020 and 4 April 2021. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 30 November 2020 to 20 December 2019 between 11:00am and 7:00pm.


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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
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


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.


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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.

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