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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Crispy clean, gracious hosts, beautiful property and home, convenient location--all added up to a wonderful experience at Ribbonwood in the Franz Josef area. If you have an interest in the natural history of the area, Jo is a naturalist by profession. Jo and Julie are extremely knowledgable, guided us to excellent restaurants, hikes, wildlife center, etc. Both are involved in... More 

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2014

Our families recently stayed at Ribbonwood Retreat while visiting Franz Joseph Glacier. I can't say enough about the owners Jo and Julie…everything was perfect! The setting was peaceful and calm….with a wonderful view. The rooms were impeccably spotless, clean and comfortable. I don't think there is a better breakfast in all of NZ…the fresh baked items, eggs and fruits were... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
Reviewed 25 January 2014

My family stayed at Ribbonwood for a day in January and our visit couldn't have been nicer. The house is very spacious and clean, the property is magnificent, and Julie and Jo are fantastic hosts. We really enjoyed the very interesting conversation. My only regret is that we didn't stay longer and contact them soon for activities in/around Franz Josef.... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 14 January 2014

From the moment we stood at the front door to the moment we left Julie & Jo couldn't have been nicer. Lovely personal welcome written on a little blackboard at the front door. Beautiful home made baking, spotless and homely accommodation and very helpful with booking tours and suggesting a free ride in a stretch hummer courtesy of Blue Ice... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

Our family of 5 arrived In Franz Josef in wild and deteriorating weather, but we were greeted by Jo and Julie with a wonderful warm welcome. We had the run of the upstairs of the main house and there was plenty of room for us to spread out. The house is spotless. The breakfasts were sensational. From the freshly baked... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

This B&B is by far the best my husband and I have stayed in, and we've stayed in B&Bs all over the U.S., as well as Europe. It is so clean you could eat off the floor; neat, and has beautiful rooms with a view of the mountains. Our hosts Jon & Vickie were very friendly, helpful, and extremely nice.... More 

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Sheffield
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

From the moment we arrived and saw a sign to welcome us and smelled the bread baking we felt at home. Julie and Jo are such lovely, kind people, were lovely to chat to and nothing was too much bother. The food was delicious and the house is spotless. It was a treat to stay somewhere so clean. I would... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

My family of five stayed at Ribbonwood Retreat for two nights in December. Jo was waiting for us when our car drove in and made us feel comfortable from the moment we stepped into his home. We were given the suite above the main house comprising two rooms. Although there was only one bathroom, we managed it well. Jo had... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Ribbonwood Retreat is about 5 minutes’ drive from Franz Josef village. Since we drove, it wasn't an issue for us. In fact, we were glad to stay in a quiet place away from the village. The retreat is also away from the main road. When we arrived, Jonathan opened the house door just as we were pulling into the car... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

My husband and I spent two nights at Ribbonwood Retreat. Joe and Julie built this house and it is obviously first and foremost a family home. The furnishings are sparse but quite comfortable. The wood burning fire made the living room, which we had total access to at all times, very warm and toasty. Joe was alone until Christmas as... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Ribbonwood B & B - a haven for nature lovers. Sleep deeply, breathing fresh clean air! Hosts Jonathan, a wildlife ranger and Julie, international school teacher are experts on history and ecology of the glacier region. We are passionate hikers and bird watchers who can show you the best places to visit. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ribbonwood Retreat

Address: 26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: RM889 - RM1,423 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ribbonwood Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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