Explore Raglan off the beaten track
Raglan is a friendly, vibrant town with so much going for it. The abundance of native bush, lush rural plains and stunning ocean views surrounding us is one thing, but our unique & creative community is what sets us apart. Sure, you’ve heard of all the main hot spots and things to do in Raglan, but have you explored any of our local hidden gems? We thought we’d share with you a guide to explore Raglan off the beaten track, to add to your list of things to do while discovering our beautiful little town, and to help you get acquainted with or settle in to our awesome community! Each of these places have been started by a local community member, as a creative outlet or a small business idea, that prove there is endless opportunity in a town like Raglan!
La petite galerie
After finding herself with extra time on her hands to paint over lockdown, local artist Laurie Kirby needed a space to keep all of her new works. La Petite Galerie was born out of a need for this space, and to also showcase other local artists. Often open on the weekends, you will find a range of local artists works lining the walls. The perfect place to go and explore our local creative talent, or purchase a unique piece of art for your home. Located right in town, at 19D bow street. You can’t miss it!
Wabi Sabi Studio is a creative space where the ethos is about organically unfolding over time and allowing space for that. From furniture to an art gallery to clothing to an artist’s studio, it provides a space for inspiring design and ideas to showcase and come together. The founder Nadine is hoping to provide a space for eclectic and fresh things that feel spacious in context. Wabi Sabi is open on the weekends, a spot to find some truly unique, local treasures. They also run public exhibitions & installations occasionally throughout the year. Located at 11 Bankart St, just off the main strip.
Pop up Community Kai & Craft
Raglan’s tiniest shop has offered a shopfront for a number of local small businesses over the years. It’s newest initiative Community Kai & Craft has transformed the tiny shop into a real community hub that showcases local foodies, artists, and other small-scale ventures to share their hand-crafted products in the main street of Raglan on a regular basis. Located between Trade Aid and Bohemian Gypsy on Bow St, Raglan.
The Monster Company is a creative collaboration between Hayley Hamilton, Karla Stevenson and Craig Hamilton. Creating works from clay, wood and mixed media, each piece that leaves their open studio in Raglan is hand crafted by the three of them. Having an open studio allows the artists to interact with their customers and allow them to experience their process of making. Well worth a visit, you’re bound to find something you like with their range of cute & funky pieces. Located at 58 Wallis Street, Raglan.
“Raglan has been a cornerstone part of both of our journeys and ultimately allows us to be in a community of creative thinkers and makers. Being so close to the sea and the mountain keeps us grounded and gives us a lovely sense of peace when the ideas won’t stop.”
The Hut is Rangitahi’s newest eco-conscious coffee shop/cafe that offers locally roasted coffee and produce sourced within the region. With an ode to simplicity, The Hut gets back to basics and offers well-made coffee and homemade toasties, scones and Volare’s delicious sausage rolls!! The Hut is also promoting eco-friendly solutions to cafe culture by excluding take-away cups from their menu and offering have here, borrow a cup or BYO instead. Make sure to come and check it out, and enjoy your morning coffee with a view! Located on Rangitahi Road, right next to the Rangitahi site office. Open Mon – Fri 8am – 2pm. Make sure you’re following them on social media for their weekly Saturday hours @the_hut_rangitahi
Soul Food Farm
Kylie and Eddie started Soul food farm out of a love for growing their own veggies and wanting to share this organic fresh produce with their community. Now they run their own market garden business on their property in Raglan, using organic principles to grow fresh seasonal produce which they sell to local cafes and restaurants, and to the community via their website. What’s cool is they update their produce on their website every week, so you know it’s fresh, and they even deliver to your door! Get in touch via their facebook page here if you’d like to visit their beautiful market garden, located just out of town at 3729 State Highway 23. Or order your weekly fresh produce via their website here.
This is just an introduction to the array of creative talent and small businesses here in Raglan, that are offering unique services and products to the local community. This is the kind of community you can be a part of when living at Rangitahi… Find out what sections are available today, download our Stage 2 & 3 maps on our explore page here, or email us at email@example.com for more info.