We recently celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in Raglan. I thought 15 years deserves a mini break. We both have never stayed in Raglan before, so it was the perfect opportunity for us to explore the area. The drive down from Auckland to Raglan is about 2 – 2.5 hrs. A nice easy car trip especially if you are travelling with kids, however for this trip we were child free. We could only check in at 2pm so on our way down we decided to check out the waterfall on our travels.
Waireinga/Bridal Veil Falls
The walk to the falls was pretty easy from the car park, it’s about 10 minutes. The falls itself is a 55 metre drop. There are a few viewing platforms that are easy on the legs, the two upper viewing decks have spectacular views and no stairs. We walked down to the midway viewing point, this was about 135 stairs and if you are keen you can walk all the way to the bottom which is 261 stairs (I was not so keen). All I can say is that this proved how unfit I am! My legs were like jelly! But it was totally worth it. Just a note that you’re not allowed to swim at the bottom of the falls due to the water quality, which is a kinda of a give away by just looking at it.
In regards to where we would stay, I wanted somewhere a bit unique and romantic. After searching for weeks I finally found the perfect place, The Round Tent. We booked this well in advance around July last year and again it pay’s to book early, so you are not left disappointed. This place was everything we were looking for and more. The tent is a Mongolian style yurt which was just unreal. I could easily live in this permanently.
Every detail was so well thought out and it was so comfortable. We did not want to leave at all. I could have stayed here forever. The best part was the peace and serenity of the place, all we could hear was birdsong and cicada’s.
The kitchen and bathroom were well equipped and had everything you could need. Tea and coffee were provided as well as a bag of marshmallows to toast using the outside fireplace.
There were plenty of games, dvd’s and books to keep you occupied. The yurt is fully air-conditioned as well, and in current weather conditions it was our haven.
I loved all the art and special pieces that were around the yurt, it was not over done and just perfect.
After the drive down and the hike to the waterfall the outside bath was just what we needed. Sitting outside under the stars and just relaxing, was total bliss. In winter I can just imagine how amazing it would be with the fire pit outside and a hot steaming bath.
The yurt has a set of bunk beds and our two girls were not very happy that those were there, and we did not take them down with us! So the option to take kids is available, but oh my goodness if you can experience this without kids I would highly recommend not taking them! We took advantage of not having the kids around and just lazed around, read books, talked and laughed. It’s so easy to forget who you are as a couple after you have kids, that every now and again it’s great to just reconnect.
It’s fair to say we absolutely loved it and we will definitely be back (maybe with the girls) to The Round Tent.
Stay tuned for part two where I share with you what else we got up to in Raglan.