1. Take in some art
Raglan has no less than SEVEN art galleries. From flamingos made of car tyres, and beautiful dresses made from recycled plastic bags, to canvases painted with sand from local beaches, you’ll find a gallery to cater to every taste. Perhaps it’s the proximity to so much stunning scenery, but Raglan manages to entice no end of talented artists of all kinds. Spend a morning drinking in photography, pottery, paintings and poetry, and best of all, it’s completely free!
2. Coffee, coffee and more coffee
It’s no secret that New Zealand loves its coffee, and in Raglan it’s not in short supply. You can find great coffee all over town, but for a truly special coffee experience, head to Raglan Roast and settle down for a game of backgammon and a big cup of the good stuff. Plus, if you take a cup from the hostel kitchen, you get a 50c discount.
3. Read by the fire
There’s nothing cosier on a rainy day than curling up by the fire with a good book. Luckily, at Raglan Backpackers we have both a roaring log fire and shelves and shelves of books to borrow. And don’t worry if you don’t finish it before you leave, just swap it out with your last book and take it for the road.
4. Stretch it out at the yoga studio
Yoga and surfing are practically synonymous in surf towns around the world, and Raglan is no exception. With a beautiful dedicated yoga space a stone’s throw from the hostel, a jam-packed schedule of classes, and discounted prices for backpackers, you’ll be feeling zen in no time.
5. Hit the museum
First inhabited by the Maori around 800 years ago, with European settlers following in 1835, Raglan (or Whaingaroa) has a long and fascinating history. Find out about the people who made Raglan what it is today, see historic photos and most importantly check out the unique surf exhibition, all for only $2.
6. Bake a cake
Sometimes when it’s wet out you just need a good dose of comfort food. If so, we’ve got you covered. With our baking boxes full of supplies, you’ll find everything you need to whip up a batch of brownies or an apple sponge (with the added bonus of making our hostel staff very very happy!).
7. Go on a caving adventure
The weather doesn’t matter when you’re underground, so if you’re craving adventure, check out the exciting trips on offer at Raglan Rock or head off on a day-trip to the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo. Whether it’s leaping off waterfalls, floating along on an inflatable tube or admiring the awesome rock formations, you’re guaranteed your fix of excitement for the day.
8. Chill in the hot tub or sauna
It wouldn’t be a proper Raglan holiday if you didn’t take some time to just hang out and chill. Take some time off worrying about going everywhere and doing everything. Seek refuge from the elements and sweat it out in our hostel sauna, or feel the rain on your face while the rest of you is toasty in the 40° hot tub.
9. Get crafty
Inspired by Raglan’s thriving art scene? We have a whole chest full of arts and crafts supplies so use your imagination, get messy and see what you can create.
10. Embrace the rain
Sure we all love sunshine, but Raglan’s coastline on a stormy day can be just as epic. Listen to the roar of mighty waves crashing against the rocks and be reminded of the power mother nature. Or if it’s just a bit of drizzle, rent a surfboard, catch some waves and you won’t even notice the rain.