With Mark and Laurel about and away, we were in search of a new bach. A retro hideaway in Raglan caught Mel’s eye on Bookabach.com, and in just a short time, the bach was booked with Breno and Mel’s name on it.
Off we went for an early anniversary getaway! The artsy, organic, cafe-cluttered surf village of Raglan was the perfect destination.
And the retro bach certainly didn’t disappoint. We were thoroughly charmed by the extent that the owner went to doing up the interior in authentic retro style. From the dishes, to the furniture, to the placemats, to the wallpaper- all authentically retro. Everything except the major appliances- these were quite new and in perfect working order.
Mel especially enjoyed the pink wallpaper in the bathroom.
We took in some awesome live surf action at Manu Bay, one of the prime surfing locations in NZ.
The unique geographical setup of the Bay makes it a neat place to view surfing from. The water was quite crowded with surfers that day, and it was cool to see some professional surfers manipulate their boards on the massive waves, while managing to navigate around the other bodies in the water as well.
Organic burgers (Mel got a tasty and flavorful chickpea one) were consumed on a sunny afternoon at Ngarunui beach, before we hired some boards and wetsuits, and hit the waves for some surf action ourselves. Breno did awesome with his first time on a board, and we both emerged from the raging waters of the Tasman Sea uninjured and in good spirits.
It was lovely to be able to peruse the monthly Raglan Arts Market while we were there, and take in some captivating live music while we picnic’d by the water. Love the vibrant arts scene of this charming town!
The combination of the sun, surf, sand, gorgeous scenery, cute cafes, awesome accomondations and the company of a best friend made for an altogether ultimate getaway. Will we be returning to Raglan and the retro bach? Why most certainly, yes.