We were very lucky to be able to spend three nights with Julie and Jo; two nights in the cottage and one in their pretty home. The location and mountain views were outstanding, the gardens so pretty, and the breakfasts (fruit crepes) delicious. The cottage was self-contained and on a night we were going to the Kiwi Safari, Julie made us a yummy pizza and salad saving our night for the trip. She is a swimmer like us so gave us the perfect place to swim as well. Didn't matter what we needed both Jo and Julie were there to help us out. Felt like we were really visiting friends. Ribbonwood is an easy drive to Franz Joseph Glacier and activities there; also not that far to Fox Glacier either. Julie helped us with reservations to the amazing Okarito Kiwi Safari with Ian, the Franz-Joseph Helicopter Hike, and delicious dinners at the Blue Ice Cafe. Loved learning about the ecological challenges in New Zealand due to pests like stoats, feral cats, and of course those pesky possums! Great fun all around. We were sad to leave these sweet people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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