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Raglan Backpackers and Waterfront Lodge
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“Chillest place with the coolest staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is DA bomb. I met some of the coolest people here. They have a BBQ, Hot tub, Sauna, multiple surf and water-related activities gear, they are 1 block from downtown, Kieran, Estelle, Alex, Frankie, and the rest of the gang were super cool. The hostel is located along the lake and is a 10 minute drive from the beach. Everyone is incredibly laid back, and of the 10 or so different places I stayed in New Zealand, Raglan felt most laid-back, like my friends back at home, and was an excellent value for my money. Additionally, it was clean, and they even have a cat and dog and beer fridges on site :D Thank you guys! I had such an awesome timeeeeeee!

Room Tip: All rooms are sweet. 4 and 6 room dorms gives a great deal of room in the center
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  • Stayed March 2017, travelled solo
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Clean rooms, nice kitchen, great vibe, hammocks, a sauna, a hot tub, BBQ, pizza oven, and free kayaks. What more could you possibly want from a hostel? Definitely the place to stay in Raglan. Would stay here again.

Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2017

The place gets booked very quickly during the vacation period and summer. Make sure to call ahead to reserve your room.

As stated in previous posts, this was a great place to stay. Here are some additional items that I would like to add.

Pros
1. lots of games, tv room, golf clubs, tennis rackets, kayaks, surf boards, etc. All goods to keep you from being bored are available.
2. right next to the water. It overlooks a small bay and a 30 second walk into town.
3. library is next door to connect to wifi. you don't need wifi at the hostel so you can actually communicate with others.
4. some beds are queen or king sized beds. if you get one of those, you are golden.
5. most people there are pretty relaxed and chill.
6. you will get a good sleep since quiet hours start at 9:30pm.

Cons
I could not really think of anything bad there.

Room Tip: The rooms in the far end are great. They have some queen and king sized beds.
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  • Stayed March 2017, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Fantastic backpackers! A lot of the staff working here are long-term guests but they always made short-term travellers feel welcome. This backpackers definitely provides you with a home away from home, with a fantastic atmosphere, rooms and facilities. There is no wifi on the premises but there is free wifi at the library which is a 1 min walk. Love the idea of no one being on their phones and actually interacting and talking with one another. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2017, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Brilliant place to stay. The owners are amazing they have everything you could need and do their utmost to help you enjoy your stay. Its really clean as well. The only thing is that the people working for accommodation their have probably been there too long and treating the place like its theirs to rule. I wouldn't let this detract you from staying though as these people come and go all the time.

Room Tip: Sea views in some rooms
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Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Raglan Backpackers and Waterfront Lodge

Property: Raglan Backpackers and Waterfront Lodge
Address: 6 Wi Neera Street, Raglan 3225, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Raglan
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Raglan
Price range (per night): $29 - $109
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Raglan Backpackers hostel New Zealand is located on the water's edge of Raglan's beautiful harbour, looking out across the water to Mt Karioi. Purpose-built accommodation for your comfort and security, we take pride in our clean facilities, friendly atmosphere, surfing knowledge and helpful staff. All rooms open onto a private central courtyard garden, where you can relax in a hammock or enjoy the hot tub. The living room and dining area open onto the grass lawn which is absolute waterfront.AS a guest you have free use of our mountain bikes, kayaks, sauna and spa pool. We have also have a full range of surf boards for hire, with transport to the surf beach (5 min drive). ... more   less 

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