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“Good base for the glaciers”
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Rainforest Retreat
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Nefyn, United Kingdom
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“Good base for the glaciers”
Reviewed 28 January 2014

Well designed campsite, retaining bits of rain forest even within the site. It was busy, but in our motorhome site e weren't disturbed by other groups coming to the fixed accommodation. The staff was helpful, and wi-fi worked fine. The only down-side was that the toilet block was temporary and not very good standard, though a notice stated that this is to be improved.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review, 8 February 2014
Hi Peter
Thanks for the great review. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the trip.
Cheers
Oscar
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

This campsite was absolutely gorgeous, in a rainforest setting with great facilities and a lovely outdoor (indoor if you pay) hot jacuzzi bath. It was raining when we arrived, but we still loved the place, and the restaurant on the premises had a cozy bar area with a big open fireplace. The staff was also very helpful, and it was close to everything we wanted to do and see in Franz Josef.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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RainforestFranzJosef, General Manager at Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review, 8 February 2014
Hi Chloro
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for your great review.
Cheers
Oscar
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

My husband and I stayed two nights to visit glaciers and surrounding area. This was a very well looked after site. We had a standard double room which was very clean and comfortable with a decent bed and bathroom, although rather small it was adequate. Wi-fi available but very slow The reception staff were very good and worked really hard. The on sight restaurant and bar was packed at night with mainly young back packers and coach tours making anyone over 25 feeling extremely old! Although there was no noise around the rooms and sleep quality was good.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Wonderful site for Camper Vans with amazing bar & restaurant on site - Walking distance to lovely cafes and restaurants in Franz Josef BBQ guest area absolutely immaculate - Well done to all travellers who spend more time cleaning the BBQ plates for the next guest, than cooking their own food -

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

We stayed here for one night with our camper van. Friendly staff at check-in. Reasonable price for a powered site. The cleanliness of the toilets and showers did leave a lot to wish for. During the morning we had problem to find vacant showers. This place definately needs an overhaul regarding toilets and showers. We didn't try the Monsoon restaurant in the park. Instead we had dinner at a bar in the town.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

This has been built only a month ago. A huge house with lots and lots of room. We could not believe how much room this house had. The kitchen had lots of cutlery making it a great place for a large family. This is hidden at the back among the camp sites and is worth paying extra for. This is well worth the stay. The courtyard has a view of a mini forest. highly recommended.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

Very pretty location, we had a lot that easily fit 5 adults (3 seperate rooms with a kitchen and laundry) at a reasonable price. Only 20minutes from the Fox Glacier and at the Franz Josef glacier so the location is brilliant.

Rooms were modern with great TVs, bathrooms and plenty of cupboard space for longer stays. Staff were friendly and the on site restaurant made a mean lamb shank.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Rainforest Retreat
Address: 46 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Franz Josef
#5 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rainforest Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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 
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