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Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast

26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7856 New Zealand
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Updated 16/04/20


#1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Franz Josef
Travellers' Choice
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Canoeing offsite
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Washing machine
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Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Italian
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PDKDP wrote a review Apr 2020
Buffalo, New York3 contributions1 helpful vote
Ribbonwood is such a lovely B and B and Julie and Jo were amazing. We were one of their last guests before the quarantine in NZ cut our trip short and they were very conscientious about ensuring our social distance was maintained throughout our stay in their extremely clean home. The information they provided on seeing the glacier, restaurants, things to do and even places to stop as we travelled to our next destination was most helpful. We stayed in the main house and our room was quiet and very comfortable, with a separate entrance that made it very easy for us to come and go. They have lovely gardens, chickens that provide fresh eggs for a delicious breakfast. We would highly recommend this b and b if you are going to FJG.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
Response from Julie Wolbers, Owner at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Responded 4 Jun 2020
Kia ora and thanks, we really appreciate your review. We are happy you enjoyed breakfast, as we enjoy showcasing produce from the garden. It was great having you to stay as you appreciated everything we have on offer here in Franz Josef! Our greatest joy living here is the birdlife that grows in number each year as the trees in the garden grow. We are always happy to help out with your arrangements, it is one of my favourite things about being a host. Nga mea pai katoa, all the best Arohanui Julie and Jo
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Tim R wrote a review Apr 2020
Morristown, New Jersey6 contributions1 helpful vote
Our stay at Ribbonwood was one of the most memorable experiences of our honeymoon to NZ. When we made our reservation, we expected a beautiful view of the mountains from our cottage based on pictures. Well, that view and the cottage blew our expectations out of the water. But the most memorable part of our experience were the hosts, Julie and Jo.A wonderful couple, they are so warm, welcoming and hospitable, and not to mention both excellent cooks. And Jo doubles as a local travel agent, based on his years of experience in the Dept. of Conservation and passion and appreciation of NZ's natural beauty. We loved learning from Jo's wealth of knowledge. Thank you both for an incredible stay in Franz Josef!
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Date of stay: December 2019
Response from Julie Wolbers, Owner at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Responded 4 Jun 2020
Kia ora our guests and friends. It was really kind of you to write this review, thank you very much. We are only too happy to help with plans for making your time here special, working with your interests and time frame as well as the weather! We love to hear you enjoyed breakfast so much. We wish you well. Hei konā mai, bye for now, Julie and Jo
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HeatherGibbons2016 wrote a review Apr 2020
Lichfield, United Kingdom4 contributions
Ribbonwood Retreat is a lovely bed & breakfast situated in a quiet and beautiful location. The rooms are very clean and comfortable, ours had an outside deck with seating area. I would recommend a stay of at least 3 nights just in case you have to re-arrange your activities due to the weather. What sets it aside from other bed and breakfasts and make it so special are the hosts Julie and Jo. From the moment you arrive they welcome you into their home and ensure that you make the most of your stay in this stunning area of New Zealand. Their advice, enthusiasm and knowledge from the time we made the booking was invaluable, they even gave us a list of things to see on our journey from Lake Wanaka to Franz Josef. Julie booked all our activities including a helicopter ride with snow landing at Mount Cook, Kayaking at Okarito and my husband an extreme heli-hike on the Fox Glacier which he hasn't stopped talking about. In the evening there is even a free taxi service to some of the restaurants in Franz Josef village which Julie kindly arranged for us, nothing was too much trouble. Breakfasts were a sociable affair where we were introduced to guests from other parts of the world. We enjoyed home made pancakes with eggs from their chickens and home made bread. We were on a 3 month tour of New Zealand but Ribbonwood Retreat and the hospitality of Julie and Jo will always be remembered with fondness and hopefully one day we will return.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Julie Wolbers, Owner at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Responded 16 Apr 2020
Kia ora Heather our dear guests, what beautiful words you have written to tell others of your experience staying with us! You are very kind. We absolutely loved having you here, it was a great joy in our hosting experience. Yes, just a few minutes drive from the village gives us a great vantage point, so we are close to the action and just far enough removed so as to feel the peace and quiet. Meeting you was also an unforgettable experience for us. I am glad you worked with us several months beforehand so we could pass on advice and tips to make your activities tailored for you and to ensure you made the most of every opportunity. Warm thoughts and all the best, Julie and Jo
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Alan S wrote a review Mar 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates32 contributions
Ribbonwood Retreat is just a short distance out of Franz Josef and is an extremely good BandB. We were in the cottage (there are two other rooms in the house) which was large and well equipped. Local restaurants were willing to collect and return us to Ribbonwood Retreat after a meal. The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. An outstanding BandB and highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: The cottage was extremely nice and roomy.
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Response from Julie Wolbers, Owner at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Responded 16 Apr 2020
Thank you so much for your excellent review of us. We feel very lucky with our great location, so peaceful yet close to all the action. We remember you both as we did enjoy our conversations. It was lovely having you to stay. Arohanui Julie and Jo
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Malcolm D wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom42 contributions4 helpful votes
My wife and i stayed her on our recent trip around NZ We were met by the hosts and shown our beautiful rooms with great views a shirt distance out of town We had a welcome cup of tea and Anzac biscuits then were give all the local knowledge you could wish for including suggesting local restaurants and arranging for them to pick us up and drop us off after I cannot praise the experience highly enough Just thanks again if we every get back to NZ we will return Thanks Malcolm and Wendy
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Julie Wolbers, Owner at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Responded 16 Apr 2020
Kia ora Malcolm, thank you for your kind words, we do appreciate you! It is a wonderful location, so close to the bustling village yet just far away enough to be surrounded by trees that attract many bird species and lovely mountain views. We did enjoy sharing it all with you! Ngā mihi Julie
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US$174 - US$229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland Tai Poutini National ParkFranz Josef
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting (4.3 km), Te Koha Gallery (4.5 km), and Tatare Tunnels Walk (4.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alice May, BLUE ICE RESTAURANT & BAR, and Monsoon Bar & Restaurant.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Ribbonwood Retreat Bed and Breakfast?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Church of St. James (6.7 km).