Blogs from Raglan, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan March 6th 2020

Only two weeks left – and we had to make the most of it. We had really been contemplating how many places to stop, and opted for the longer drives and a few more days in each place. It takes a lot of energy to get to know a new place. Unpacking, finding out who sleeps where, how the shower works, what shops are there, kitchen facilities etc. Not least for Ollie and Alba. At this point they been away from home longer than ever before in their lives, and for more than two months been bombarded with new experiences, new people, places, food and everything else. Waitomo campground was the next stop. We had chosen it mainly because there was a pool. It was (un)surprisingly easy to settle into for everyone. More friends to play ... read more
Pool at the camsite
Alba in disguise
Our bell tent

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan December 3rd 2018

3rd December I woke up about 6.30, and opened the doors and snoozed. Only one problem it started to rain and my sheet got a bit damp, I did not notice it until I packed the van up. I made my self at home in the kitchen, charged my phone, switched on the TV. Breakfast was, tea, toast a cereal. I got dressed sorted the van out and picked up my phone and stuff from the freezer and fridge on the way out. Today I already have a plan, I am headed to Raglan, I already had it in mind as it on the coast, a couple of people I spoke to yesterday also recommended it. One of them asked whether I would go cross country on the dirt road. No I said as I was ... read more
Catching worms

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan April 22nd 2017

Nous ne sommes restés qu'une seule journée à Raglan mais nous en avons bien profité. C'est vraiment une ville pleine de charme située en bord de mer avec sa lagune. Ambiance décontractée, plein de petits commerces, de boutiques de surf et de cafés. Les kiwis chantent ou jouent du piano dans la rue, vont pique-niquer au bord de l'eau, profitent du super skate park... un chouette endroit pour chiller... Après une ballade le long de plage près de la ville, nous avons poursuivi notre route vers Manu Bay, THE spot de surf de Nouvelle-Zélande. On a flâné allongés sur l'herbe ne se lassant pas de voir les surfeurs sur les vagues ou à attendre la vague avec eux...... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan October 31st 2016

J'ai quitté Taupo par l'Ouest direction Raglan ( Capitale du surf NZ, le Byron Bay Kiwi) et donc non pas l'est et Napier comme prévu ;) Première expérience de couchsurfing chez Ross, maori blanc (et oui!!) tétraplégique depuis l'âge de 16ans suite à l'écroulement d'une mêlée... Soirée géniale, belle discution et beaucoup d'énergie positive :))) Deuxième le jour suivant chez Bernard ;) à Hamilton. Entretien d'embauche à Hamilton, I got the job !!! Donc je vais chercher une colloc ici pour 3-4 semaines. Demain White Island et mercredi deuxième chasse au trésor au mont Maunganui :)))... read more
La plage de Raglan
Southern cross

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan February 29th 2016 If I could live anywhere in the world, I would choose Raglan. It is a small settlement, tucked away on the west coast of the North Island, and is the most beautiful place I know. Raglan is easy to get to, by car or bus. Hitch-hiking is also popular but not something I would recommend. Raglan is only 40 minutes from Hamilton and is extremely popular with (often younger) overseas visitors, especially those who love to surf. But it offers a HUGE range of activities - there is something for everyone. The link I have added will provide you with all the basic information you need about this fantastic spot. I will leave it to my photos to show you what Raglan is like at different times of the year - on clear days and ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan September 27th 2015

September 2016 If Raglan was a person, he would be a surfer with shoulder length dreds, a wee pointy beard, precariously hanging jeans on wipity hips, barefoot, coffee drinking and always just on the cusp of a really profound statement, 'yeah man... sweet, cool, man'... and never in a hurry. We were lucky to spend a month in Raglan's company. Now neither Drew nor I had heard of Raglan before receiving an email from a house sitting website inviting us to visit this town for 4 weeks when we arrived in New Zealand. Deb, our host, was planning a trip to the states and had liked our profile, she, a English ex pat who built solar powered bikes and as it turns out, has a penchant for vampire literature, among many other things. So we looked ... read more
Our cosy room
Bridal veil falls

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan April 27th 2013

Feeling fully refreshed after a good sleep and quiet night, I went for an early morning walk. I am back and ready with several others for the surf car which leaves at 10.30am. However, just as we are about to leave, so other girls arrive and want to join, and faff around for a while, so we eventually leave at 11.30am, with me driving the car to the beach. Luckily the journey isn’t very far as the car is rather old and with 5 of us in there and 5 surf boards on the roof, I was hoping it didn’t collapse on the way! Nether the less we arrive. There is large swell with 5ft waves and a strong onshore wind, so we all surf in the small broken waves, though I did manage to catch ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan April 26th 2013

I am rudely awoken by the unsoothing tones of the only other occupant of the dorm, a rather large and I think female Māori. I leave 'it' to snore contently whilst I go for a wonder round the town. Everyone is just going about their daily business, the town is not rundown but not overly shiny and touristified. I check out and catch the 10.15am local bus to Raglan, and arrive an hour later in the sun. I couldn’t find a hostel listed online, but have a recommendation from some people I've met along the way. I am chatting to two others on the bus, who are also heading there, so we find it together. It is such a cute hostel, very surfer style and laid back. It’s a wood building round a central courtyard which ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan February 6th 2013

6 Uhr klingelt der Wecker im Bungalow und das Aufstehen der 4 Personen beginnt. Nach dem Duschen, Frühstücken und Tasche packen geht die Busreise für heute los. Eine lange Fahrt auf einige Hügel erwartet uns. Der Zwischenstopp führt uns nach Hamilton, Neuseelands viert größte Stadt, auch wenn sie nicht so groß ausschaut. Hier wurde wieder für den Abend eingekauft. Ich schließe mich vier anderen Leuten zum Abendessen an. Der Bus wartet hier vor der Bibliothek, wo endlich wieder im Internet gesurft werden kann :D Anschließend ging es mit dem Bus nach Raglan, Neuseelands bestem Surfstrand. Kurzfristig habe ich mich noch zum Surfkurs angemeldet. Unsere heutige Unterkunft ist mitten im Jungle. Es schaut einfach super idyllisch aus, so mitten im nirgendwo zwischen all den Bäumen und die Unterkünfte unterstreichen dies noch einmal :) Als nächstes geht es ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan October 25th 2012

Drove 350 kilometers and the journey was longer than expected as the place we intended to stay looked closed, the town I mean. Ended up in Raglan which is an attractive seaside town on the west coast south of Auckland. Lovely sunset before dinner.... read more

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