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Culture and History in Waikato and King Country, New Zealand

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Jet Collective


Arts & crafts

The Jet Collective is a group of artists and designers who wanted to sell their own work on their own terms, so they set up and now run their own shop. They make funky hand-made clothing, bags and jewellery at excellent prices. I bought two beautiful belts and a wooden mushroom necklace; all were one-off pieces and cost the same amount in total that I would have paid back in the UK for each item.

  • Prices: $40 for a hand-made bag.
  • Contact: Bow St, Raglan
  • Tel: 07-85-8566
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  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Soundsplash Reggae Festival



Soundsplash is an eco-focused open-air reggae festival held 500m from the beach in Wainui Reserve (a handy natural amphitheatre). The festival usually takes place in early February. Tickets are around $100 and are available from Ticketmaster and all NZ post shops, Raglan Info Centre, or via

  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Whaingaroa Creative Market



Raglan is one of New Zealand’s creative hot spots, so no need to explain what this market will be like really. It’s a celebration of life’s special and unique things: home-original art and designware, funky fashion clothing and jewellery, delicious food and preserves, lively entertainment and a friendly, vibrant atmosphere. To quote GG owner Jenny Thomson “a whole lot of things are going down.” Second Sunday of the month.

  • Prices: FREE!
  • Contact: Old School Arts Centre, Stewart St, Raglan
  • Tel: 07-823-0023
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  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Waikato and King Country Highlights

  • Check out the English-style countryside of Cambridge. The rural village is famous for breeding and training thoroughbred horses. You may even catch a spot of cricket on the green.
  • Take full advantage of the rolling landscapes, country gardens and rich farmland of the Waikato. This is Hobbit country and the most beautiful of shires.
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