The Glasshouse is just fifteen minutes away from the vibrant and bustling little town of Raglan. A hive of activity in the summer months, Raglan is quirky and flamboyant with an eclectic range of galleries, cafes, craft boutiques and vintage shops. Attracting surfers and travellers from all over the world, its dynamism is irresistible. Whaingaroa, the Maori name for Raglan, means ‘the long pursuit’ and you’ll feel like you’ve arrived somewhere special when you soak up its distinctive charm.
restaurants & cafes
Raglan is well known for its exceptional coffee and variety of eateries. Raglan Roast has been serving locals and wowing visitors from its ‘hole-in-the-wall’ down Volcom Lane since it opened and now its coffee is served at other outlets in Raglan and around the country. Rock-it Kitchen, The Shack, and The Pantry are popular brunch spots and Wallis Bistro, Orca, The Wharf and the historic Harbour View Hotel are great places to have a cold drink, bite to eat and soak up the atmosphere. Strolling around this dynamic town you’ll discover more along the way. Solscape has a vegan café/restaurant just before Whale Bay. The Yot Club hosts gigs and events, attracting the best of New Zealand’s music talent. During the summer months they run the popular Sunday Sessions down Volcom Lane.
The lively streets of Raglan are not only full of character but are a browser’s dream with art, craft, fashion and design, surf gear, kite and paraglide equipment, organic produce and quirky vintage goods and bric-a-brac all for sale in Raglan’s shops and galleries. From the unique photography at B.rex Picture Framing to Show-Off on the main street and Kanuka Design Gallery down Volcom Lane, there are unique and beautiful art pieces to take home around every corner. Atamira has beautifully selected fashion, books and accessories, while Raglan Surf Co. and Raglan Surf Emporium provide surf gear and summer essentials. Ozone’s Volcom Lane shop has cutting edge kitesurfing and paragliding equipment. The Herbal Dispensary and Wok sell local and organic produce while down at the Wharf you’ll be treated to the flagship store for Tony Sly Pottery as well as Soul Shoes and vintage shops full of antiques and curiosities. Drifting around the vibrant footpaths will reveal more of Raglan’s shopping treasures.