Retire to Raglan
There comes a time to start thinking about downsizing a larger family home and buying somewhere smaller that suits a quieter pace of life. There are many things to consider when looking to slow down or retire, and we believe that Raglan is a great spot!
Here are a few reasons to look to Raglan for when you are ready to retire.
Nature at your doorstep
One of the biggest draw cards to Raglan is being surrounded by nature. Water is a large part of the Raglan lifestyle with many options to keep you on the move: surfing the waves, paddle boarding, kayaking up the harbour, or make the most of the still days and heading out for a fishing trip. There are plenty of water-based options to enjoy regularly, and the Raglan Coast Guard offers local safety lessons and a volunteer service.
If water sports are not your thing, there are many outdoor walks to enjoy. From full-day treks up Mt Karioi to 15-minute strolls to take in the view above Ngarunui beach, there is something for everyone including 14km worth of mostly coastal tracks around the Rangitahi peninsula. Check out a post we did HERE of our favourite walks to do in and around Raglan. There is even a local walking group, The Raglan Ramblers that meet every Wednesday morning to go on walking expeditions around the Raglan area.
Close to major cities for work and medical care
While Raglan is a small coastal village, it is situated only 35 minutes from Hamilton or 2 hours from Auckland. Raglan is part of the Waikato DHB, with the Hamilton hospital which is 42 km away being the closest public hospital. Many private health care options are also available. If you are semi-retired and still need to be close to a main town centre for work and meetings, Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga are all near with an easy drive to each. Hamilton Airport is only 45 minutes away and Raglan Shuttles is an easy service to get you there.
Natural health & wellness
Raglan is well known for its laid-back lifestyle and preference for natural health and wellness. So it should come as no surprise that there are many different services to keep you fit and healthy - naturally. As well as the local GP, there are also many natural health providers. For example, the Herbal Dispensary has a dedicated team of registered Naturopaths & Medical Herbalists. In addition, there is a good selection of health care providers to keep the aches and pains at bay, such as Raglan Chiropractic and Nikau Osteo. And of course, Raglan has many Pilates and Yoga classes available such as Seed Pilates, Lifted and The Space Raglan.
Finding a massage won't be an issue with businesses like Raglan Seaside Massage on hand.
We are especially excited for the completion of the Whaingaroa public pool and gym which will be located here on Rangitahi as well.
Excellent cuisine & café culture
Our local cuisine has a lot going for a small town! We have over ten seated restaurants / cafés serving high-quality and unique dining options. In addition to these, we also have a good handful of takeaway coffee shops with locally roasted coffee on order. Two of our favourite local eateries are:
IsoBar, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is all about celebrating local growers and quality ingredients. Their modern European menu is clean and simple, yet packed with flavour and designed around fresh, seasonal ingredients.
The Shack, Is everyone's favourite breakfast and lunch venue, they have been a part of the local scene for 10 solid years and work hard to provide Raglan locals and travellers alike a great place to eat, drink and just be. The Shack serves up delicious coffee, satisfying breakfasts and tasty lunches. The team use the finest local produce to devise a delicious menu and ever-changing daily specials.
You will be spoilt for choice with our range of eat-in and takeaway options. Also, If you want to get involved with the local community, you can join in the quiz night at the Harbour View Hotel or join The Raglan Club for local's nights and bowls.
The local art scene
There is no doubt that Raglan locals are a creative bunch! Raglan is home to many residing artists who display their work around the various and many local art galleries. The Wharf area is home to the likes of Tony Sly Pottery and The Wharf Gallery, and in town, you can find local artists in La Petite Galerie, Kanuka Design Gallery and other boutique galleries in and around the smaller lanes in town. Here is a handy MAP for the Raglan arts weekend showing some of the many local artists.The Raglan Arts Centre is home to many exhibitions and holds various community groups and classes, such as The Clay Shed. Joining a group is a great way to be involved with the local artistic community, meet new friends, and learn new skills, there are many workshops on offer at the art centre - you could join the film club, get creative with the art classes or even take up a new instrument with the ukulele group!
The Rangitahi Peninsula is Raglan's newest property offering: A new urban sustainable neighbourhood. Rangitahi aims to provide land for those wanting to join this laid-back seaside community, build their own dreams, and to create a life that promises beauty and simplicity. With a variety of sections available, you can start your next journey in a beautiful new neighbourhood. There are 14km of walking tracks around the peninsula surrounded by NZ native greenery and bird life. Along the trail, there are many pockets of producing fruit trees for all to enjoy. In addition, there will be a selection of boutique shops, including a licensed cafe/restaurant and a planned indoor pool and fitness centre. With amazing views and easy access to the water, you will find everything you need and more.
To find out more about what is available at Rangitahi, you can contact Sam HERE to have a personal tour of the available sections, and he can take you through the Rangitahi vision. You will be amazed at some of the high-quality housing being built here in this modern, sustainable part of New Zealand.
Tony Sly on living the 'country to city' lifestyle
"The Waikato expressway now means we can be door to door in 1 hour 45 mins! That compares favourably with catching the ferry to Waiheke or driving north to Matakana and is less congested."
Beauty by the coast, three local businesses to look out for
Reason #287 for moving to Raglan. Meet these latest additions to the Raglan wellness scene.
Front yard gardening and maintenance
Planting and landscaping on Rangitahi, here are some helpful pointers and visual reference. Along with our Rangitahi Design Guidelines.
Spring cleaning tips
Spring cleaning tips and resources for a successful start into your Raglan summer
Rangitahi Farmers Market
The Rangitahi Farmers Market season is about to start! Join us on Saturday, Dec 16th for the first market of the season. Shop local Raglan produce, fresh flowers and artisan products while enjoying breakfast on the peninsula.
Why this young couple, Jack and Paige made the move from Auckland to the quieter pace of life in Raglan
When we first started looking at moving to Raglan, buying into a new urban sustainable neighbourhood really appealed to us and we like that the Rangitahi developers are encouraging interesting buildings that steer away from the ‘norm’ to fit with Raglan’s ideal.
The Weston House
"Raglan quickly became a place that felt like somewhere we could call home". The couple behind, Weston Builders have allowed us a peek into their own home here on Rangitahi. The look? A mix that might be described as Scandinavian design intertwining with contemporary farmhouse aesthetics.
North Point Residences is Best Design Awards finalist
We are proud to see this incredible Red Architecture design being recognised by the Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards. Just another Rangitahi gem!
Meet Fuegos, the perfect wood fire bbq for the new grilling season
Up-level your outdoor entertaining area! Wood fire bbq made with high-quality materials such as thick steel plates, stainless steel grills and cast iron cooking surfaces. These materials are known for their durability and ability to withstand high temperatures, making them perfect for outdoor grilling.
Things to consider before choosing your outdoor fireplace
We've compiled a little list of things to consider when choosing an outdoor fireplace...
We prioritise high-performing products, including non-toxic, breathable linings, plasters and paints, thermally treated timber cladding & exothermic sheep wool insulation. Our windows and doors use thermally broken aluminium and argon gas glazing, which exceeds the new H1 standards. - Dylan, Back to Nature Carpentry
Moving Houses | And why it is worth considering
While there is a romanticism about watching your house being built on site, there is an undeniable advantage to building off-site in a dry workspace and away from weather impact! Explore transportable homes on Rangitahi, Raglan.
Work remotely from Raglan
Thanks to the improved motorway, we can now be in Auckland CBD in just two hours, which is perfect for a part-time commute or - weekend staycation on the west coast for those wanting to stay in the city during the week. Live in Raglan and work from home.
Here at Rangitahi, we are committed to providing our community with a place that encourages and fosters self-sufficiency and sustainability. This includes looking at alternative ways of living and building with the next generations in mind.
Come stay a while
There are several small and full-family home Airbnb's on the Rangitahi Peninsula, spoiled for choice, you simply need to decide between water views or rolling hills.
The Rangitahi Affordable Housing Project
Inspired by Nightingale Housing in Melbourne, we wanted to provide an opportunity for five Raglan families to purchase their first home at cost price. The project is covenanted to protect the lower purchase price and provide benefits to families over a longer period of time. This is one response to the current housing challenges here in Raglan.
Pro Tips with Calla Landscapes
We sat down with Jordan from Calla Landscapes to talk all things, plants and planning for a successful outdoor retreat area. Made for living not trimming.
Rangitahi, a family heaven
"The relaxed way of life here in Raglan quickly made me fall for this place, and now I can't imagine having my girls growing up elsewhere!" - Anne Paar
Pre-wire your home to hide the conduit and ensure everything is seamlessly installed. So it’s ready to generate and store solar energy from the day you move in.
Coolhouse | A compact and efficient design
They didn’t want to start designing from scratch but knew they wanted to work with a registered Architect, be able to modify where necessary and have a home with quality specifications. Being very busy people, they liked that there was a straightforward process to follow.
Lot #505 Living by the Reserve
You can pull your kayak or paddle-board into the harbour and explore the waterways at any time of the year. And come summer, it will make an excellent high tide swimming spot for the whole family to enjoy.
The Landing, stage 5 is now selling
Just add your Kayak and you are set with one of these incredible waterfront sections on Raglan's Rangitahi peninsula. Come and be part of New Zealand's most unique lifestyle development.
3 Tips to stay on track with your design and building process
Photographer and mother to four, Mel Vink is sharing 3 design tips to stay on track with the building process of their dream family home here on Rangitahi, Raglan. How she brings the Bali / Byron vibe to New Zealand and local companies she sourced in the process.
What do the Rangitahi street names mean?
A strong connection to the land and earth has been a key value for the family since day one of bringing the Rangitahi project to life. Here are two ways that are currently supporting this vision and intention. One being the Rangitahi street names and the other is our protected and researched archeological sites within the Rangitahi peninsula in Raglan - Whaingaroa.
Meet the Locals - Coaster Coffee
The Hut here in Rangitahi is always being asked about their delicious locally roasted coffee - Coaster Coffee. So we thought it was about time that we found out more about Malcolm, who is the one-man band behind Coaster Coffee.
Raglan based bespoke kitchens & living design
Sustainably crafted furniture and holistic living design, all in a one-stop-shop experience can be found right here in Raglan NZ. Meet the German cabinet maker and designer couple behind Motide.
Modern Mediterranean in Rangitahi Peninsula
Casa del Sol is one of the most unique homes in Rangitahi would have to be the modern Mediterranean home in The Village precinct just after you enter the Rangitahi community.
Hay Property wins gold in house of the year awards
Local builders Hay Property recently won a regional gold award at the Master Builders house of the year awards for this stunning home, designed by Red Architecture.
Raglan Artisan Goods
Buying locally in Raglan couldn't be any easier with the number of delicious artisan products that are available.
Top 5 flooring trends for your new home in 2023
When designing the interior of your new home, flooring is sometimes the last thing you think about, whereas you should start designing from the ground up. Choosing the right flooring for your home...
Raglan Pool Manufacturers - Poolsmart
Did you know that Raglan has our very own innovative pool manufacturing business that creates fully self-contained pools? All you need is a concrete pad, and they can drop it into place, fill it up with water, and it's good to go.
The benefits of solar power for your new build
Here in Rangitahi, we love homes that put sustainability at the forefront of their design, and one of the best ways to do your part in reducing your energy consumption is to install solar power into your new build by our local pros at Stendy Electrical.
Live the kiwi dream with a coastal section in Raglan
Over the last few years, many of us have realised we can work from anywhere without being tied down to a major city – and this realisation has opened the door to endless possibilities for seeking out a simpler, more relaxed lifestyle...
Walking Tracks at Rangitahi
A favourite activity for many of the Rangitahi residents and visitors is to use the coastal walking tracks that circumnavigate the peninsula and crisscross into the residential areas, connecting the different precincts of the development together.
Ben & Jordie's new home in Rangitahi
We caught up with Ben and Jordie, who recently completed their new home in Rangitahi. Ben, an architectural designer for Urban Homes, was born and bred in Hamilton.
West Village, A new way of living in Rangitahi Peninsula
Designed by Red Architecture, inspired by its natural surroundings and colour palette, the West Village is an absolute gem greeting you as you drive over the bridge. Featuring a mixed use of boutique commercial spaces and lifestyle appartments here on the Rangitahi peninsula in Raglan.
Raglan Arts Weekend this Labour Day
With the Raglan Arts Weekend happening this Labour weekend, there is no better time to visit! A showcase of all the hidden artis studios in Raglan, grab a friend and come out west for a stroll around.
The Sanctuary is now complete!
The Sanctuary is the fourth stage of Rangitahi and is located on the western side of the Peninsula, providing beautiful views of the Raglan harbour, Mount Karioi and the golf course.
How to minimise new build budget risks
When entering the design phase of your new build, work with the architect to ensure you have included all of your must-haves at the beginning; any last-minute changes or product alterations can be costly and instantly blow the budget.
Designer Feature Series: Nixon Homes
Nixon Homes is a family-owned building company run by brothers Mike and Cameron Holmes, co-founded in 2018. Having grown up in Hamilton, the brothers spent a lot of time in Raglan and loving the coastal lifestyle.
When working on the grounds around your home and walking around the peninsula, keep your eye out for some of the nasty weeds that are common in our area.
Rangitahi Café plans are underway
We are excited to share some of the first glimpses of the Rangitahi Café plans with you!
Retire to Raglan
There comes a time to start thinking about downsizing a larger family home and buying somewhere smaller that suits a quieter pace of life. Here is why we think Rangitahi, Raglan is one of the top places to retire in New Zealand.
A Rangitahi Residents Feature in Homestyle Magazine
We were thrilled to see that a recently completed home in The Rangitahi Village was featured in the Homestyle Magazine. Rangitahi has several outstanding home designs not to be overlooked.
A new sand pit for the local school
Recently Rangitahi had the privilege of sponsoring a project at the local school, Raglan Area School.
Predator free Rangitahi
Rangitahi has a vision of protecting the ecological values of the land by undertaking extensive native regenerative planting and by being predator-free to help the wildlife flourish and increase the ecological connection between Karioi,
When you're moving around Rangitahi, you will undoubtedly see a Wainui Construction vehicle or signage in the area; they are a busy team closely connected to the Rangitahi project through their construction company and environmental business.
The Landing - Sales update May 22
In The Landing you will find your dream coastal section. In close proximity to all living essentials as well as all the fun! Come and explore the Rangitahi peninsula.
Meet the Locals: Crafted Concrete
There is nothing better than adding your personal touch to your home, and having a one-of-a-kind bespoke piece to create the exact look your after is a great way to add your flair to what could be an ordinary area.
Interior Design for your new build
Building a new home is an exciting journey, and along with creating a great exterior look comes the interior. For some this is a joyful experience, for others, it can be quite daunting.
Sustainable slab Insulation - Cupolex
Insulating your home is an essential step of the building process to ensure you live in a warm, dry house that meets the New Zealand building standards. Cupolex is manufactured using 100% recycled plastic created from waste in NZ.
Rangitahi Build Update
A summary of the latest buildings going up. Beautiful coastal designs that blend in with nature
When looking at New Zealand landscapes, you can often spot a lot of non-native growth, some of which is out of control and hinders New Zealand native plantings from growing and reproducing in their own natural habitat.
5 Raglan outdoor activities to do in Autumn
Raglan is well known for its natural beauty, with long stretches of black sand beaches to discover, stunning views looking out over the surfing points to take in, endless ocean activities and thriving flora and fauna..
Sales update + new section release coming soon!
The Peninsula is really beginning to take shape with so many great-looking homes starting to pop up and fill in the community. We are getting so many comments on how modern and stylish the Rangitahi is, with many people wanting to be a part of the Rangitahi crew. We have a few lingering sections from The Sanctuary remaining that are still up for grabs and only seven coastal sections left in the latest release at The Plateau.
New Release - The Landing
The Landing is the fifth stage of Rangitahi and will have 64 sections in total. The landing is nicely tucked away in a secluded basin with northeast views over the water and towards farmland.
Design Feature Series: White Wood Homes
As you drive through the peninsula, you may notice quite a few White Wood Homes signs, with five projects confirmed in Rangitahi - these local legends are making their mark with beautifully crafted homes for generations to enjoy.
Preparing for Lending
There has been a lot of talk in the media about tightening lending restrictions and higher interest rates, making things more difficult for buyers.
Abodo Cladding - A sustainable choice
Timber Cladding is timeless and a favourite material for many kiwis builds. There are various timbers that are on offer to provide different aesthetics. Meet Abodo...
Prime waterfront section available in the Sanctuary
Rangitahi is located near the Raglan township and is one of the most unique developments in New Zealand with a focus on building a sustainable neighbourhood and protecting the native flora and fauna.
Summertime in Raglan
Rangitahi is close to the Raglan town centre, so put on your walking shoes or grab some wheels and head into the unique township to enjoy the goodness of the local community.
Outdoor Heating Solutions
One way of expanding the use of your patio, deck or alfresco area is to install outdoor heating so you can extend the usability of this space throughout the different seasons.
The Rangitahi Peninsula – A Beautiful Neighbourhood
The Plateau is closely connected to the water’s edge and other stages via our open space network of walking tracks and footpaths.
Building a New Future
We teamed up with Xtreme Zero Waste who produced a handy guide for any businesses in the construction industry, and homeowners to help reduce their construction waste.
Raglan - Things to do this Spring + Summer!
Spring is finally here in Raglan and the sun has been shining, people are back out in the surf, swimming in the low tide pools, and enjoying the daily coastal lifestyle.
Designer Feature Series: Andrea Velasquez of Signature Homes
We had a chat with Andrea Velasquez, an architectural designer for design and build company Signature Homes based here in the Waikato. Andrea lives locally and has a really good sense of the Raglan coastal vibe and we can see that reflected in her designs.
Design Guideline Series: Fence Design + Inspiration
There are certain requirements that each property needs to achieve with regards to fencing at Rangitahi.
Small + Architectural: Our top 5 picks in New Zealand
Small homes can be designed and built onsite but many of them are transportable or prefabricated and trucked or shipped into place. The prefabricated versions are often constructed much quicker and arrive ready to be connected to the land.
Rangitahi Designer Series: Huis Design
We recently chatted to Mount Maunganui based design duo Marcus Bonk and Diego Marangoni of Huis Design studio about their holistic approach to architecture and how they have enjoyed designing for the Rangitahi Peninsula.
Rangitahi update: A Growing Community
The Sanctuary is closely connected to walking tracks on the harbour’s edge linking to the Rangitahi village where there will be a cafe, and a Saturday morning farmers market!
Design Guidelines Series: Designing for the Contour
There is very little flat land in Raglan or on the Rangitahi Peninsula. Accordingly an important principle in the design and layout of the houses is that they should describe and support the topography, not fight against it.
Meet Sam, Soph, Margot and Frank
Meet Sam and his family who are in charge of the sales and marketing on Rangitahi.
New Release: Ruruhi Lane
Ruruhi Lane is located on the eastern most point of the Rangitahi Peninsula. With beautiful harbour views, rural views of Maungatawhiri and of course the established native bush on the peninsula these sections are not to be missed.
Meet the Locals: Westcoast Stoneware
We recently met with Beach from Westcoast Stoneware here in Raglan to chat about some of the new things they have been working on. Its awesome to see a new business start in Raglan and grow at such a rapid rate!
Design Guideline Series: The art of the entranceway
There is an art to creating a successful entranceway to a home. We have gathered some ideas to create an entrance, that is friendly..
Women in Architecture
Although the architecture and construction industries are typically male dominated, women contribute significantly to our built environment with many female designers and architects are making waves in the industry in NZ and abroad.
The Design Review Process: What's Involved?
The Rangitahi Design Guidelines control the architectural and development quality, including the landscape design for all lots on the peninsula. The advice and ideas as a result of this process are really valuable and contribute to developing each lot successfully.
Design Guideline Series: Cladding Sets the Tone
Cladding sets the tone for your house as well as protecting it from the elements. We’ve rounded up the top options to consider before you dive in.
What's on your coffee table?
What’s currently on your coffee table and why is that important in your home? Your coffee table generally takes pride of place in the heart of your living room
The 5 best indoor plants to have in your home
Mini trees for your home, low-maintenance succulents or a trail of heart shaped leaves, take your pick with our top 5 best indoor plants and how to keep them alive!
Explore the Rangitahi lifestyle
With 14km of walking tracks planned around the peninsula, you'll be taken from the bush to the sea just footsteps from your home. The perfect addition Raglan walkways
Rangitahi Designer series: Architecture Bureau
We believe the key to making any house a home is meeting the needs of the home’s occupants as people are at the heart of any design, no matter what the building type or function.
Rangitahi Designer Series: Kirstie Hunter of Sentinel Homes
We recently chatted to Kirstie Hunter of Sentinel Homes. Kirstie is a design consultant who works closely with her clients to create their dream design. We thought we'd get to know her a bit better and hear about some of the designs we'll be seeing on Rangitahi.
Get inspired to create a functional and stylish outdoor living space this summer!
Make your home your happy place this summer with beautiful outdoor living spaces! If spending time outdoors is high on your agenda for the coming months or you are planning for your new home build.
Rangitahi Designer series: Design House Architecture
Kris, can you tell us a bit about your Rangitahi design? Is it a family Bach or a home, and what was the inspiration behind the design?
Rangitahi Designer series: Rubix Architecture
Yes, it is very “Raglan” to have a bit of a slope! Working with steeper contours always adds a challenge especially if concrete floors are desired. Meet Alice Gironella from Rubix architecture.
Rangitahi Designer series: Ink Architecture
Our latest Designer series will feature various Rangitahi designs and designers on the journal over the next few months as the peninsula starts to come to life.
Introducing The Plateau, Stage 3, the heart of Rangitahi
The Plateau brings with it diversity in nature, community, and land. It is the most central area of Rangitahi and has some of the best views the peninsula has to offer.
Our latest video and project feature in Stuff.co.nz
Stuff.co.nz talks about the project and the lifestyle the Rangitahi peninsula here in Raglan has to offer.
NZ made building products we should be using in our homes
We're big believers in building homes for the future at Rangitahi. Be it sourcing sustainable building products, supporting local and buying NZ made furniture, or building an energy efficient home, there are so many ways you can work towards building a healthy home for yourself and for future generations.
Rangitahi Sales update
Stage 2 is also near completion, with the final roading and landscaping to take place in the next couple of weeks.
5 things we're doing to support our local businesses
Raglan has a vibrant town centre packed with locally owned and operated businesses.
Our favourite NZ design and architecture instagram accounts
Some of our top NZ design inspirations...
Rangitahi Stage one street names, what are the meanings behind them?
Tainui Hapu have chosen the peninsula street names to connect our community on Rangitahi with the land and the sea. By referencing the history of the land and using the Maori language, we can tell stories and encourage people to engage with the Maori culture and local history as one.
Inspiring home spaces to enjoy year round
Creating spaces in your home that keep you inspired and calm are more essential than ever right now, and frankly should be year round!
Meet Adam Taylor of ata
Adam, what are 3 important things you like to consider when designing a home for a client?