Off-leash | Seasonal restrictions: None | Exposed to the elements

Ngarunui Beach, tucked away in the Wainui Reserve near Raglan, is a slice of coastal paradise that’s perfect for a laid-back day out. Known for its stunning black sand and consistent waves, it’s a haven for surfers of all levels. The beach stretches out generously, giving plenty of space whether you’re there to catch some waves, sunbathe, or take a leisurely stroll along the shore.

One of the highlights of Ngarunui Beach is its welcoming vibe for families and dog owners. It’s common to see kids building sandcastles and dogs frolicking in the surf, making it an ideal spot for a family outing.

The surrounding Wainui Bush Park Reserve offers great picnic spots and walking tracks with breathtaking views of the coastline. It’s a fantastic place to explore if you’re keen on a bit of nature alongside your beach day. And don’t forget to bring your camera—the sunsets here are absolutely spectacular.

Raglan itself is just a short drive away, so you can easily pop into town for a bite to eat or a coffee after your beach adventures. All in all, Ngarunui Beach is a gem on New Zealand’s west coast, offering something for everyone in a beautifully relaxed setting.

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