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Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Me and my friend stayed in the hostel part of the Rainforest Retreat. There's a really big kitchen, laundry facilities and a lounge area. There's also a hot pool with room for all your friends and a bar and restaurant. A really nice place with an amazing chain of mountains and glaciers in the background.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Rainforest Holiday Park offers a special experience with individual private bush park sites where you feel you are really parked out in the bush. All sites are separated native bush, thus making them seem very private. This Park is just a few minutes from the township. We had a power problem with our caravan and the staff were very good...

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Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

You get one slice of pizza every 20 minutes at this so called "unlimited pizza buffet." Not worth the 17 dollars. Our room was nice (but a bit small) and bed was comfy. Nice staff. Nice pub. Average stay. 2 stars mostly just because of the terrible pizza deal :/ the communal kitchen was big. Should have just cooked.

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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Reviewed 10 August 2015

It looked cool on the outside, and there was a fun bar associated with it as well as a huge hottub. Other than that, there wasn't much special about it this place. It was a typical bunk bed hostel, but it was clean, so that's always a plus. Franz Josef is pretty small so it wasn't too far a walk...

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County Kildare, Ireland
Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

What a surprise this lovely resort is. We were given a 'tree house' which had 3 double rooms and kitchen living area. Loved the tree cabin style and that it was situated in a quiet part of the resort. I'd choose the tree house or lodges if I was coming again! Beautifully appointed with all you need although it could...

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Thank Joanie R
Hokitika, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 August 2015

Accommodation was awesome (10 adults and 2 children) in the Gecko 5 bedroom house which can be decreased down to however many bedrooms required. The setting is amongst pungas, very private and the kitchen is very well equipped, has a full size stove, large fridge and there are 3 toilets and 3 bathrooms. There are 4 or 5 seperate studio...

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Thank Beryl_Roger_Agnew
Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 31 July 2015

accommodation was awesome (6 of us) in gecko village, 3 bedroom plus adjoining room. only downside apart from the rain, was car park was 30-40 mtr away, not good in pouring rain, that aside, would definitely stay here again

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Reviewed 30 July 2015

We stayed in the smallest (and cheapest) of the rooms. We found the room neat and clean, everything we expected it to be. Room had an Ipod dock, plenty of power points, great heater, and still enough space to be confortable. We did however find the shower a bit odd - the shower head located half way down the wall...

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Planet Earth
Reviewed 28 July 2015

My experience here was terrible. I stayed in a queen with ensuite room. It didn't have a queen bed. it was two singles pushed together. And not very well. so I couldn't help falling into the crack between the beds. The mattresses were so uncomfortable my muscles would ache the next day and I barely slept through the night. The...

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Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 24 July 2015

This place had it's hits and it's missing. Hits being the restaurant and bar/nightlife experience. This place does a fantastic job at giving backpackers a fantastic end of day experience while also offering great food! Misses being the rooms (at least that one we stayed in). We stayed in the tree hut and it was quite average. The bathroom was...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • 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: €22 - €215 (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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#4 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
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“Note. this is a hostel, so some parts will be full of noisy fun loving backpackers, but the Geko Villiage was set away from that area.”
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