Most travellers come to Raglan for its world-class surfing. Experienced surfers head to Manu Bay, but beginner surfers are advised to start at Ocean Beach. Please note that access is now restricted to Whale Bay as Māori regard this as a sensitive spiritual area.
Raglan Surfing School is popular with many backpackers. It is run by Karioi Backpacker Lodge and they also rent surfboards and wetsuits.