Special Occasions

Are you looking for a unique event location?

Weddings, team building sessions, school groups, hens parties, conferences, meetings - whatever the reason may be, Sleeping lady lodgings in Whale Bay, Raglan can offer a distinctly different venue incorporating the niceties of life with the action and beauty of mother nature! A recent addition to Sleeping Lady Lodgings is the Wahinemoe luxury houseboat - licensed for 70 people it's a spectacular venue for functions such as weddings and other special group gatherings and offers amazing views while cruising Raglan's Whaingaroa harbour.

Sleeping Lady Lodgings are based just 8 kms from Raglan Township in Whale Bay at the foothills of Mount Karioi, where they are surrounded by world famous surf breaks & stunning native bush. Sleeping Lady provides luxury or budget accommodation with 6 luxury seaside holiday houses, a share facility lodge sleeeping up to 75 people and 9 powered campervan sites, a spectacular wedding venue with panoramic views, plus great value Raglan activities at discounted rates.

We can provide for both small and large groups of up to 100 people (please check with us if you have up to 150 people as we may still be able to help you). Our services are flexible for instance choose between cooking as a group in a self-contained kitchen or have all your meals catered, sleep in luxury or share facility accommodation, conduct a meeting indoors or out, experience the adrenalin of a surf lesson, tramp the mountain as part of a team-building mission or enjoy the relaxation of a massage or beauty therapy session on a hens weekend. We can tailor a package to suit your requirements and can assure you of a totally unique setting, excellent service and value for money!

High Season Bookings

Bookings are essential. Due to the popularity of the Karioi Lodge in the high season (Nov-Apr) exclusive use of the Karioi Lodge for accommodation and as a reception venue cannot be guaranteed. To check availability please contact us.

Kitchens & Catering

All Sleeping Lady Accommodation facilities include self-contained kitchens and BBQ's for those groups wanting to prepare their own meals. Karioi Lodge guests utilize two fully equipped kitchens one of which is purpose built for large groups. There is also the option for on-site catering and we can help you to source excellent local Raglan caterers if required.


Combined the 6 luxury Whale Bay lodges which are all in walking distance of each other, sleep up to 30 people.

Also situated in Whale Bay is the Karioi Lodge, sleeping up to 75 people with share kitchen and bathroom facilities. Large and small groups can be housed in 4 separate blocks of accommodation each with 5 rooms. 3 blocks are set up dorm style with 4 bunks per room. The other block consists of 5 double/twin rooms which also sleep up to 4 with a double bed and set of bunks in each. Groups can be placed in separate blocks or close together to suit. All bedding linen & pillows are supplied. Towels can also be supplied on request.

The newly launched'Wahinemoe' charter houseboat 'floatel' which sleeps up to 10 people, offers private accommodation 'on the water' at an exclusive mooring in the Raglan Harbour

Special occassion outdoor venue

Sleeping Lady Lodgings has recently landscaped a lookout point complete with large round deck/platform plus tiered seating that makes a spectacular venue for any special occasion ceremony. The point boasts amazing panoramic views of the Tasman Sea with the lush green Karioi Mountain as a back drop and is only a few minutes walk away from the reception venues at the Karioi Lodge.


The look out provides panoramic views of the Tasman sea and the lush Karioi Mountain backdrop.

Conference & Meeting Venue

Over the years Sleeping Lady has hosted many corporate meetings & conferences with several venue options. One of the most unique & popular is the private & tranquil rustic barn set amongst the native bush just up from the main lodge at Karioi. The Karioi Lodge's main hall also works well for groups. The luxury lodges with their fantastic views and private locations are ideal as a meeting area for smaller groups. Whatever is needed we'll work with you to meet your equipment, entertainment & catering requirements.

School Groups

The Karioi Lodge was initially built in 1973 as a school camp by the Huntly Karioi Trust. Years later & it still retains the essential characteristics that make an ideal school group venue. There are ample opportunities for fun & adventure & outdoor activities for kids here! The ropes course, daily beginner surf lessons, sports barn, bush walks, and wildlife viewing make outdoor entertainment a breeze for school groups. Choose from full catering options or self-catering in two fully equipped kitchens. Students can even learn to make meals with our head chef. OSH risk management plans are available on request.

Karioi Lodge facilities & Activities

Any groups staying at Sleeping Lady accommodations can enjoy a large adventure playground at the Karioi Lodge with bush walks, spectacular look outs, perma-culture gardens, galaxies of glowworms, steamy saunas, WIFI Internet, mountain bike hire, pool table and dart board available for your use.

Discounted Raglan Activities

Sleeping Lady can offer guests awesome Raglan activities at discounted rates since we are also the home of the Raglan Surf School and Raglan Boat Charters. Groups staying with us can enjoy great value for money discounts on daily surfing lessons, surfing rentals & sunset harbour cruises.

With surfing lessons we provide all instruction, transport, equipment & can also provide volleyball & touch rugby equipment on request. Surf Equipment Hire with or without supervision is available for groups who don't need a fully instructed lesson. Picnic lunches on the beach can also be arranged.

For groups wanting to stay with Sleeping Lady Lodgings while they tramp the mountain and other walks in the area, transport is available for pick ups & drop offs.

Other Raglan Adventures

There are lots of exciting things to do in Raglan for groups and if you're a guest of Sleeping Lady Lodgings we can help to arrange an itinerary for you free of charge. Try your hand at harbour kayaking, horse trekking to Bridal Veil Falls or along a remote West Coast beach. For the group that needs pampering rather than adrenalin, there's local hot rocks massage or on-site massage & beauty therapy.

Please come & See for yourself

If you would like to appreciate for yourself the uniqueness and beauty of the area and to discuss your particular groups requirements in person we would love to see you. Otherwise please do not hesitate to contact the manager for further discussion at (07) 825-7873

Booking Information

Advanced bookings are a must. For a confirmed booking we require a 20% non-refundable deposit payable either by cheque or credit card or direct bank payments.