Raglan is situated on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, 150km south west of Auckland & 40km due west of Hamilton. An idilic creative sea side community of around 3000 locals and long term internationals, on the door step of New Zealand’s best surf break.
Te Whare Farm offers unique quality accommodation, in a relaxed social and creative environment. Located on 2 acres at the edge of Raglan township, and only a 13 min walk into town. Amazing harbour views await you, where the massive out door living area gives you a picture perfect view of the sun setting across the estuary and behind Mt Karioi.
Ok we admit most of the actual ‘farm’ has been lost to development by the previous owners, but we managed to save the original farmhouse on this tranquil 2 acre block, with its amazing secret sun trap garden of mature fruit trees sheltered from the wind. Plus we have a collection friendly animals around like Chickens & Ducks that share a little hut down the garden, and our organic veggie garden is cranking.
The 1920’s farmhouse has been lovingly restored and renovated, specific attention has been paid to restoring the old matai floorboards, and creating an indoor outdoor flow. There is a focus on sustainable furnishings using recycled & sustainable materials, fused together to create a timeless sense of home and relaxation.
*Although the first farmhouse (1868 – 1922) was lost to fire, the site on which the current farmhouse stands, was one of the first farmhouse’s built in the region, hence the name “Te Whare” meaning “The House”. It was for a long time home to the brother of Lord Ernest Rutherford, whose initials can still be found etched into a small hut next to the house. While Ernest was busy trying to split the atom over in England, The rest of the Rutherford’s had a flax mill operation here in Raglan, from where they punted barges full of flax out of the bay to waiting boats, remnants of the flax mill can be found along the boardwalk that leads from Te Whare Farm around Kiatoke bay and into town.
Raglan Farmhouse’s flamboyant owner Chris, is a Kiwi born creative director & arts curator, who in 2011 when visiting his native New Zealand for the first time in many years, was overwhelmed by the restoration and fresh creative energy he received from spending a few months in Raglan. Wanting to somehow combine his two homes (Raglan & Berlin), Chris saw his chance in Te Whare Farm. With a passion for the Arts, organic food production and sustainable architecture, he looked for ways to combine these.
Sustainable living is a big part of the community ethos in Raglan, and Te Whare Farm aims to learn, practice & promote all aspects of sustainability. In the first years, we started by introducing sustainability into the day to day running of the Farmhouse (including the production of the organic vegie gardens – yum!). Over the next years we will broaden into researching new sustainable building practices, to incorporate into further accommodation. Our aim is to bring people together to share ideas and inform each other of developments in how to reduce our impact on the environment.
The Creative community in Raglan is well established, with many artists from NZ and around the world, calling Raglan home. It also plays host to a long list of visiting musicians who pass through every summer to relax and play smaller more intimate gigs.
Te Whare Farm also boasts a large art studio in the Barn, which will be used to host the Raglan Artist Residency program, with visiting artists from around the world coming to stay for 2 to 3 months during the off season. The Barn can also double as a performance space for both theater and music making it perfect for small events, or Family reunions.