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Rainforest Retreat
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We located this park on the internet and it looked great, so booked prior to travel. Whilst speaking to others on our travels around the Sth Island, anyone that had stayed in Franz Josef all recommended this place. It has lovely surrounds and each site is quiet private, surrounded by natural flora. The amenities were clean and close by to our site. We loved the onsite restaurant and bar, especially the open fire and comfy couch to site on and enjoy our evening drinks. It is also just a stones throw away from the Hot Springs, which were also lovely. Would recommend this place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

This little spot in heaven was great! the area was clean, spacious, and a bit rustic, but not too much. The walking trails were a nice treat. the on site restaurant/pub was great, the patio area is fan-damn-tastic!!! the rooms were very nice, the only flaw was the herd of elephants (group above us tramping all around ALL night!) but all in all great stay! will go back again!!!

Room Tip: Get a top floor!!! or an end room!
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Arrived in the afternoon right behind a massive tour bus of backpackers so had a lengthy wait in check in. Unfortunately they only had one person on check in with another two standing behind the desk nattering away to one another and not taking any interest in the massive line of people waiting.
The camp itself is very neat and the powered sites are private, and the restaurant and bar is worth a visit. However throughout our stay we discovered that for 50 campsites they had two toilets and two showers for each gender, which is pretty appalling, so there were long lines at times. There were other ablution blocks on site but these were all locked with no reason given - I don't know about the mens bathrooms but the ladies were in desperate need of a clean. Looking at the other positive reviews on here I am guessing that we got them on a bad night.

Room Tip: If you are camping then maybe try another campground - Purely due to the lack of toilets and showers...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Felice F
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rainforestFranzJosef, Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Hi Felice, Many thanks for taking the time to review the Rainforest Retreat. I am sorry that your stay didn't meet your expectations. We aim to ensure that all of our guests have a great experience and it looks like you experienced a few annoyances that let us down on this occasion. I have taken your comments seriously and will use them to ensure we can carry on improving for our future guest.
I hope the rest of your travels were fun filled.
Kind Regards
Oscar Morgan

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is an exceptional quality park with fantastic amenities ,staff and the restraunt and bar first class.It is well suited for couple and equally as good for families I stayed 2 nights 1 in my motorhome and 1 in the tree lodge A great stay and i will be back

Room Tip: the tree lodge well situated and the layout very differant and a great experience and private
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Booked the room via a deal on Wotif NZ.
My wife had booked the hotel & told them it was my birthday.
When we arrived, we were upgraded to the motel room. Clean & comfortable.
Also given free access to the sauna.

Hotel staff very friendly & courteous.
Returned to the room on the second day to find a complimentary bottle of sparking wine!

Had dinner in their restaurant on the last night - good atmosphere & also given some more complimentary alcohol!!

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank 1_JRD
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

I spent 2 nights after picking up a last minute half price deal, so the value was excellent.

I had a motel studio unit, excellent bed, great setup.

The negative I had was due to overlooking the reception, all of the traffic passed by. With the "river pebble" road and pathway (probably to help drainage) you got a continual crunch of cars, caravans, buses and luggage trolleys. Annoying rather than show stopping.

Also there was a big friendly dog, please realise that not everyone loves dogs.

Room Tip: Ask for a room a bit back from the traffic.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

The campervan sites were spread out amongst the rain forest, so it was a lovely setting. The kitchen had just hobs, no ovens, 2 x toasters and about 3 or 4 sinks. There was a lounge area and a few dining tables. There was a meter on the wall, so not sure if you needed to feed it to meter to watch the TV.

The main toilet block for ladies had 2 showers and 3 toilets in it. There was a sign up saying additional toilet blocks could be opened if it was busy enough. The park was full the 2 nights we stayed there. We showered on an evening, in the mornings there were always queues for the 2 showers. On the second morning 2 of the ladies toilets were out of loo paper and had been since 6am. Maybe just an oversight.

The site itself is in the town and over the road from the hot pools.

Recommended.

Room Tip: we stayed in a campervan so couldn't comment on rooms. Some sites are bigger than others, we ch...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 46 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range: $29 - $300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rainforest Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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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