Raglan’s Māori name Whāingaroa translates to ‘the long pursuit’ aptly named after Tainui waka’s lengthy search for its final destination in the late 1700’s. Tainui o Tainui tribes occupied Whāingaroa and the name Raglan came to be in 1858, after British commander Lord Raglan.
You’ll find the beautiful 2.4 million year old Mount Karioi south-west of Whāingaroa. Likened to a ‘Sleeping Lady’ (Wahine Moe), legend has it that Karewa – husband to Karioi, flirted with her sister Pirongia and he was cast into the sea as an offshore rock (Gannet Island). Karioi turned her back on Pirongia and lay down.