We had a far-too-brief stay at Solscape that left us wanting more.
We stayed in the Overlander, a 17 metre rail carriage converted into a ridiculously cute self-contained cabin. It had everything needed with a few nice little touches, such as the selection of teas offered. The shower was hot and strong, always a bonus in my books, and the bed was very comfortable.
We arrived late at night and found that the nice Solscape people had left the lights on for us, and even put the heater on to warm it through – a nice touch. An early check-out the next day for our caving adventure with Raglan Rock meant that our stay was short, but ticked all the boxes for what we wanted in our accommodation. And the view from Solscape back over Raglan is quite spectacular.
Only downsides - shower was a bit smelly and the birds nesting in the roof woke me up early.But totally in keeping with the quaint nature of staying in a railway carriage.
Would love to go back to Solscape again for a longer stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique budget accommodation for the travelling surfer, backpacker, family or large group. This hostel is situated in Raglan on New Zealand's beautiful west coast, 2 hours south of Auckland and overlooking the world famous surf break Manu Bay and Ocean Beach with magnificent views. With a focus on environmental sustainability, the YHA Raglan hostel has backpacker accommodation in a recycled Railway Carriage or 'off the grid' eco-living in a Tipi Retreat or contemporary Eco Baches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solscape Hotel Raglan