Raglan’s Māori name Whāingaroa translates to ‘the long pursuit’, which refers to the Tainui waka’s lengthy search for its final destination (they eventually landed in Kāwhia). Tainui o Tainui tribes occupied Whāingaroa from the late 1700’s, and the first European arrivals came in 1835 (James & Mary Wallis), with settlement dating from 1854. The name Raglan was adopted in 1858, after Lord Raglan, who was the British commander in the Crimean War.
You’ll find beautiful 2.4 million year old Mount Karioi 8km south-west of Whāingaroa. Legend has it that Karewa was the husband of Karioi, but he flirted with her sister, Pirongia, and was cast into the sea as the offshore rock named by Captain James Cook as Gannet Island. Karioi then turned her back on Pirongia and lay down. The profile of Karioi from Raglan is likened to a ‘Sleeping Lady’ (Wahine Moe).