Voted New Zealand's Best Medium Sized Hostel 2017

Come and see for yourself why we were voted number 1 by BBH members!


Raglan is world famous for its left hand point breaks, but we also have a fantastic 3km long sandy surf beach, great for beginners and old hands alike.


Raglan Surf Lessons with Raglan Surfing School

We surf all year round in Raglan, with surf lessons held everyday of the year (except Christmas day and New Year’s day). The surf lessons take 3 hours, include all the gear and cost $79. Its a fantastic way to learn the basics, the next day you can just rent a board and practice by yourself.

Do I need a surf lesson?

A beginner surf lesson is great if you have not spent much time in surf before, or if you have tried surfing and are still struggling to stand up . You’ll learn a lot about safety in the water and get the hang of all the basics. You should only need one beginner lesson, after that its a matter of practicing. A lot of people however do just rent a board, we give you some basic tips and safety info and then you can head to the beach with the group and give it a go! Ask for more details to choose the option that is right for you.

We offer one on one lessons for more advanced surfers who have a special issue about their surfing that they want to address (these need to be booked at least two days in advance).


Surf Board Rentals Raglan

We have a full range of boards and wetsuits for rent all year round.

Our special combo we believe is the best price in town,

For a full day its just
$30 for a beginner surf board and wetsuit (or $25 if you don’t need a wetsuit).
This includes free tips, transport to the beach or roof racks, and booties in winter.

Its just $35 if you are more experienced and want more of a performance/short board.

You can build your own totally flexible multi day surf packages…one surf lesson costs $79, one night in a dorm costs $29*, after a lesson you just need to hire the gear, a full day session starts from $30 (and we drive you to the beach). prices valid till September 30th 2017.

For example a 3 day surf package is one lesson, two nights accommodation and 2 full day surf rentals for only $197!! Build the package however you want and decide on the surfing as you go, accommodation is the only thing you have to book in advance.

We offer lots of tips for beginners, and daily transport to Raglan’s sandy surf beach (5min drive from hostel). For those beginners not wanting a professional lesson, we are happy to spend time with you before surfing to show you the basics of how to stand up and some water safety tips (but we will not be in the water with you, if you would like that, go for the full surf lesson option) . Just hiring the surf gear and giving it a go is a great option for those on a tight budget or who feel ambitious enough to learn on their own.

raglan backpackers winter 2017 specials
Free stuff at the bbh hostel
  • Hot spa pool

  • Hot infared sauna

  • Internet

  • Kayaks

  • Books, games, etc.

  • Fishing rods

  • Skimboards

  • Golf clubs