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Ribbonwood Retreat

26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

out of three nights in franz josef, we spent first night in a hotel and remaining 2 in ribbonwood retreat. the difference in hospitality was quite stark. jo and julie treat you as good as their own family members. breakfast was really good, they made special arrangement for my vegetarian in -laws. all in all i suggest you try to... More

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shipley derbyshire
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30 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this stayJo and Julie made us so welcome and were full of good advice.This included the Okarito Coast and Forest.One of the best places we visited in NZ.Only a short drive away Rooms here are lovely .We stayed in the cottage which is a delight.Excellent amenities and very clean.Lots of interesting details and the garden setting is charming.... More

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Southwell, United Kingdom
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43 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were offered an upgrade to the cottage as were were the only guests staying. Cottage is an understatement as it is a beautifully equipped cabin with contemporary design and superb views towards the setting sun. Jo and Julie were very helpful and great to talk to and breakfast was taken in the main house and was excellent. Just to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent several nights here in the house (ground floor rooms). Excellent facilities.....great location....top hosts. We felt completely comfortable amd had our own space when we needed it. Breafasts were really good (have the pancakes).

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Moraga, California
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed two nights on the top floor (two room plus a bath). We loved the rooms; we loved the breakfast; we loved the location; and we loved the hosts. Jo and Julie went out of their way to entertain us, give us tour advice, and accommodate our breakfast needs. The entire place was especially clean and well kept.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed four nights at Ribbonwood retreat on a recent 5 week tour of New Zealand. The cottage is beautifully furnished and we loved the views from the decking. Breakfasts were excellent and set us up well for a day's walking. It was good to meet and chat with other guests over the breakfast table. Julie and Jo were the... More

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We stayed two nights at Ribbonwood Retreat on a recent three-week trip around New Zealand. As other reviewers have indicated, Julie and Jo are gracious hosts, who offer you a drink and snacks on arrival, and are always ready to make a dinner reservation or weigh in on local attractions. The house itself is just off the main road a... More

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Jonathan C, Owner at Ribbonwood Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review as we always welcome feedback from our guests. We would like to respond to your comments. Our shoes off policy is clearly stated in all our communications and on our home page on the website. Franz Josef is a wild environment with unpaved trails and beaches. We don’t want grit and dirt tracked into the... More

St. Annes-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay in the cottage. It is beautifully furnished and equipped and offers lovely views in a peaceful setting. Our hosts Julie and Jo were very friendly, helpful and informative about the local area. The breakfasts were yummy too. It would be difficult to find 2 better hosts. We are very glad that we chose... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

My son and I stayed with Julie and Joe on the night of 25 January en route from Christchurch to Queenstown. I wish we had been able to stay longer as it was a real treat staying at this retreat. We felt more like visitors to a family home than paying guests. I really liked the shared table and the... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Ribbonwood on our honeymoon. Jonathan was a great host, and had a ton of great recommendations about how to see the glacier, and hikes in the area. We would have never known about the hikes without him, and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Breakfast was amazing as well.

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Address: 26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Welcome to Ribbonwood B & B - a haven for nature lovers. Sleep deeply, breathing fresh clean air! Hosts Jonathan, a wildlife ranger and Julie, international school teacher are experts on history and ecology of the glacier region. We are passionate hikers and bird watchers who can show you the best places to visit. ... more   less 
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