YHA Raglan


YHA Raglan, Solscape Eco Retreat offers 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 unique backpacker accommodation in a recycled Railway Carriage or 'off the grid' eco-living in our Tipi Retreat or contemporary Eco Baches. Soak up the all day sun while you take in the expansive sea views from our spacious grounds or watch the sunset upon the Tasman Sea as it meets the northwestern coast and experience the enchanting twilight views of Raglan’s township encircled by the Whaingaroa Harbour.

YHA Raglan, Solscape Eco Retreat’s environmentally conscious backpacking facilities include non-toxic building materials, earth floors, solar powered LED lighting, solar heated indoor-outdoor showers, composting toilets and gravity-fed fresh mountain stream water. Enjoy your meals in a covered dining area sheltered amongst the punga ferns and manuka.  The Raglan hostel staff are dedicated to preserving the natural environment, creating a space for raising awareness on all levels with emphasis on sustainable living and well-being while providing healthy, comfortable lodgings for the rest and rejuvenation of all guests.


"YHA Raglan, Solscape: Excellent, idiosyncratic accommodation in the form of imaginatively converted train carriages and cottages, on top of a hill with panoramic views; other bonuses include free pick-ups from Raglan, surf lessons, plus surfboards and boogie boards for rent. Highly Recommended." –The Rough Guide to New Zealand.

By Car

Follow state highway 23 from Hamilton. Raglan is 48km from Hamilton (approx 40 minutes drive) Continue along same road until you get to the town centre. Turn left at Wainui Road, follow road for 6km, on left-hand side you will see blue Solscape sign follow driveway up. We are 611 Wainui Road.

By Bus/Shuttle

SHUTTLE - call Raglan Shuttle Company on 0800 887327873 (0800turf2surf)

BUS - Take Raglan bus number 23 from Hamilton arrive in Raglan town centre. (On weekends the bus continues to Manu Bay, ask driver to drop you at Solscape). Bus fare is $8.10. A pick up service from Raglan town to Solscape is available upon request, call 07)825 8268. Please note the number 23 bus from Hamilton to Raglan does not run on a Sunday.

By Plane

Arrive Hamilton airport or Auckland airport, arrange shuttle from there to Raglan.

By Train

Arrive Frankton (Hamilton) railway station. Arrange shuttle from there to Raglan or take Hamilton bus number 3 or DD from Killarney Road to Hamilton transport Centre ($2.60) and then take bus number 23 from Hamilton to Raglan ($8.10). Please note the number 23 bus from Hamilton to Raglan does not run on a Sunday.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Library Exchange
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • VISA
  • Surfing! Best known for long peeling left-hand point breaks, Raglan also offers ideal conditions for beginners and novice surfers. YHA Raglan, Solscape Eco Retreat offers customised surf packages, surf lessons and board hire. Surf guiding is also available for the more advanced surfer.
  • Raglan is one of New Zealand's premier kiteboarding locations. Because of Raglan's natural land formations, nearly any wind direction is suitable for kiteboarding. Come to Raglan Harbour and learn to fly! Lessons are available through YHA Raglan, Solscape Eco Retreat
  • There are several bush and beach walks in Raglan, including climbing Mt Karioi, Te Toto Gorge and the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls waterfall track.
  • Lots of other ways to get in touch with the great outdoors at Raglan including kayaking, horse trekking, mountain-biking, paragliding and PADI scuba diving courses.
  • Visit the Harbourview Hotel on Raglan’s main street have a drink on the terrace with the majestic Mt Karioi mountain in the background.
  • Just do what Raglan residents do – relax and enjoy the best of New Zealand life in this beautiful laid-back coastal town.


  • Raglan Club Market (Oct 25th - Oct 25th) Raglan Club Market, bric a brack, new and second hand stuff. Something for everyone. Raglanclubmarket@yahoo.co.nz
  • Dreams - The Fleetwood Mac Experience (Oct 25th - Oct 25th) A show to remember featuring all of the Mac classics with full costumes and lighting. Tickets available from The Raglan Club, 22 - 24 Bow Street, Raglan, Phone 07 825 8288 or contact Karen 027 297 5667 or Ken 027 476 ...
  • The FreeDance Club (Oct 27th - Oct 27th) The Freedance Club is about freedom in your movement, mind and spirit. Explore, play and expand! Do you want to learn more about your body? Do you want to get out of habit and discover new ways to move in joy? Would ...
  • Raglan Musicians Club - Open Mic Night (Jan 30th - Nov 27th)
  • Nia Class - Dancing in Your Body's Way (Feb 21st - Dec 19th) Experience moving with pleasure and joy in this playful class that reconnects your mind and soul to your body through Your Body's Way. No experience needed, no shoes needed either! First class free! Classes start from ...
  • Jackal with Threat.Meet.Protocol and Sterling Archer (Oct 31st - Oct 31st) Live at YOT Club, Raglan! Featuring: Jackal / Threat.meet.protocol / Sterling Archer Friday 31st October / Free entry / Doors 8pm Jackal Jackal is driven by a focus on the subtlety of shifting dynamics, and the ...

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