Spring Weekend Escape to Raglan


There’s no better way to start your day than with a steaming hot cup of coffee. And there’s no brew finer than the one served from Raglan Roast’s tucked away window. A real ‘hole in the wall’ spot, this isn’t your ordinary coffee shop. A favourite for locals and travellers alike, this is a must for any self-confessed coffee connoisseur. Plus, you won’t be getting your morning dose of caffeine alone— everyone brings their dogs along with them so be sure to get your furry friend fi x at the same time.



Hidden up and above the main road in Raglan, a midmorning yoga session at The Space is the perfect way to slow down and get you mind adjusted to Raglan’s chill vibe. With its community focus, simple minimalist design, and passionate teachers, The Space is a great place for everyone, from seasoned yogis to first time downward doggers. Take a journey up to this peaceful sanctuary to enjoy authentic yoga as it should be.



Once you’re all limbered up from your yoga practice, why not continue the relaxation with a trip to Solscape to try out one of their many holistic wellness therapies. From massage and bodywork, to reiki and hypnotherapy, there’s a therapy for pretty much any bodily complaint. Whether you’re wanting to detox, release tension, fi nd a new level of calm, or just want to treat yourself, then let the experienced therapists work their magic.



Now that you’re all relaxed, make your way over to the converted woolshed that is Rock-It Kitchen to grab a late lunch. Fitting in with the relaxed vibe of Raglan, Rock-It is surrounded by forest and even has a stream fl owing through the bottom of the garden, making it an idyllic spot for a bite to eat. The menu changes with the seasons, but always focuses on local and organic food packed with heaps of flavour.



Although not technically in Raglan itself, a quick drive will get you to the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls. Nestled within lush greenery, this waterfall is a view not to be missed. The falls, at 55 metres high, offer spectacular views and are the perfect opportunity for an Instagram shot. Get some fresh air and take a stroll down to the base, stopping at all the vantage points on the way of course.



Would any trip to a seaside town be complete without a beach sunset? Probably not. So why not take it up a notch and watch the sun set over the waves on horseback? The folks at Surf and Turf Raglan specialise in customisable horse riding tours that will delight any and all sunset enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for a little adventure or a romantic activity, this is one picture perfect experience.



After such a wholesome day, it’s only right to grab a drink and sit down to watch the last of the sun set under the verandah at the Harbour View Hotel. Built on the main street in 1866, the hotel is an iconic part of Raglan. Once the sun goes down head inside to sample one of the options from their award-winning a la carte menu, from classic Kiwi pub meals and gourmet pizzas, to fresher than fresh seafood, this is the perfect way to end your day in Raglan.


Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts