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Good and uncrowded

Drive through the town out to the beach and you will find a car park on the right. You can paddle... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
Hunstanton, United Kingdom

Hiked Bridal Falls first, then visited Ruapuke at sunset. Just amazing! Had the entire beach all... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
Portland, Oregon
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“black sand”(3 reviews)
“west”(5 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

Drive through the town out to the beach and you will find a car park on the right. You can paddle from here out to the surf or take to more tricky route off the rocks to the left. I would watch the locals do...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank iwells6
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Hiked Bridal Falls first, then visited Ruapuke at sunset. Just amazing! Had the entire beach all to myself - not a single person! My footsteps were the only ones in the sand. Found wild lillies and picked a few for the bed-n-breafast I was staying...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MDfor911
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We drove from Raglan in the sea fog then just as the view came out so did the access to Ruapuke. we stopped for a cold but very cool picnic- its a lovely west coast beach and very accessible despite the road entrance.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank rob C
Reviewed 15 April 2018

It is a beach to get away from the crowds. The black sand is fantastic, different feeling that what you get with white sand. Peaceful place to walk along the beach, take photos, watch the waves come in, or just read a book. Nice area...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank arwen2769
Reviewed 4 January 2018

A long sweeping beach perfect for walks and surfing. Excellent facilities including showers and changing facilities. Enjoyed a relaxing afternoon, reading and strolling along the black sands.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

You have to stop in to these beaches if your coming to raglan, huge vast black sand beaches and absolute must see, go for a nice walk and breath in the fresh coastal sea air!!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank willsamtroy
Reviewed 8 October 2017

I took this route back to Raglan after climbing Mt Karioi from the Ruapuke approach. Although a somewhat circuitous path, it had just enough allure to convince me it was the correct decision. Approaching the beach I noted the lack of people there, many would...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank MumandSon_10
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Run, walk the dog, run the dog and trot the horse - all are possible on this fairly rugged black-sand beach that stretches in a half-moon shape just a little ways out of Raglan township.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Brian T
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Raglan is a superb place and within minutes you are on the beaches. Some are on the inlet, others more exposed. Whatever your inclination the beaches are superb and rightly so there are helpful signs about safe enjoyment of them. If yo are visiting Hamilton...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank David S
Reviewed 24 April 2017

You have to experience this beach; no photo does the expansiveness and the colors of the area justice. Signs up all over the place - not recommended for swimming as it is quite rough and in April quite cold. The beach ranges from a sparkling...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank P J N
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