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Elizabeth, Colorado
Reviewed 20 March 2015

We stayed overnight at the facility and found it a good place to stay. The room had 2 double beds, kitchenette, and a bathroom. All was very rustic and what I would call mostly clean. There were lots of youthful travelers staying there as well, so expect to see and hear everything. There is a restaurant on site that offers...

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 18 March 2015

we booked a park motel studio room, and were delighted to discover our room was a free-standing studio tucked way back from the restaurant/bar, in Gecko Village, which had its own private spa! I had requested a quieter room at the time of making the reservation, based on other reviews, and we sure got what we asked for! While the...

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Reviewed 15 March 2015

We stayed in a 4 bedroom lodge which was at the end of the road pass the camper vans. It was quiet and we had no neighbours. The lodge was nice and had the bedrooms were two inside and two with separate entry. I liked the fact we wee away from noise and we had our own entry point as...

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melbourne
Reviewed 14 March 2015

My wife and I planned to stay here for the last two nights of our holiday. As it was well booked, we had limited choice of the room. We thought we had booked a motel room which on the web site indicates space and kitchen facilities. You clearly need to be very careful of the room you choose. I do...

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

Hi Uberd Many thanks for choosing to stay with us. I am sorry that you werent happy with the room you choose. It is correct that we do have many room types to suit all budgets and needs. The small ensuite double room that you booked is small and the price reflects this. I very much agree with you that...

London
Reviewed 14 March 2015 via mobile

We didn't spend a lot of time here but the room was good and met our needs. We had a small double room which was very comfortable but I wouldn't want to stay more than a night or two in it due to size. Staff very friendly and welcoming. Big backpacker groups in that kept to the bar so did...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 14 March 2015 via mobile

Noisy revellers in bar/restaurant until 2am. Should only market to younger folk and backpackers not senior travellers. Also tables in bar sticky, cleared but not wiped. Over priced for what is delivered.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 March 2015

We only spent one night at the Rainforest Retreat in a powered site, but would definitely stay there again if we were in the area. The location is perfect - just a short stroll from the town's restaurants and attractions (like the Wildlife Center, which I recommend visiting) and the layout and vibe is great. It really does feel like...

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 10 March 2015

We booked a tree lodge, as it was the only option available to us, but It was more than I wanted to spend. The room was clean, but the furnishings and carpet were outdated and dingy. We had our own private deck, which we enjoyed. Our tree lodge shared a common wall with the next lodge and we could clearly...

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Thank mplsfoode
Reviewed 8 March 2015

Very good well presented place. Enjoyed our stay. Good location close to the town. Good options available for all types of accommodation offered. We stayed in one of the tree lodges which was situated in native surroundings which was very nice.

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Amersfoort, Netherlands
Reviewed 8 March 2015

The rainforest retreat offers something for everybody. We booked a room there and got upgraded to a cottage. The staff was very friendly and arranged everything for us. They kep t smiling even though we came back four times with questions.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier township on the west coast of NZ’s South Island.Nestled in six acres of native bush and surrounded by lush punga groves, Rainforest Retreat offers a wide range of accommodation – all built to embrace the natural environment.Whatever the season, explore New Zealand’s glaciers while staying at Rainforest Retreat. It’s not just accommodation… it’s an experience! ... 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: $70 - $385 (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
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
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“stay in the separated cottages”
 of 5 bubbles scurryman, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you want a quiet room be sure to request one at time of booking. If you want to be near the kitchen etc ask for that too.”
 of 5 bubbles cazbar62, 27 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Poor internet connection due to location”
 of 5 bubbles heleng921, 27 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The Gecko Village is quiet”
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“Tree Lodges are very nice.”
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