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auckland
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a 4 bedroom tree house for 7 adults. This was away from the main buildings in a quiet bush clad setting. Luckily we had a car or it would have been a long walk from the main buildings and town. Very clean and well appointed, beds very comfortable. would recommend and would stay again.

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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here for two nights as part of the kiwi experience bus in the backpacker dorms. The rooms were very small, I was in a 6 bed dorm and there was barely enough space for all our luggage, there also want many plug sockets. I found my nights sleep fine however my friends mattresses were super thin, they could...

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Thank Lois J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really great place, nice rooms with helpful freindly staff. However the beds are so uncomfortable to sleep in. We had 2 rooms and both had very soft mattresses which did not give a restful night sleep.

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Thank Deb S
Newcastle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed on a powered site, even though relatively busy our site was relatively private in a canopy of trees. Facilities were clean and of a similar standard to other camping sites on the South Island. Nature walk to camp reception very cute. The attached bar resturant reasonable value and good food, bar staff could be a bit more friendly,...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to stay in Franz. Staff are very friendly and more than happy to share their knowledge of South Island (thank you Mel for great tips en route to Wanaka). Toilets and showers are clean and well maintained. There is wifi available but as warned by staff, it's not very good. Close to amenities. Beautiful grounds. Worth your time!

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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review

Hi meikadalton Thank you for your review and for choosing to stay with us. We pride ourselves on employing customer service legends who love to share their knowledge of the best things to do locally and onwards. Mel was thrilled to read that you enjoyed her tips. I hope you can get back to us again soon, Thank you Oscar

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great rooms which re good value for money. The kitchen is large but slightly under equiped. The lounge is a good touch and the bar was awesome. The retreat was in a great location and the glazier is a must do!

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Thank ConnorC27
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for two night in the tree lodge, we had a lovely room, very private with a big deck and the room was a good size, all staff are friendly especialy the lady at the reception. Stay away from the continental breakfast , the food was left sitting out for a while including the yogurt and milk which...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The owner was so laid back and enthusiastic, the staff very friendly and helpful. The rooms were so clean and we had our own bathroom and kitchenette. Would definitely stay here again 😊the views were incredible.

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Thank Robyn G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in the campervan area of the retreat for one night. The cost was around $20, which is average for NZ but totally worth it. We were given a cosy little site in the corner partially surrounded by gorgeous rainforest. I could look up and see the green mountains to one side and snow- capped mountains to the other....

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Thank Julz T
Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our stay in the Gekko cottage. These cottages are tucked away from the hustle of the dorms, very peaceful and relaxing. Location was great, staff was very helpful. Would definitely recommend!

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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Beth thank you for the lovely review. I agree the cottages in the gecko village are in a great part of our park. I hope the rest of your trip was equally as awesome. thank you Oscar

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Rainforest Retreat

Address: 46 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: RM102 - RM804 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rainforest Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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Also Known As:
Rainforest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Franz Josef
#5 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
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“Let them know how big your camper is (they ask when you book) so they can put you on an appropriate sized - some are small!!”
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“Quiet location full of natures green and very private”
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“Avoid the shared bunkrooms”
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“a large range of accommodation from bunk rooms to beautiful tree house. Check what suits you best.”
gran42, 15 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Try to get a room that's separate from the hostel and hotel building”
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