Paddling Out in Raglan

Raglan, 50 kilometres west of Hamilton, “is your archetypal surf town, with annual surf contests, a busy surf school and a bohemian buzz reminiscent of the 1960s,” Kerry van der Jagt writes for The Age. ‘Our town is a colourful comic strip of characters,’ director of the Raglan Surf School Charlie Young says. With his long grey beard plaited into a pirate braid, this ageing surfer is a character himself; when Charlie’s not surfing, or teaching surfing, he’s talking about surfing. Arriving from California in 1988, as a burnt-out executive looking for a seachange, he found the holy grail of surfing in Raglan. He tells me Raglan still harks back to the golden age of surfing, but artists and musicians have also discovered the town.”


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The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

In Northland, “cultural lessons await, as do hot springs where visitors can recharge body and soul,” according to Daniel Scheffler writing for The New York Times. The region is included in…