Lazing in the sun on one of the couches on the lawn watching the magnificent swell lines roll in across the bay.
In a nutshell
No. of rooms
50+ beds in a variety of accommodation types across 10 acres.
The design aesthetic is...
organic and au’natural with rustic repurposed railway cabooses, eco-cabins made out natural materials, tipi’s amongst the trees.
The typical guest is...
traveling surfers, adventurous families, conscious backpackers and Aucklandites on a weekend trip.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
There are LOADS. A true dedication to sustainability. Plenty of upcycled materials, an organic plant-based kitchen using vegetables grown on the property, recycling and composting.
The location is...
tucked amongst rolling farmland, high up on the ridge looking out over the Manu Bay close to the cool coastal town of Raglan.
Interaction is encouraged by....
fantastic large common space which operates as a organic plant-based café and restaurant, loads of group surf trips, on-site yoga and horticulture workshops.
You should stay here because
you’ll reconnect with nature and awaken your sense of sustainability and be inspired by the beauty of the west coast of the NZ North Island.
Great social vibe... most people welcoming interactions, very easy to meet people, a bar or meeting place/lobby to hangout in.
What took you there?
Impromptu summer trip to NZ over New Years, chasing waves and some time to myself.
What was your room like?
I stayed in a cozy little railway caboose that had been converted to a little cabin with just enough room for a queen bed.
What about the venue
Solscape is an incredible venue… there are not too many affordable boutique accommodations that have a such a strong and pervasive emphasis on sustainability, encouraging guests to connect with nature and the stunning surroundings. Owners Phil and Bernadette have, with plenty of love over 10 years, created a truly special place.
Scattered amongst the rambling vegetable gardens, are a range of accommodation options and price points, most of which incorporate the sharing of communal bathrooms. I stayed in a repurposed rail caboose which was so cozy, and something you just have to try.
A real highlight for me was the organic plant-based café/restaurant, serving up fulfilling meals and drinks… I was on a strict diet of mango and coconut smoothies, fresh-cut salads and delicious wood–fired pizzas… at all times meals are prepared practicing the principles of the permaculture workshops run throughout the year, which I will try and time my next visit for.
Possibly thanks to the active volunteer work program available at Solscape, in chatting with the staff I found they were a really great mix of different cultures and nationalities from around the globe. It seemed like they all shared a mindful and conscious approach to life and bringing goodness to guests.
Tell us about the destination
The west coast of the North Island of New Zealand is incredibly stunning – lined by rolling farmlands, huge headlands, wild black-sand beaches. Solscape also happens to be a few minutes from one of NZ’s best surf breaks – Raglan Point -a long cobblestone lefthander which peels for hundreds of meters with plenty of surfing at nearby beach breaks.
The closest town, Raglan, is a little bohemian-esque coastal town with plenty of great spots to grab a bite, a coffee, or pick up arts and crafts.
Who did you meet there?
I met a number of really lovely European travellers, now living and working at Solscape. Many of them arrived for a holiday, but they were so enchanted by the area that they stayed on.
Being only a couple of minutes from NZ’s (and one of the world’s) best waves, Surfing is a highly recommended activity. Solscape rents boards, wetsuits, instructors and everything else needed to get you in the water.