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46 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7886 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 29/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 29/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 13 hotels in Franz Josef
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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 flashpacker 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Children's playground
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Taxi service
Paid wifi
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Vending machine
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Neck massage
Open-air bath
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Additional bathroom
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Separate dining area
Separate living room
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
Good to know
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, German
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L Johansen wrote a review 11 Jun
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We have stayed at the Rainforest Retreat a couple of times in a campervan and it is honestly by far the best holiday park we have ever stayed. The showers are warm and modern, the sites are surrounded by trees so it's alot more private than most camping sites. There is a fantastic restaurant on site that has the most amazing atmosphere and yummiest food and drinks. I highly recommend stopping here on your next roadie. I can't wait to stay again!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Danielle P wrote a review 9 Jun
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We had a great time and for the price of a room, we were very impressed with how well set up the resort is. We enjoyed the spa, Monsoon restaurant and bar, the room was nice and the staff are friendly. This is our 2nd time staying and will stay every time we visit Franz
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Date of stay: June 2021
Anna B wrote a review 8 Jun
3 contributions
Absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the effort the staff went to to make my time here awesome. My best mate and I came to Franz on a roadie to celebrate her 30th and would highly recommend both the accomodation and restaurant!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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K Halls wrote a review 6 Jun
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We booked one of the little motel studios and it was just right us. Enough amenities and space to move about. Comfortable beds. Decently equipped kitchenette. Clean bathroom with a hot shower (wet room). Good price for three nights. Loved the option of extra hour before checkout. Five minutes walk to town, good bar/restaurant on site, we will be back!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Motel Studios had a better equipped kitchenette and larger bathroom.
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Eden B wrote a review 3 Jun
2 contributions
I stayed 2 years ago in the backpacker dorms and I was highly impressed with the cleanliness of the bathrooms and I thoroughly enjoyed the spa and restaurant, revisiting with my boyfriend in a small double room also did not disappoint. I recommend it as a great budget friendly option for all travellers. The restaurant is cosy and food is great too.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$38 - US$130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
rainforest retreat hotel franz josef
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland Tai Poutini National ParkFranz Josef
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rainforest Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Rainforest Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting (0.3 km), Te Koha Gallery (0.5 km), and Tatare Tunnels Walk (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rainforest Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Rainforest Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Rainforest Retreat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rainforest Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rainforest Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alice May, BLUE ICE RESTAURANT & BAR, and Monsoon Bar & Restaurant.
Is Rainforest Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Franz Josef.
Are any cleaning services offered at Rainforest Retreat?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rainforest Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Rainforest Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Church of St. James (10.7 km).
Does Rainforest Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.