Karioi Lodge
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Karioi Lodge is an eco surf retreat is on the west coast of New Zealand. Around 50 minutes drive from Hamilton city and just 8kms from Raglan township. You will find us located in Whale Bay, on a 110 acres of native New Zealand bush. Karioi Lodge caters for travellers, backpackers, families and large groups seeking off-beat NZ accommodation.

We offer un-crowded rooms, equipped kitchens, powered campervan sites, lazy hammocks, blissful sun decks, mountain bike hire, unique glow worms, pool table and ping pong, BBQs, computer access and Wi-Fi, 42” plasma satellite TV and lots more! It is the perfect spot from which to enjoy Raglan activities with direct access to tramping, fishing, beaches, surf points and surf lessons. Explore surrounding Whale Bay, or the mountain on our one hour loop track through the bush. Get inspired at our spectacular lookout – Inspiration Point and then warm up in the sauna.

The lodge is also home of the Raglan Surfing School where surf lessons and surf rentals take place daily. For the keen learner surfer try one of our surf packages which saves you money and gives you more time to work on your surfing skills and enjoying Raglan.

Telephone: (07) 825 SURF (7873)

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What do the guests say?



4/5 (TripAdvisor)


Guests loved the location and beautiful scenery, they enjoyed the nearby walks and glow worms. They also commented on how great the surf school was.


Say the location is great


Loved the atmosphere


Said the scenery was amazing


Would stay here again

What are the rooms like?

4 bed dorm
twin rooms
double room

Hostel amenities

Heaters, fresh clean linen, pillows and blankets are supplied in all of the rooms. Some dorm rooms have sea views, most have beautiful bush and mountain views. All rooms are in close proximity to shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most rooms have hammocks and sunny decks outside for relaxing on.

parking Campervan Sites – enjoy the privacy and unique setting of our campervan sites. Park up on ‘Manuka Terrace’ at one of 9 powered sites, relax in beautiful native bush surrounds, listen to birdsong, and the sound of the ocean. Campervan bliss! Nearby kitchen and bathroom facilities are available for campers convenience.
smoking Bathrooms – hot water showers and toilets are in close proximity to all rooms. There are two bathroom blocks including 3 showers in each (male and female blocks) and two private bathroom units with shower and toilet available for all guests.
kitchen Kitchen – there are two fully equipped kitchens with microwaves, ovens, large fridges, pots, pans and other cooking, eating and cleaning utensils. Enjoy cooking in our large kitchen next to the main lounge or in the smaller kitchen downstairs, which opens up to an outdoor patio area. A BBQ and gas bottle is supplied for guest use. Campervan guests are welcome to use the backpacker kitchens but also have a separate equipped kitchen in the campsite.
sauna Sauna – a Scandinavian style sauna is on every evening and free for guests to use. Steam up till you’re cooked, then pop to the outdoor shower for a quick cool off before hopping back in. Repeat until done. Definitely a must for those who have been busy tramping the mountain, surfing or exploring the rocky Whale Bay coastline.
tv room Bush technics – we may be located in a bush paradise 8kms from town but we’re not completely isolated! We are keeping you connected with computer access and Wi-Fi facilities, satellite TV with all the channels including sports and movies on a 42 inch plasma TV, DVD/video player with collection of DVDs and VHS and a plugged in hard-drive full of movies to watch on chill out days.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check in after hours?

Contact us directly via phone or email and we can arrange for after hours check in.

What time is check out? Can I have a late checkout?

Check out is 10 am. Please let us know if you require late check out otherwise.

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept VISA, Mastercard and cash. Payment on arrival is preferred. We do require credit details if booking over the phone.

How long does it take to get into town?

Raglan is a 10 minute drive away from the lodge.

Do you have free WiFi?

Yes, Free Unlimited.

Are there any shops or places to eat nearby?

There are places to eat and shop at Raglan which is a 10 minute drive.

Hostel location

Karioi Lodge is located at 5B Whaanga Rd, Raglan 3297. Here are some things to do near this location:

  • Surfing! We offer surf lessons, board hire and transport to the beach
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Bush walks
  • Raglan township offers great coffee, art galleries and creative markets
  • Sunset boat cruise