We stayed at Rainforest retreat as part of a road trip around the south island and would thoroughly recommend it as one of the newer and better places to stay in Franz Joseph. We stayed in a treetops lodge which was reasonably priced. Rooms were large, modern and well equipped and ecologically friendly as you would expect in such a location. The bar and restaurant had great food, prompt service, friendly staff and is obviously very popular as it was packed the night we were there.
The complex appears to cater for backpackers, campers and groups as well as the more luxurious treetops lodges which are something special.
Franz Joseph is great not only for the glacier but also has plenty of mountain bike trails, walks and other activities so we will be back to stay at Rainforest Retreat again
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deep In the heart of West Coast Glacier country, Rainforest Retreat is a rare find, with a range of accommodation set amongst lush native bush in Franz Josef township. Enjoy privacy and sanctuary in secluded cottages and tree huts, relax in the spas and sauna, dine out and have fun at the bar/restaurant, or just relish the bush setting and cook up barbecues with new friends. From luxury tree huts to backpackers rooms, Rainforest Retreat has accommodation to suit every style of traveller; from couples to family groups to young individuals on a budget. Rainforest Retreat provides excellent value and a special atmosphere; with a focus on superb service, cleanliness and a range of great facilities to satisfy all of our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rainforest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef