See C. Hibbert, The Destruction of Lord Raglan (1961, repr. 1963).
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23.
According to the 2006 New Zealand Census the population of Raglan was 2,637.
Southwest of the township stands the extinct volcano of Mt Karioi. According to Māori legend the Karioi was a jilted Māori Princess who, upon discovering that love was lost, lay down and rests until this day.
Indicators is a left hand point break that breaks for up to 600m, from 2 to 10 feet+ (Hawaiian scale). It is a long-walled, fast wave with occasional barrels, particularly on the low tide. It picks up a lot of swell and is very consistent. On big days the wave can link up with the next break called Whale Bay.
Whale Bay is a left hand point break that breaks up to 200m in length, from about 2 to 8 feet+. It has two sections, an inside hollow section up to about 4 feet that breaks very close to the rocks, and an outside, slower section from 4 feet up. It has been rumoured by locals to link up with the next break further down-Manu Point-but only on very large swells, making a potential ride of up to 2km from the top of Indicators, which locals say has only been achieved once.
Manu Point is a left hand point break which works from 2 to 10 feet+, breaking over 300m. It has alternate hollow and wall sections, occasional barrels, and is usually about 2/3 the size of Indicators.
There is also a beach break further down from Manu Point. Ruapuke is another beach break well to the west around the point. There is rumoured to be another left hand point break further west from Indicators, that is difficult to access.
Raglan has hosted a world championship surfing event at Ruapuke beach and is home to a learn-to-surf school.
The Salt Rock Cafe closed in 2008 and the Musician's Club moved their free open mike nights to the Town Hall supper room on the last Thursday of each month. There is also an open mike happy hour once a month at the Old School Arts Centre.
The Australian accapella folk singer/songwriter Samantha Star has also made Raglan her home.