5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Raglan

© Solscape

Where to Stay in Raglan on a Budget

It’s a difficult choice! Some of the best hostels in the country are right here in this small surf town. So what you’re trying to save the cents, which of the backpacker hostels in Raglan do you pick?!

We’ll list all your backpacker accommodation options for an awesome stay in New Zealand’s most popular surf town. While you’re in this coastal paradise, make sure you check out some of the 10 Must-Dos in Raglan including surfing, canyoning, kayaking to the pancake rocks, hiking and much more! When you’re done in Raglan, plan what’s next in the Waikato region with our Waikato – Guide for Backpackers.

1. Raglan Backpackers

This small but characterful hostel is a surfer’s paradise. Rooms are surrounding a garden courtyard complete with hammocks, sauna and spa pool. There are social events almost every night with pizza nights, movie nights, yoga and more. Plus, if you want to go for a surf, the Raglan Backpackers has all the gear for hire. This hostel is part of BBH, so members make use of the discount!

Check Raglan Backpackers out:

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2. Karioi Lodge

Stay off the beaten track in this lodge nestled in native forest. While Karioi Lodge is 10 minutes drive from Raglan, daily shuttles take you to town or popular surf spots. As well as backpacker accommodation, Karioi Lodge also has a surf school for some “surf n’ stay” combos. Campervans are welcome too in their powered sites.

Check Karioi Lodge out:

Karioi Lodge© Karioi Lodge

3. Solscape Eco Retreat

With some of the most unique accommodation in the whole country, Solscape is definitely worth considering. Solscape pride itself on being environmentally friendly with their recycled railway cabooses, tipis in the forest, glamping tents and earth domes in their off-the-beaten-track location (10 minutes drive from Raglan). There’s also self-contained accommodation, as well as powered sites and tent sites. You’ll be entertained the whole time with Solscape offering surf schools, yoga classes and massage therapies. What’s more, the hostel is a member of BBH and YHA.

Check Solscape Eco Retreat out:

Solscape© Solscape

4. Lazy Stayz

Ideally located in the centre of Raglan, Lazy Stayz is a warm and homely hostel. The surf hostel provides boards and wetsuits for free, as well as all the essential facilities for your stay. Free WiFi is a bonus!

Lazy Stayz© Lazy Stayz

5. Raglan Kopua Holiday Park

An alternative budget accommodation for backpackers in Raglan is the Raglan Kopua Holiday Park. Stay in affordable cabins or powered sites/tent sites while making use of shared facilities like a huge kitchen, games room, barbecue area, laundry and more. (If you haven’t stayed in a New Zealand holiday park before, here’s what to expect). The holiday park is only a 10-15 minute walk from the town centre.

Raglan Holiday Park© Raglan Holiday Park


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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