I stayed here ANZAC weekend with my partner, as a weekend away from Auckland. As a travel agent who specialises in backpacker travel I wanted to stay here. The staff are fantastic - Casey, Aaron and Derek to name a few. They are happy to be there and love to chat to everyone. There is a hot tub which is perfect after a day of surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding - whichever takes your fancy!
The other facilities are great - there's a pizza oven so you can create and cool your own pizza like a pro! And a BBQ for those sausies/steaks etc..
The lounge has a range of books, board games and art materials to keep you occupied.. Since there's no free wifi it's back to actually socialising with other travellers - now isn't that what travelling is all about?! For those who need to touch base back home then there is 2 computers available to use the internet on.
The dorm rooms are small, more like private rooms with 3 or 4 beds, which works really well. Probably the only thing I noticed was people didn't have keys to their rooms but maybe this was just who I spoke to... But it didn't seem to be a problem. Most people at the hostel are there long term anyway, spending weeks or even months surfing. So it's like a big happy family, who all trust each other. Visitors aren't allowed inside if they don't stay there.
The beds are really comfortable, with electric blankets in case it gets cold at night.
The rooms face onto a courtyard but it's quiet after 9pm so no one gets disturbed if you are wanting an early night. But for those party animals there's a club and a couple of bars within walking distance so you can drink/dance the night away!
Guests can use kayaks for free in the estuary behind the hostel, or you can hire ocean kayaks or paddle boards to take further afield.
Overall, I highly rate this hostel. If you're into surfing it's a perfect surf community, and they embrace learners! Other than a drive to bridal veil waterfalls (about 15km away) there's not much else the town offers if you're not into your water sports, but it's still nice for a couple of days. Worth a visit :)
Cheers for having us guys!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Raglan Backpackers hostel New Zealand is located on the water's edge of Raglan's beautiful harbour, looking out across the water to Mt Karioi. Purpose-built accommodation for your comfort and security, we take pride in our clean facilities, friendly atmosphere, surfing knowledge and helpful staff. All rooms open onto a private central courtyard garden, where you can relax in a hammock or enjoy the hot tub. The living room and dining area open onto the grass lawn which is absolute waterfront.AS a guest you have free use of our mountain bikes, kayaks, sauna and spa pool. We have also have a full range of surf boards for hire, with transport to the surf beach (5 min drive). ... more less