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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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Ranked #4 of 7 Franz Josef B&B and Inns
York
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“Would give 6 stars if I could!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

As a backpacker, this place was fab. Rooms were good, facilities were clean and modern and the bar/restaurant area was great! The staff were really helpful and looked after us well. There is also a hot pool area for a post-glacier climb dip! Would stay here again in a flash.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
Hi Charlotte
Wow 6 Stars! Thank you!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Well designed campsite, retaining bits of rain forest even within the site. It was busy, but in our motorhome site e weren't disturbed by other groups coming to the fixed accommodation. The staff was helpful, and wi-fi worked fine. The only down-side was that the toilet block was temporary and not very good standard, though a notice stated that this is to be improved.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
Hi Peter
Thanks for the great review. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the trip.
Cheers
Oscar
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La Croix
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This campsite was absolutely gorgeous, in a rainforest setting with great facilities and a lovely outdoor (indoor if you pay) hot jacuzzi bath. It was raining when we arrived, but we still loved the place, and the restaurant on the premises had a cozy bar area with a big open fireplace. The staff was also very helpful, and it was close to everything we wanted to do and see in Franz Josef.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
Hi Chloro
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for your great review.
Cheers
Oscar
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

My husband and I stayed two nights to visit glaciers and surrounding area. This was a very well looked after site. We had a standard double room which was very clean and comfortable with a decent bed and bathroom, although rather small it was adequate. Wi-fi available but very slow The reception staff were very good and worked really hard. The on sight restaurant and bar was packed at night with mainly young back packers and coach tours making anyone over 25 feeling extremely old! Although there was no noise around the rooms and sleep quality was good.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Wonderful site for Camper Vans with amazing bar & restaurant on site - Walking distance to lovely cafes and restaurants in Franz Josef BBQ guest area absolutely immaculate - Well done to all travellers who spend more time cleaning the BBQ plates for the next guest, than cooking their own food -

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We stayed here for one night with our camper van. Friendly staff at check-in. Reasonable price for a powered site. The cleanliness of the toilets and showers did leave a lot to wish for. During the morning we had problem to find vacant showers. This place definately needs an overhaul regarding toilets and showers. We didn't try the Monsoon restaurant in the park. Instead we had dinner at a bar in the town.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

This has been built only a month ago. A huge house with lots and lots of room. We could not believe how much room this house had. The kitchen had lots of cutlery making it a great place for a large family. This is hidden at the back among the camp sites and is worth paying extra for. This is well worth the stay. The courtyard has a view of a mini forest. highly recommended.

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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
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rainforest Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Rainforest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef

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