Raglan (Maaori name: Whaingaroa) is a coastal town to the west of Hamilton, home to over 3,000 people (3,279 – Census 2018). With three surf beaches and a beautiful natural harbour, it’s known for its famous surf breaks, arts and crafts, fashion, cafes and restaurants. Raglan is also an attractive base for a number of artists and it hosts a wide range of entertainment events throughout the year.
While there is a large number of Raglan folk working locally, a significant number make the short commute to work in Hamilton, 46 kilometres away. As well as being a popular place to live, the town’s attractions and activities draw people to Raglan from New Zealand and beyond. Visitors to the town in summer increase the town’s population by around 300-400 per cent.
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