Raglan’s wharf at the end of Wallis St is a working wharf, used by fishing, charter and tour boats as well as the Raglan Coast Guard. As well as there are cafes and shops. For recreational fishos, the wharf is a popular spot for line fishing. Adjacent to the wharf is a launching ramp suitable for large trailer boats. The wharf was opened in 1921 and was progressively added to.
The original part of the wharf was one of the first New Zealand wharves built in reinforced concrete. Approaching the wharf from the town area of Raglan, the most prominent feature is the old Golden Bay cement silos which were built in 1967. These have now been converted into up-market holiday apartments.
Many of the old wharf sheds burnt down in April 2010. The replacement building was completed in August 2012 and the first businesses started up in November 2012. The Waikato District Council is working to secure tenants for the building.
Things to do at the Wharf
Raglan Boat Charters has 2-hour cruise most days over summer departing late after noon/ erlay evening leaving from Raglan Wharf on the Wahine Moe. Also available for charters with up to 70 people. Raglan Boat Charters 07 825 7873. Book at Soul Shoes on the wharf.
The Wharf Kitchen & Bar
Located at the end of Wallis St, at the start of the wharf area, the Wharf Kitchen & Bar (former site of the Marlin Cafe) is open from 10am daily. Menu is modern New Zealand.
With views of the harbour its verandah tables are a popular spot on lazy summer and autumn days. A house specialty is its ‘seafood planks’.
The Wharf is dine in and licensed. You’ll find it at the end of Wallis Street, Raglan where Rose Street goes off to the right. (43 Rose Street, Raglan 3225). Phone: 825 0010
(Formerly Raglan Seafoods) Dine in or takeaway fish & chips, as well as fresh and smoked fish plus other seafoods. Processed onsite. Also has espresso coffee. Dine in or takeaway. Reopened on 24th Nov 2012. Phone 07 825 7544, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee on the edge by Stephen and Fiona Sandwell
Situated on the Raglan Wharf, next to Sly Pottery
Open weekends and public holidays, 9 to 3.30
Phone 8258977, Email email@example.com
Wallis Street Walk
At low tide you can walk from the wharf along the side of the harbour to Cox Bay and to Lorenzen Bay and further on around the bays. Access from the beach to streets is available at Cox Bay (stairs to Daisy St) and at Lorenzen Bay. The walk can be muddy in places so wear beach shoes or sneakers.
You can return by the streets back via Government Road or return the way you came, back along the beach.
Fishing and Boating
Wharf Launching Ramp
Larger boats can launch at the ramp next to Raglan Wharf at the end of Wallis Street. Launching and recovery is possible for all tides. A floating pontoon is next to the launching ramp. There is limited parking for boat trailers near the top of the ramp. You may have to park further along Wallis Street.
Recreational fishers crowd the edge of Raglan Wharf on warm summer days, but you’ll find them there on any day and even sometimes in the middle of the night. The fishos mainly catch sprats with a few kahwai and mullet fish.
Charter Fishing Boats
A number of fishing charter boats operate out of Raglan. One to consider is Sea Thief fishing charters for snapper, gurnard and kingfish. Maximum of 6 people P: 07 825 0535 M: 0274 405 636
Tony Sly Pottery
The Tony Sly Pottery on Raglan Wharf is open again from December 2010. The pottery was lost in the April 2010 fire on Raglan Wharf. Tony lost his kiln, equipment, moulds and stock in the fire, but he has bounced back moving into a new studio in one end of the boat building shed on Raglan Wharf. The new kiln was installed in November 2010 and Tony had his first firing in December. His retail outlet at the studio is open every day from 10am to 4pm. Tony specialises in a rustic style with all work unique and made in small runs.
Tony Sly Pottery, 100b Wallis St, Raglan Wharf
Phone 07 825 0370,
Fresh and smoked fish plus other seafoods. Processed onsite. Also takeaway fish & chips, bread, plus espresso coffee. Dine in or takeaway. Reopened on 24th Nov 2012.
Raglan Retro & Antiques
Antiques and collectibles on the Wharf
Phone: 07 825 7300
Rick Youmans Creative Works
Art, architecture and design
Unit 5, The Wharf
Phone: 021 022 44471
100 Wallis St, Raglan Wharf
Phone 07 825 8765
Getting to Raglan Wharf
From Bow Street, Raglan turn right into Wallis Street, keep going through the James Street intersection, past Government Road on the right and then veer round the curve and see the Wharf area. There is parking in marked spaces. You can usually find a place to park, but on peak summer weekend days, all spaces will most likely be taken. In that case you will need to turn round and park back along Wallis Street.
There are public toilets near the wharf buildings.
Public Bus Service to Raglan Wharf
A limited daily bus service that runs 3 times a day and twice a day on Saturday and Sunday and public holidays is provided from Hamilton Terminal and Raglan by the Route 23 bus. The bus route is along Government Road and Wallis Street. The closest bus stop to the wharf is in Wallis Street near the intersection with Government Road. It is a two minute walk from this bus stop to the wharf.
Raglan Wharf Satellite View
Silo Apartments – Three luxury holiday apartments. 88 Wallis Street, Raglan. Phone 021 524 026
Wahinemoe – Luxury house boat. Overnight accomodation in this floatel at a secluded corner of the harbour. Raglan Boat Charters 07 825 7873.