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14 Of The Best Accommodation In Raglan That You Need To Book Into, Stat

By Avril Treasure

A pink cabin with peppermint and baby blue detailing looks out on rolling hills at Fridas Accommodation, one of the best places to stay in Raglan.

With some of the best surf in Aotearoa, a colourful township filled with boutique shops and art galleries, and vibrant cafes and eateries—Raglan is a true gem situated on New Zealand’s rugged west coast. Whether you’re after a weekend getaway with your friends, a romantic trip with your partner or spending time in nature solo, Raglan’s an ideal destination.

We’ve found accommodation options to suit all travellers and holidaygoers—from eco-lodges, Frida Kahlo-themed digs and award-winning bus conversions to luxury retreats and apartments with stellar views. Here are 13 of the best places to stay in Raglan.

Three Streams Raglan Retreat

State Highway 23

A bedroom at Three Streams showing a comfy bed and country furnishings.Nestled in on a 25-acre family-owned farm and boasting country chic décor and thoughtful touches, Three Streams Raglan Retreat is the perfect choice if you’re looking to get away from the city for a few days or for a romantic trip with a partner.

The retreat is four minutes from Raglan, so make sure you check out the beaches, cafes and boutique shops. One of the North Island’s most impressive waterfalls, Bridal Veil Falls, is also a 15-minute drive from Three Streams.

The retreat, which was once stables and has since been renovated, also offers a BBQ, a private courtyard and king size bed (there’s also another bedroom with two king single beds).

In the afternoon, wander on down to the stream from the property, and when you return, jump in the outdoor stone bath and wait for night to come so you can stargaze with a glass of bubbles.

Bow Street Studios

Bow Street

One of the first houses to be built in Raglan.Stay right in town at Bow Street Studios. The accommodation offers several serviced apartments on the waterfront or you could book the two-bedroom historic cottage, which is one of the first three homes of Raglan.

Enjoy views of Raglan’s harbour where you can marvel as the landscapes change colour during sunset. The apartments are all two-story and are bright and spacious and come with a kitchen and courtyard.

The cottage can sleep up to five guests and has water and mountain views. After a day of exploring Raglan, walk down to the main street and order takeaway fish and chips to eat on the grass.   

Solscape

Wainui Road

A stunning view over the sea from Solscape, one of the best places to stay in Raglan.Unwind, relax and recharge at Solscape, an eco-lodge featuring a range of accommodation options from a family bach to cabins and camping. Located on 10 acres and with one of the best views of Raglan overlooking the ocean, Solscape is an ideal accommodation option for those looking for some solo time.

You’ll find plant-based eats at The Conscious Kitchen at Solscape, with a lot of the fresh produce sourced from their onsite garden. There is limited lighting at the lodge in the evening so do bring a torch—be sure to look up at the night sky and see it lit up by stars.

Don’t expect five-star amenities or for everything to be glistening clean—but if you’re looking to spend time in nature or meet like-minded people from around the world, Solscape is for you.

Raglan Treehouse

Whaanga Road

The tree house at Raglan with blue skies in the background.Spend a few nights surrounded by nature and living off the grid in a treehouse that’s literally built up amongst pine trees. The Raglan Treehouse is found on a 35-acre property with stunning views over fields, native bush and the ocean.

While you’ll still be staying close to town—it’s 4kms from Whale Bay and 12kms from Raglan—there is no mobile coverage at the treehouse or electricity for that matter—so it’s a great opportunity to take a break from technology (you will find battery-powered lights, a warm shower and a flushing toilet, however!).

There’s a great bushwalk that the owners, Tara and Guillaume, recommend that’ll take you to an old puriri tree where you can tuck into a picnic lunch—just remember to wear your hiking boots.

Raglan Backpackers

Wi Neera Street

The interior of a well appointed room shows a window looking out to the sea with three beds.Whether you’re travelling on a budget, want to meet like-minded people or are just up for a bit of an adventure, Raglan Backpackers is the place to stay.

The hostel boasts a prime location in the heart of town right by the harbour. There’s a range of rooms for you to choose from, including water view rooms, privates and mixed dorms—or you can park up and spend the night in your van.

Raglan Backpackers is big on being environmentally friendly and use natural cleaning products and recycle as much as possible. Throughout the week there are a bunch of activities to partake in, from surfing lessons to stand-up paddleboarding and yoga.

At the hostel, there’s also a hot tub, sauna, and skateboards for you to use, or you can relax in the hammock and forget what day it is.

Raglan LoveBus

Raglan

The interior of the Raglan LoveBus shows a lovely bright sitting area with a bed at the far end.If you're looking for the perfect place to spend some quality time surrounded by nature with your fave, look no further than the cute-as-a-button Raglan Lovebus.

Set in a field on 35 acres overlooking the beautiful West Coast of Raglan this stay has been crowned the 2023 winner of Airbnb's Best Unique Stay in New Zealand.

With an outdoor bath on a big deck, a firepit to toast marshmallows, expansive views of the bush and the ocean and even a nearby picnic tree by a stream for al fresco adventures this is the ultimate place to go off-grid.

If you want to really dial up the romance you can book a wood-fired, cedar barrel sauna a short walk from the bus. Yas.

Fridas Accommodation

Maungatawhiri Road

For a Raglan escape punctuated with colour, look no further than Fridas Accommodation. Inspired by the visionary herself, Frida Kahlo, it’s sure to set the scene for a memorable getaway.

The vibrant, one-bedroom cottage perched high on Maungatawhiri Mountain has a double bed, a kitchen—complete with dishwasher (boujee)—air conditioning, WiFi, a cosy lounge, and a jaw-dropping view of rolling hills with a large deck to stretch out on to soak it all in.

To make things even sweeter, a continental breakfast is included every morning of your stay.

Blackwood Cabin

Raglan

The exterior of a warm-looking Blackwood Cain with someone relaxing outside.Exquisite in design and amenities, Blackwood Cabin is a Raglan gem. The one-bedroom stay has an outdoor bathtub to get cosy in, a hanging egg chair in the garden to kick back in, and comes with a fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom and flat-screen TV.

Needless to say, it’s a favourite among couples and besties alike. While close to town the cabin is secluded with a private, relaxed vibe. Perfect for some rest and relaxation.

Eco Oasis Raglan

Near Mount Karioi

Two people sit outside an eco cabin in Raglan, a fire before them.Spend time with a loved one in this hidden mountain cabin nestled in native bush. Awaken to bird song and take a private track to the summit of Mount Karioi to drink in magical views of the ocean or start the day with the sunrise.

Peer up into the canopy in the evenings to enjoy the night sky and bathe in moonlight and, during the day, head to the nearby beaches—walking distance or a minute by car—to swim, stroll, and surf. Eco Oasis Raglan includes a Bluetooth speaker, books and board games, and a portable heater for the colder months.

The kitchen includes an oven and stovetop, and there’s a BBQ if that’s your jam, and you’ll find the bathroom fully stocked with lovely Raglan-made fair trade body products. Utter bliss? We think so. 

Akatea Hill 

Te Mata Road

The stunning wooden interior at Akatea Hill, one of the best places to stay in Raglan.In the heart of the native bush sits a cabin called Akatea Hill. Totally secluded and free from WiFi, it’s a gateway to stripped-back, nature-loving tranquillity.

Here, you’ll enjoy views of the farmland beyond and witness native birds like Tui, Piwakawaka and Kereru going about their lives. The rural hideaway is two storeys, with a bedroom on each floor. There’s a balcony and lovely outdoor seating areas for peaceful moments drawing, reading, or connecting with loved ones.

Additionally, there’s a stunning outdoor rainforest shower, an outdoor hot tub, a well-equipped kitchen, a coffee maker, and a BBQ—everything you need for a beautiful, relaxing stay. 

Moonlight Bay Magic

Greenslade Road

An interior and exterior shot at Moonlight Bay Magic, showing plush furnishings.Peaceful, modern and private—the Moonlight Bay Magic Airbnb is an ideal choice for a getaway to Raglan. The most impressive thing about this Airbnb however, is the panoramic views of the harbour.

Sit outside on the deck and bask in the morning sunshine, or in the afternoon with a cheese platter and a bottle of red. This Airbnb has a well-equipped kitchen and BBQ, so you’ve got the option to cook your meals there.

If you do want to walk around Raglan’s vibrant township and visit the art galleries—it’s less than five minutes drive from the Airbnb. Book a surprise trip for your partner, take your best friend or embark on a few days of solo time to unwind and recharge—you won’t regret it.

Koru Lodge

Whale Bay

An outdoor hot tub looks out onto a lovely view.Koru Lodge is situated at the base of Mount Karioi in Whale Bay, overlooking the Tasman Sea and is a 12-minute drive from town.

The lodge features four, two-bedroom apartments that all have a fully equipped kitchen, lush tropical gardens and a private deck—two of the apartments have a spa pool with ocean views, also.

Bring your surfboard and hit the waves at nearby Whale Bay and Manu Bay—or there are surf classes if you would like to learn! You can also opt to have a private yoga class at the retreat.

Koru Lodge would be great for a family holiday or a trip with some of your best friends.

Poppy's Place

Near Ngarunui beachA cabin overlooks rolling hills with a hammock swinging in the foreground.

A tranquil environment while still being close to the action—experience the best of both worlds at Poppy's Place. This delightful Airbnb is within walking distance to Ngarunui Beach, so bring your togs and a great book and spend your days in the sun and ocean.

It’s also just a few minutes' drive to some of the colourful cafes in Raglan. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, this self-contained cabin is tucked away on a huge section with chickens roaming and miniature cows in the field behind (who are charmingly rather partial to feijoas and will leap to eat from your hand), surrounded by native flora and fauna—so you can wake to the sounds of birds singing.

The cabin features a comfortable double bed below with a single above so you can relive those bunkbed sleepovers of your youth, or simply get away from it all solo. The hammock on the front porch is perfect for lapping up the last of the day's sun. 

The Glasshouse

Near Mount Karioi

The outside of the lovely glasshouse, showing an infinity pool to the right under a sky at dusk.Sweeping coastal views, an infinity pool and luxury design—The Glasshouse is one of the best places to stay in Raglan. A 15-minute drive from Raglan’s township, the retreat is found by the slopes of Mount Karioi and overlooks Aotearoa’s rugged west coast and the Tasman Sea.

The Glasshouse features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, spacious living and dining areas and three bedrooms—so it’s an ideal place to stay with your family or close friends to celebrate a special occasion (if you’re looking for a place to say ‘I do’—The Glasshouse also allows weddings for up to 120 guests). 

Pour your friends and yourself a cocktail, lounge by the pool and watch the golden sunset—an escape to The Glasshouse will be one to remember. 

All booked? Check out the seven best things to do in Raglan

Image credit: Fridas Accommodation, Raglan Treehouse, Fridas Accommodation, Eco Oasis Raglan, Akatea Hill, Moonlight Bay Magic, The Glasshouse, Raglan Backpackers, Three Streams Raglan Retreat, Koru Lodge, Bow Street Studios, Solscape, Poppy's Place.

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