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Rainforest Retreat

4.5 of 5 Guest house   |   46 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed in a Tree Lodge at the Rainforest Retreat, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and will return to stay with you again, on our next trip to Franz Joseph. We found the accommodation to be, clean, warm, and spacious. We needed a calming & relaxing holiday and being tucked in amongst the forest was a perfect setting. (We won't... More

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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stayed two nights in the Gecko house. Fantastic house, large, clean, tidy, well appointed. Had two good quality take away meals from monsoon bar. Had the most warmest of welcomes from the receptionist (sorry can't recall your name but was of German descent ), in saying that all the staff were very friendly. Would highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great location within Franz Joseph village, our Tree Lodge was tucked in among the forest. Room was spacious, clean, with a good king sized bed. Restaurant and bar onsite was good, generous servings. Staff very friendly and helpful. Would recommend as has accommodation catering for a range of travelers - lodge, motel, camper-vans, backpackers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very clean and comfortable rooms and beds. Great location within Franz Josef. The restaurant is excellent! Great place to watch the World Cup! It was quite busy with three or four tour groups arriving and leaving at the same time but there was no issue with noise.

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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Heather Thank you for such a wonderful review. I am so pleased you had a great time with us and found our restaurant so enjoyable. I hope you can make it back to us again one day. Happy travels Oscar More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the tiny town of the Franz Joseph Glacier. The staff were very welcoming and did their best to help us out with any queries we had. The kitchen was well equipped, if not a little cold, and relatively clean. The hostel attracts a lot of tour buses so is often full with touring... More

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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Worldonmybak Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, that the staff looked after you so well and you enjoyed our facilities. We set our hot tub to 38 degrees, sorry if you felt this a little too hot for you. I hope you make it back to us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for 2 nights whilst visiting Franz Josef. Booked double rooms but all got free upgrades to little tree cabins which were lovely. Comfy bed, handy kitchenette facilities, the whole site is outstandingly beautiful, and well located. Great restaurant on sight too, log cabin & open fires, lovely. The 4 or 5 little tree cabins had their own outdoor... More

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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Abishap35 Many thanks for staying with us and for a great review. I believe you stayed in our gecko cottages, i too love there location and private hot tub, it is a very pretty area. I agree the bathrooms are small in the gecko cottages, there are hooks on the bathroom doors for the towels but i will look... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We parked our camper here for the night. Very pleasant. Your camper is surrounded by native bush. Very peaceful with just the sounds of birds..., that is until 9 when the cleaners come round in the van driving like lunatics! Just about got bowled over by their van going full tit on the gravel!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment we arrived and were upgraded to a Tree house to when we left, we experienced a first class service throughout the hotel. The bar manager and the restaurant staff were extremely friendly, helpful and welcoming. The food we had was really good value for money. In terms of location, standard of cleanliness and quality of room facilities,... More

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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Paul Thank you for such a nice review. I have passed on your praise to our staff who were naturally delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. I hope you can make it back to us again one day. Happy Travels Oscar Morgan More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in the three bedroom house for one night and loved it! We were driving from Mount Cook, through Wanaka to Greymouth to catch the train and decided to split the drive up a bit by staying in Franz Joseph. So we booked last minute and were very happy when we saw our place. We had 5 adults and... More

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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Eryn, Yay, your favorite stop! thats fantastic news. What a shame you could only stay one night. I hope you get back to us again before too long. Thank you for the great feedback on our accommodation and Monsoon bar. I have passed on your praise to the staff who are very happy. Happy travels Oscar Morgan More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in a motel room for two nights. It is nice and close to everything in franz however is nice and quiet in a forest environment. Lots of space around so been if the place is full I think it would still be quite peaceful. Staff super friendly and always willing to help. Shower has decent pressure however if... More

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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review

Hi K8mackay Thank you for your great review. Its great to hear how well you were looked after by our staff. I have just responded to another review about the height of the showers, i have just taken one as this is a new comment to me, i'm 5ft 8 and fit under ok I guess if you 6ft you... More

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Address: 46 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rainforest Retreat 4.5*
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Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier township on the west coast of NZ’s South Island.Nestled in six acres of native bush and surrounded by lush punga groves, Rainforest Retreat offers a wide range of accommodation – all built to embrace the natural environment.Whatever the season, explore New Zealand’s glaciers while staying at Rainforest Retreat. It’s not just accommodation… it’s an experience! ... more   less 
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