The minute we unlocked the creaky old door to our overnight train I knew at least part of my fantasy was coming true! I had actually been wanting to stay at Solscape in Raglan for years now because they have these amazing tipi's in the bush. As fate would have it though they were going to prove much too cold to sleep in at this time of year so I reluctantly checked out their other accommodation option... earth domes, cabooses, eco baches and *gasp* a 17 metre long original train carriage!! SOLD! We spent a cosy evening inside cooking up a feast while outside the wind howled and the rain pelted at the windows, even the lighting and thunder that woke us in the night somehow only added to the magic.
Raglan itself is a pretty stunning place. It's a small town about two hours out of Auckland that is nestled in between a rugged coastline and a huge harbour. From all accounts there are two reasons why people move here, to surf and/ or to do yoga! All the locals know each other and life moves at it's own pace. It's safe to say that we fell in love with this little place almost instantly. We'll also definitely be coming back to Solscape over summer to try out the tipi's.