Manu Bay, Raglan (North Island, New Zealand)
Manu Bay, Raglan
Raglan is located on the west coast of New Zealand’s north island and is about 120 km SW of Hamilton. Renowned for its iconic Manu Bay waves (advanced) and Ngaranui’s gentle rollers, Raglan caters to a broad spectrum of abilities. Consistent winds and diverse spots and breaks provide the perfect playground for wave riding, flat water cruising, and freestyle.
The area also has several surf schools located nearby and is often visited on a surfari, being approximately halfway between Auckland and Taranaki.
Manu Bay for Windsurfing, Windfoiling and Kitesurfing
This world-renowned left-hand point break is a mecca for experienced surfers, windsurfers, foilers and now windfoilers, offering powerful waves and challenging conditions. Sheltered rocks make the wind predictable, but watch out for rips and submerged rocks, especially at low tide. Best suited for experienced riders, it offers long, challenging rides during high tides. Be mindful of rips and the rocky shoreline.
Access, Launching & Rigging
The carpark, has decent toilet facilities and a grass area to rig, which is a short walk to the water. However, Manu Bay’s launch and rigging areas aren’t as easy as other windsurfing spots in Raglan due to its challenging shore conditions. This spot is best suited to experienced riders who are comfortable with a more rugged setup.
Beach access: There’s no formal boat ramp or designated launching area. You’ll need to navigate across the rocky shoreline, which can be slippery and uneven, especially at low tide.
Limited space: The beach itself is narrow and can get crowded, especially during high tides when the waves are optimal. Finding sufficient space to rig and launch your gear can be challenging.
Rigging: Because of uneven terrain the beach is a mix of sand and rocks, making it less than ideal for setting up your equipment. You might be best rigging near the carpark and carrying your gear.
Consider Raglan Beach, if you’re looking for a more convenient and comfortable launch and rigging area. It’s just a short drive and offers ample parking, a wide sandy beach, and even a designated windsurfing zone.
Manu Bay is best suited for experienced riders who are comfortable with challenging conditions and a more rustic setup. Be prepared for a more adventurous experience and prioritize safety when launching and rigging in this beautiful but wild spot.
Watch out for rips and submerged rocks, especially at low tide. Best suited for experienced riders, it offers long, challenging rides during high tides. Be mindful of rips and the rocky shoreline.
Where To Stay
There are various options for accommodation around Raglan, consider the Raglan West, Raglan Holiday Park or at the higher end Raglan Harbour View Hotel.
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- Flat Water Blasting
- Advanced Wave Sailing
- Intermediate Wave Sailing
- Small Waves
- Large Waves
- Open Sea
- River Mouth
- Salt Water
- On-site Parking
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