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The Travel Club wishes to organise a tour to Raglan, situated on the West Coast, approximately 45 minutes from Hamilton.

Surrounded by water & bush & beneath majestic Mount Kariori, Raglan offers "a breath-taking view from every corner. It was judged to be New Zealand's best-looking town" by Lonely Planet Guidebooks.

Date ???, we'll pick you up, & transport you to Raglan from the RSA carpark (8.00am departure). On arrival, we'll turn you loose to do your own thing You choose what you want do do for the day.

Perhaps you will want to visit the fascinating museum. Much of its collection illustrates domestic, rural and town life in Raglan, mainly during the early twentieth century. Items of interest the first telephone exchange switchboard, the first surf life saving reel and an extensive collection of pharmacy items used by T. B. Hill, the town’s first chemist. There is an extensive photographic collection and many early copies of the town’s newspaper, The Raglan County Chronicle.

A visit to Tony Sly Pottery would be a real treat! Tony began working with clay in Hamilton in 1980 & had studios in Hamilton before moving to Raglan 12 years ago, where he developed his signature rustic domestic pottery. He later added a classic range, with summery hues, and more recently a finer, modern stoneware series that is perfect for tableware. Tony can usually be found working happily with his artisan assistants in his small-batch production studio in the idyllic setting of Raglan Wharf, with water lapping at his back door.

You might like to take your own picnic lunch - or sample some of the delicious local fare. TripAdvisor has great reviews for The Wharf Kitchen & Bar, Rock-it Kitchen, The Shack, Orca Restaurant & Bar - in fact most of the eateries have a good review.

On the return trip you will have the opportunity of going to the Bridal Veil Falls. The falls drop 55 metres over a hard layer of volcanic basalt into a pool fringed by moisture-loving plants. Paratanixha , an attractive native plant with wide nettle-like leaves, thrives here. Those who are unable or don't wish to do this, can wait in the bus; take a good book or the days' paper to pass the time.

The Wairēinga/Bridal Veil Falls walk is an easy, flat 5 minute walk from the car-park through native bush, following the Pakoka River for most of the way, to two viewing platforms at the top of the falls.The platform provides stunning vistas and ample photo opportunities of the plunging white falls flanked by grey rock and green bush.

COST: $45.00pp. (Transport only); Lunch & entry fees, if applicable, at your own cost.
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