About Karioi Lodge


Kia ora and welcome to an amazing off-beat backpackers and campervan site in Whale Bay, Raglan, New Zealand.

If you’re searching for mind blowing Raglan accommodation at a budget price then you’re in luck. This eco surf retreat is on the west coast of New Zealand in the mighty Waikato region. 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 also provide a magical Raglan venue for weddings, corporate events and other special occasions.

Karioi Lodge offers 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.

No transportation? No problem! Free pick ups and drops offs from Raglan township or you can join one of our daily shuttles to town/beach during your stay to explore Raglan attractions and sightseeing – funky cafes, live music, scenic walkways, festivals, markets, golf, fish ‘n’ chips, arts and crafts and so much more.

Booking enquiries – Our primo office staff will help you to organise other fun Raglan activities to do during your stay. You can receive discounts on the activities below just by being a Karioi guest.

There’s daily beginner surfing lessons, surfboard and wetsuit rental, coastal horse trekking with Wild Coast RuapukeMagic Mountain horse treks that can take you on a trek to Bridal Veil Falls, sunset harbour cruises on our Wahine Moefishing charters, kayaking on a guided tour or rent to explore the harbour on your own, golf, local Hot Rocks Massage and learning to kite surf.