‘Meet the Team’ Emily

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Our amazing team of passionate people are the foundation of what makes Solscape so special. This series of interviews introduces you to the Solscape Family, to give you an insight to what we are all about.

Meet Emily/Ems, Events/Venue Co-Ordinator.


Where are you from?

Planet Earth :) – Born and raised in Pirongia, also Hamilton.


How long have you been working at Solscape?

7 years.


What keeps you inspired in your work?

The energy of the mountain and ocean, my team and making connections and hearing of all the meaningful experiences people have during their time at Solscape.


What is your favourite thing about Raglan?

The expansive natural, beautiful environment, coupled with a small soulful community full of art and creativity.


What do you do when you’re not working at Solscape?

Family, fitness, writing and performance as a vocalist or outdoor adventures.


What do you aspire to in life?

Continually expanding my mind, opening and following my heart… I would love to create an animal sanctuary and care for as many animals and birds as possible, freeing them from farming and hunting.

‘FISH’ Screening and Pizza Night 7th March

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‘FISH’ is screening at Solscape accompanied by Pizza Night Wednesday 7th March (6pm – 9pm), Movie will be screening 8.15pm.

We have been regularly hosting a movie & pizza night here at the Conscious Kitchen on Wednesday Evenings.

Bring along a blanket and a few friends and enjoy this film with us.


A look at the origin and impact of the fish surfboard design and then how it would influence surf culture 30 years later.

See official trailer here


‘Meet the Team’ Andrea

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Our amazing team of passionate people are the foundation of what makes Solscape so special. This series of interviews introduces you to the Solscape Family, to give you an insight to what we are all about.

Meet Andrea, Restaurant Manager of The Conscious Kitchen at Solscape.


Where are you from?

Italy, from the North Point, in a small town called Robecco Sol Naviglio, in the green countryside of Milan.


How long have you been working at Solscape?

I started more than one year ago, I’d say November 2016.


What keeps you inspired in your work?

Serving and offering plant-based food to all kinds of customers, conscious that my work is not involving any kind of animal or beings suffering (apart from me and my staff)


What is your favourite thing about Raglan?

The life style, something completely different compared to my hometown and the society where I grew up. Raglan is a small town like my own one but full of tourists, different cultures and beautiful landscape.


What do you do when you’re not working at Solscape?

I know it seems obvious but I go surfing. If there is not swell… well I catch up with my friends, my Raglan family or I just cruise around with my long board or going to take picture.


What do you aspire to in life?

I am 28 years old and I haven’t found this answer yet. I am a traveler, a restless… I haven’t found a place to call home yet. I’d like to discover this world and live it deeply. The biggest dream? Take my camera and show to the rest of the world the beauty and also the bad side of this planet called Earth.

‘Meet the Team’ Bernadette

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Our amazing team of passionate people are the foundation of what makes Solscape so special. This series of interviews introduces you to the Solscape Family, to give you an insight to what we are all about.

Meet Bernadette, Solscape’s Co-Founder and Director of Body Work and Yoga.


Where are you from?



How long have you been working at Solscape?

Phil and I purchased Solscape in 2002 and have been there off and on since then.


What keeps you inspired in your work?

Witnessing the re-connection with self, and the natural world.

I believe that through this re-connection we are not only better able to navigate our way through our own personal lives but we raise the vibration of the collective and inspire radical  transformation on a large scale.

I have seen this many times in my ‘work’, inspiration leading to self-empowerment leading to transformation leading to the inspiration of those around us. 


What is your favourite thing about Raglan?

That most of my family are here and the waves.


What do you do when you’re not working at Solscape?

Surfing, writing, painting, talking with animals, travelling.


What do you aspire to in life?

Becoming my highest expression of self and holding space for others to do so.

Being a bridge between the animal world and humans so as to allow/inspire deeper connection, understanding and healing.

The Edible Garden Workshop at Solscape

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The Edible Garden Workshop
Saturday 21st October at Solscape!


Interested in organic gardening? Want to start but not sure how?
Come and learn the important steps required
for creating abundance in your own back yard!
Create a healthy soil environment where plants will thrive
And produce their fruits for you to share.

In this workshop you will learn how to:
*start your own garden patch from scratch, with “No Dig” principals.
*home compost making and worm farming, transforming our green waste
Into super food for our plants.
*raise your own seedlings by seed sowing and learn different methods of propagation.
*prepare a garden bed for planting your happy seedlings.
* harvest time!

This workshop is suitable for all garden lovers, beginners and advanced.
Join us on this day and go home with a handful of skills you can apply straight away.

Workshop details

Where? Solscape, Raglan
Saturday 21st October 10am – 5pm
$85 per person, or $150 for two.
What to bring? Some food for yourself or to share at break time, weather appropriate clothing, gum boots, any seeds you have sitting in the drawer you may wish to sow.

All inquiries can be sent to me directly at shaike_paike@hotmail
Or call on 021 1882 994

Looking forward to this coming summer, the spring is here!

Tips for Travelling to Raglan

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We want everyone to make the most of their time in Raglan so we have put together a few travelling tips. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful little town!



Take it easy

The road out to Raglan is rather windy with few passing lanes, if you see traffic behind you, pull over safely and let others pass. But take it easy and enjoy the beautiful drive.



Stop off at Bridal Veil Falls

On your way to Raglan, why not take a slight detour and visit the stunning Bridal Veil Falls. Just about 11km off state highway 23 to Raglan, the trip is well worth the detour! The stunning 55metre waterfall will take your breath away. You can walk right down to the bottom or watch it cascade from the top. This waterfall is something to tick off the bucket list.



Bring your Togs (swim suit)

Whether it is Summer or not, you cannot come to Raglan without your Togs! Learn to surf, explore one of our waterholes, go on a kayak adventure or take a trip to Waingaro Hot pools? You can see water from almost anywhere in Raglan, it’s hard not to want to jump in!



Be respectful

Our small wholesome town has been loved and taken care of by the locals for many years. And with Raglan growing as a tourist destination, we expect all those visiting to respect Raglan as if it was their own home. Use the rubbish and recycling bins that are provided and for extra brownie points, pick up any rubbish you see laying around. When surfing, wait your turn and be considerate of locals.



Don’t miss the Sunset

Raglan has some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see! Find your perfect sunset spot, grab a blanket and maybe some dinner to go. We recommend setting up around 5pm around this time of year as the sun sets around 5:30pm. All sunsets are different so you never know what to expect, but you will more than often be blown away.



Take something home with you

Whether it is a treasure, art piece, a special memory or a new outlook on life. Raglan has got something to offer everyone. You cannot help but leave with something you will cherish forever.



March Film Series at The Conscious Kitchen – Solscape

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Film Screenings

This March, we have teamed up with KASM (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining)  to present a series of film showings at The Conscious Kitchen.


Wednesday 8th March

From 6pm enjoy a delicious vegan curry from The Conscious Kitchen – $18

Film screening 8.30pm – $2 Koha

(proceeds go to KASM)


“Unbroken Ground”

Our food choices are deeply connected to climate change. Food will play a critical role in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. Join us to celebrate the release of Unbroken Ground, a compelling new film by Chris Malloy that explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans.

And “The Fisherman’s Son”

Born and raised at Punta de Lobos, Ramón Navarro found his passion riding the biggest waves on the planet. But his accomplishments in giant surf are just one part of a bigger vision to protect the culture and environment of the Chilean coast.
TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDPqMVtAgP0

Wednesday 15 March

From 6pm enjoy a delicious vegan curry from The Conscious Kitchen – $18

Film screening 8.30pm – $2 Koha

(proceeds go to KASM)


“180 South”
Chris Malloy’s film strikes so deeply into the heart of Patagonia’s wilderness we come to feel at home there. 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life — and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature — and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it.

Q&A with Solscape Co-Founders Phil McCabe and Bernadette Gavin

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Q & A with Co-Founders Phil and Bernadette

We speak to Co-Founders of Solscape – Phil McCabe and Bernadette Gavin a bit about how Solscape has developed over the years and what is in store for the future.


How long have you been living in Raglan?

P: 22 years and 4 days

B: I grew up in Raglan, left when I was 17 to travel and came back for what I thought was going to be a brief visit when I was 28.


What inspired you to buy the Raglan Wagon Cabins and start Solscape?

P: We were in Byron Bay and I saw a place called The Arts Factory and even though I had zero money, within an hour I had figured out how I could buy it.. I just had to make it happen. I had been working away from Raglan and really wanted to stop doing that!

B: I have always wanted to have a place where people could come to be inspired and reconnect with nature. I searched the whole world for a suitable spot and wound up back in my home town!


What has been your favourite project in Solscape’s development?

P: Generally implementing the permaculture practices. But specifically the Tipi area was the funnest project because we were able to build a little village up there!

B: Setting up the yoga and massage aspect of what we offer.


Where did the name Solscape come from?

P: I think it was Bernadette who came up with the name. Just a play on words – in a physical sense we see the sun rising to setting – Sol meaning Sun and in a spiritual sense it’s also a hint/lean toward the landscape of the soul.

B: A blend of Sol as in the sun and Soul, and escape, seascape and landscape.


Is there anything you would have done differently along the way?

P: There are always things in retrospect that you could do differently but really you just add that learning to what you do next.

b: I agree with Phil.


What would you say has been the biggest learning curve for you?

P: Gaining a deeper understanding of how we as humans affect the environment and ways that we can reduce those affects.

B: That all good things take time!


What do you hope people get from a stay at Solscape?

P: I hope that people get what they need while they are with us. Whatever that might be I hope the space we provide allows for people to get filled up on what they need.

B: I hope that people get the time and space to reconnect with the natural world, themselves and also with others in a positive way. I feel its important for us all to revive, to rejuvenate. It not only has a huge impact on our own world but also has a ripple effect out to others and the whole planet.


Are there any big plans for the future?

P: Yea we’ll be moving on from Solscape soon … unsure of exactly what will be next but there is definitely no shortage of things to do.

B: Huge plans for the future – watch this space!


What is your best memory from Solscape over the past 14 years?

P: So many memories … It’s all been great, met so many wonderful people but for me the early years, while it was a lot of hard work and ridiculously long days the lasting impression from those years is overwhelmingly positive.

B: Yes, a lot of memories, a lot of amazing people. But, although Solscape finally feels like the place we envisioned in 2002, I tend to agree with Phil. Those early years, although very very hard – revamping the entire property with a little baby on my hip! – those were the days we were so amped up on what we wanted to achieve and so inspired to do it that are the most memorable. :-)


Bernadette Gavin 

Home Garden Workshops

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Would you like to have a productive happy garden? Our expert gardener Shai has specially designed a spring/summer series of workshops perfect for extending your gardening knowledge and skills. The 4 workshops will cover a wide range of information and knowledge about gardening for food production. From home garden to big market garden practices, come learn and get your garden going.


Workshops run 10am – 1pm and are held by Shai here at Solscape

Please call (07) 825 8268 to book your space

Adults $25 per workshop – children free

Bring: Gardening gloves/tools (if preferred)


Sat 15th October – Starting a garden

Learn how to start a garden from scratch  – from lawn to a productive garden bed.

Sat 29th October – Compost making and worm farming

We will build a compost heap with diverse inputs of organic matter and learn about ratios and the importance of the “right” balance for your compost. Also we’ll look into the world of worms and how to utilize their gifts.

Sat 19th November – What’s in the green house?

How to grow your seedlings at home and look after them till they’re ready to go out into the garden.

Sat 26th November – Garden prep and planting

We will prepare a garden bed and plant seasonal vegetable plants and beneficial flowers.

5 Things To Do In Raglan This October

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As the weather warms and the days get longer, the pull of Raglan only gets stronger. What are some of our favourite past-times as locals? We have listed 5 things to do in Raglan this October for you to tick off the bucket list. Enjoy!

Mount Karioi

1 ) Hike Mount Karioi


Mount Karioi is an Ancient Volcano and the sacred mountain for the local people, she lays between the Whaingaroa (Raglan) and Aotea harbours. Known by many as The Sleeping Lady due to her silhouette farm particular angels, Karioi is very much an icon of Raglan and provides us with shelter from southwesterly winds and perfectly wrapping waves as swell lines bend around her lava flow shorelines.

Climbing Karioi is a perfect mission that will imprint memories with every stunning vista. There are two tracks to take to the Summit. We recommend the Mt Karioi Track beginning at Te Toto Gorge as it is the most scenic and is closest to Solscape. This is an advanced track with exposed and steep areas, as well as chains to assist ascent in some parts. But the view from the Summit is well worth the hike!

Getting there: This track starts at Te Toto Gorge, about 8km from Solscape. (the last 4 km of Whaanga Road is unsealed)

Time to summit: 4hr – 4hr 30min return trip

Tips before you go: 

  • Choose a clear day to ensure you get the best views and hiking conditions.
  • Take plenty of water and snacks to keep you going.
  • Pack cold weather gear,  a hat and sunscreen as the track is exposed in areas and weather conditions can change quickly.


Tony Sly Pottery

2) Get your taste of Raglan Art


The local artisan scene is very vibrant in Raglan and we are lucky to have so many talented artists in our quirky little town. Take an afternoon to browse the many galleries … you never know the perfect piece for your place might be waiting for you?

From paintings to pottery and boutique clothing designers, Raglan has got it all!

Explore the Raglan Creative market held at the Old School Arts Centre on Sunday 9th October where you will find an array of amazing local foods and treasures.

In town you can find many beautiful art galleries such as Jet and Matapihi. Or venture to some artist’s own studios?

Here are a few of our favourites

  • Chis Meek (Panel and Paint) Chris works with a lot of recycled materials from old car bonnets to old magazine clippings. You can find his work at his gallery on Cross street.
  • Jwan Milek (Photographer) Specializing in surf, scenic, commercial, portrait and wedding photography you can find Jwan’s work at The Raglan Photo Gallery on Wainui Road in Raglan West.
  • Tony Sly (Pottery) His beautiful collection of hand-made pottery can be found at his shop at the Raglan Wharf, you may have seen a few of his pieces in our Eco Baches.


Solscape Surf Lesson

3) Get out in the Ocean


Get ready for summer by getting your ‘Surf On’!

Slipping on a wetsuit and getting in the ocean makes you feel alive. Whether surfing is something new to you or if it’s one of your favourite past-times, the warmer weather makes playing in the waves a must do this October!

We offer surf lessons for every level and ability with world class instructors, to help you achieve your surfing goals!

Or hire a board and wetsuit? Solscape is in the perfect location for getting to Raglan’s surf breaks. We are just a short scenic bush walk from the Beach and overlooking the world famous Manu Bay.


Raglan sunset

4) Find the perfect Sunset Spot


Being on the West-Coast, Raglan almost always puts on a spectacular show at sun-down. With the days getting longer, the opportunity to see the sky light up gets a whole lot easier. The sun will be setting between 7:30pm and 8pm this October so find yourself a cosy spot to witness the magic.

For the romantics, perhaps a picnic at the top of the beach at Wainui Reserve,  fish & chips at the Wharf, or a lovely walk on the beach?

And for the more adventurous types, explore the top look-out at Te Toto Gorge, watch the waves roll in from Whale Bay or sitting on your surfboard at Manu Bay?


yogaDOme Landscape

5) Take a yoga class


Raglan is fast, becoming a yoga orientated community. We just can’t get enough! Yoga can be something to get you through every day struggles, keeping you grounded by focusing on body awareness and breathing. Stretch and strengthen your body as you take your yoga practice to the next level.

Solscape is home to the Raglan Yoga Center which holds many yoga classes weekly. Join us on the mat as we take that journey to bliss. Here is this month’s schedule:


  • 5.00 pm – Ashtanga Beginners with Dee
  • 6.30 pm – Mysore/Self Practice


  • 10.00 am – Hatha Flow

Friday (no class Friday 27th)

  • 5.30 pm – Power Vinyasa 

Saturday  (no class Saturday 28th)

  • 10.00 am – Hatha Flow
  • 5.30 pm  – Restore


Contact our friendly staff for any more info or tips to make your Raglan experience unforgettable.