Day 117 – Bridal Veil Falls and Raglan

Lynda decided that she would take us out for a day trip to Raglan. It’s on the coast directly west of Hamilton and just a short drive away. On the way we were able to stop by Bridal Veil Falls.

A 55 metre drop, the falls are amazingly picturesque, well most of New Zealand is so I’m probably just stating the obvious. At the top there is a viewing platform and then stairs all the way down, 261 steps in total.

The View from the top at Bridal Veil Falls

The View from the top at Bridal Veil Falls

After a long walk down (Lynda decided to stay at the top), we were rewarded with an amazing view of the falls and the plunge pool below. During winter and the spring the falls are said to be a little more spectacular.

The View from the bottom at Bridal Veil Falls

The View from the bottom at Bridal Veil Falls

We took a little video too!

We slowly trooped back up the stairs, the exercise in South America was paying off as we were hardly out of breath. From there we continued to drive west to Raglan. It’s a small town but gets a share of tourists due to the surfing in the area. We walked around the town and had an ice cream.

Raglan, a new bridge was being built at the time

Raglan, a new bridge was being built at the time

We then headed to the surfers beach where there was a handful of surfers. The beach was nice to walk on while the tide came in over the black sand. The sand on many beaches in New Zealand is black due to volcanic activity in the area.

Us on the beach

Us on the beach

View on the beach from the car park

View on the beach from the car park

We headed back after the beach, with a little nap in the car. That night another nice meal! Not really missing a hostel at the moment with the luxuries at Lynda’s!

About Julia Chan

I’m Julia and I've just returned from the adventure of my life. I went travelling around South America, the South Pacific and South East Asia for 12 months, and I'd do it all over again if I could! Julia on Google+
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