Rainforest retreat is a great place to experience a unique kind of stay in NZ - at a rainforest retreat. The retreat is big and has tree houses, tree huts, motel style rooms, dormitories, caravan parks and standalone houses. There's room for everybody, the backpacker, the family, the couple and the gangs.
The retreat is off the main road but only 5 mins away from the town centre and offices of other attractions such as glacier guides. They had a common kitchen for all guests to use and a laundromat with several machines and dryers.
We stayed at the tree hut which was a 1 room with ensuite bathroom hut made out of wood sitting on stilts. The room was spacious, had a queen size bed and a single bed, with tea/coffee machine and other amenities. The bathroom had a standing shower. The room was clean and tidy and gave a nice feeling. The temperature was superb, being within the confines of rainforest it was raining most of the time with temperatures hovering around 18 degrees.
I hadn't searched for many options in FJ as I was keen to stay at this location, so I won't be able to compare this place with others, but on an absolute basis, Rainforest retreat gives a pleasant feeling during your stay. I would not recommend staying here in case you are looking for 5 star stuff.
The only negative is that the retreat is filled with gravel and pebbles (there is no paved road) and hence rolling suitcases is very difficult.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Priceline, Orbitz, Travelocity, Agoda, getaroom.com, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, HotelQuickly and Evoline ltd so you can book your Rainforest Retreat reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Rainforest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef