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About the hostel

Raglan Backpackers is an easy-going, special little place of peace and casual fun, amidst a busy world Over here there’s no place for fast living. Mind you, there’s plenty of action! Or just chill in a hammock.

Be yourself, have your own plan, or join likeminded travelers and have a good time.


The Raglan community

Raglan has a real sense of community…everyone comments on this! Its an amazing place, full of surfers, artists, farmers, fishing people and dreamers.

So far we have held out against chain stores. Instead there are individual shops, with locals making bread, shoes, jewelery, art (7 art galleries!) sewing clothes, up-cycling, roasting coffee and so much more.

Raglan is also famous for music. Google Raglan Club and Raglan Yot club for up-to-date gig guides. We make a fair bit of music at the hostel too…don’t worry if you haven’t packed your guitar we have 4 we’re happy for you to use.

We like to get involved -and involve you- in the Raglan community. There are small projects that can always use a bit of extra energy and love, like the community garden, beach clean ups, tree planting or helping at the food bank.


(Eco) friendly

Then there’s the eco-conscious aspect of the hostel. We’d like to leave as little a footprint on this planet as possible and there are a few ways in which we try to do our part: we have a 100% electric car that you can drive to the beach when you rent a surfboard, the hot water is powered by the sun, we recycle as much as possible and we use only completely natural cleaning products.


We feel so lucky to live in this one of kind town. Come see for yourself why so many people check in, and never leave….