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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 8 (February 1, 1931)

The Approach to Raglan

The Approach to Raglan.

The old name of the harbour, “Whaingaroa” (having a reference to a stingaree), has been dropped, and that of “Raglan” substituted. A modified steamer service is kept up with Onehunga, but the chief means of communication with the outside world is by motor, along a good road from Frankton.

For the first few miles the road meanders over undulating hills past the township of Whatawhata. Prosperous looking dairy farms, with their herds of sleek milk producers, line the road. Then the road commences to rise to surmount the Hakarimata Range, passing through beautiful vistas of tree ferns. The road has recently been widened and regraded in parts. Curves abound, but the careful motorist need have no fear. Descending from the Hakarimata Range it is not long before the waters of Raglan harbour, and the houses of the township, come into view. Although short, the main street is prettily laid out. A plot of flowers, shrubs, and lawn traverses the centre of the street, and is flanked on either side by the business premises of the town.

Commenting on the number of empty dwellings, the writer was told that quite half the residents did not live at Raglan. This remarkable statement was explained to mean that the greater proportion of property owners use their dwellings only during week-ends and holidays. Two excellent hotels and a comfortable private boarding establishment offer ample accommodation to the visitor. Boating and fishing can be safely indulged in, as the harbour is well sheltered from rough weather. The harbour by the township is only about a mile wide and can be rowed across in a few minutes. The opposite shores well repay a visit. Fantastic shapes of limestone rocks abound, that termed the “Wineglass Rock” having more than a local reputation. The upper reaches of the harbour may be visited by motor launch. The Okete Falls, four miles, and Waingaro Landing are two points of interest on the shores of the upper reaches. By crossing a narrow arm of the harbour, close to the township, by a pretty ferro-concrete bridge, access is had to the Ocean Beach.