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, YHA Raglan 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
  • Street Parking
  • 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.


  • (Apr 21st - Apr 21st) Join Jon Toogood this April as he takes his solo acoustic show throughout New Zealand. In between sessions for a new ADULTS album, Jon will take his hit filled sets on a musical road trip around the ... YOT Club
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  • (May 12th - May 12th) In May of 2017, to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Head Like a Hole’s debut album “13” Head Like a Hole will embark on an extensive 12 date national tour. The tour will see the band playing this ... Raglan
  • (May 12th - May 12th) Limited tickets available include complimentary return shuttle from Hamilton to Raglan. Out on the tar sealed and gravelly roads this April and May, legendary Dunedin pop group The Chills have announced their ... Raglan Club
  • (May 12th - May 12th) This is part of a nationwide album release tour celebrating the release of "This Material World" Sonic Delusion's 4th studio album. Too funky for folk and too folky for funk - that's Sonic Delusion's Latin-infused, ... Old School Arts Centre
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YHA Raglan, Solscape has much to offer groups from their eco haven nestled at the base of Raglan's Mt Karoi. This unique and inspiring accommodation for all budgets has indoor meeting/workshop venue, outdoor gathering locations, a café / catering facility, and the ability to include activities from educational guided eco tours and activities to  ‘full-on adrenaline’. Warm, welcoming and professional staff are always on hand to help.

If you are looking for an indoor space for workshops, activities, or meetings, Solscape can offer you a comfortable, light and airy room upstairs in the Reception house with awe inspiring views out to the Tasman Sea and Westcoast landscape. Equipment such as Moveable Whiteboard and Data Projector are provided and also a complimentary hot drink station should you wish.

“Solscape is one of those special places that oozes inspiration and creativity. The seminar facilities provide an ideal and comfortable venue for group retreats and offsite business meetings in a stunning setting.” - Simon Harvey - Chief Executive& Senior Advisor, The Natural Step New Zealand

“Wow! You guys have something special going on there! We appreciated your warm, caring, kind hospitality and were so grateful that so many options were available to us. You totally saved us!” – Helen, The Nest Yoga Retreats

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Raglan can cater for up to 87 people across 29 rooms, tents and self-contained studios. 

Room types available are:


  • 1 x 6 Bed multi-share
  • 4 x 3 Bed multi-share
  • 1 x Twin Share room
  • 9 x Double / Single rooms
  • 6 x Self-contained Cottages/Studios


  • 1 x 4 Bed multi-share Tipi
  • 1 x Twin Share Tipi
  • 4 x Double / Single Tipi
  • 2 x Double / Family Belle Tents
  • 1 x 4 Share Belle tent

The Accommodation

Accommodations are all ‘stand alone’ with landscaped native gardens surrounding. The accommodations have been consciously designed to fit within their primary goals of minimizing the ecological footprint and inspiring visitors with working models of sustainable living. From recycled Train Caboose and adobe Earth Dome rooms with use of Shared Facilities (backpacker style), to a summer Forest retreat with native American Tipi’s and glamping Belle tents, and then an eclectic range of self-contained studio/cottages around the property ranging from a converted train carriage to a modern passive-solar design eco building.

Shared and Private Rooms – with shared Facilities

Quality bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and all beds are made up. Towels can be hired for $1 each. All Caboose and Earth Dome room, and Tipi and Belle tents guests, share facilities.

Self-Contained Cottages/Studios

For group leaders or those in the group who prefer private facilities there are six self-contained options to choose from, depending on availability at the time. Each option is unique in sleeping configuration. Discuss with the group co-ordinator to find the ideal one for your people.


Solscape can provide your group with a truly memorable dining experience. Specialising in plant-based cuisine, organic and locally sourced where possible, we grow organic produce in our gardens to provide your group with the wholesome experience and nourishment of ‘straight from the garden to your plate’… and to reduce those ‘food miles’ and they'll take care of the meals so you can enjoy your time to the fullest. Catering to any budget, any or all daily meals, the kitchen team brings to the table great food in a stunning location. 


“Play is not just an activity, it’s a state of mind that brings new energy and sparks creativity.”

Solscape offers a range of activities from ‘full on adrenalin’ to as leisurely as would suit your group. Take a Surf lesson in world class breaks, try Yoga, climb Mt Karioi, get your hands and feet dirty making earth bricks, kayak the beautiful Whaingaroa harbour, ride horses on Ruapuke beach, get vertical with Rock Climbing, go underground in a caving adventure, or lay flat out on a massage table or just enjoy a good book in a shady hammock. Whatever lights your people’s fire, Solscape would love to make it happen.


Wifi access for Group Leaders is provided free of charge at the Reception house. Around the accommodations and elsewhere onsite, and for group members access is $5 for 24 hours.

Free Booking Service

A Free booking service is provided for all local activities and shuttle services.

Contact our Group Co-ordinator

Contact YHA Raglan direct on +64 7 825 8268 or email info@solscape.co.nz or contact our national groups coordinator.