Tauranga to Raglan

Tauranga – Ohope – Taupo – Raglan. This trip explores some of the North Island’s coastal and inland gems.

You’ll begin on the East Coast and explore the stunning Bay of Plenty with its golden sandy beaches and friendly locals. From their you’ll dip in land to tranquil Lake Taupo and past the mountain peeks before ending up on the other side of the country at a lively surfing town called Raglan.

Location start and finish:

Tauranga to Raglan

Time Recommended:

6-8 days

Key Locations:

Tauranga, Ohope, Taupo, Raglan

The journey starts in Tauranga. 

Only two and a bit hours from Auckland, it’s a place where many city slickers escape for a weekend and end up staying for years. You’ll want to head to Mount Maunganui – it’s only 15 minutes from Tauranga town and is a mini Gold Coast with all the beauty and none of the tackiness. Image by Lucky RentalsHead back to TGA town and saunter down the Strand checking out the cafes, bars and restaurants. When you’re ready for some mountain adventure, head to the Kaimai Forest Park. You’ll find slices of paradise in the mountainside with loads of little pools and water- falls – ask a local for the top spots.

Inland to lake Taupo

Now we leave the coast and head inland to Lake Taupo. Catch your breath at this idyllic lake side spot. You can cruise the ferry and if fishing is your thing you’re in a top spot. The thermal hot pools are a must to ease your tired traveled out body too. You can enjoy these all year round. Then, when you’re fully rested up and ready to get stuck in again we reckon you throw yourself out of a plane. Image by Lucky RentalsSeriously. Sky diving over the lake is one of the cheapest adventure falls around and lets you look over snow-capped volcanoes and down on the giant lake. There’s a bungy jump and plen- ty of rivers to splash down too for you to get your adrenaline junkie fix.

Off to the West Coast

Now it’s time to head West to Raglan, a small surfing town with a load of culture and a very distinct mellow vibe. You’ll feel it as soon as you head in through the palm tree lined main drag. The locals welcome travellers from all walks and the town draws a very Bohemian, international crowd. You can put this down to the epic surf that Raglan’s left hand point breaks offer. It’s not all about the surf though, the township offers several decent cafes with killer flat whites and cute craft shops.