Rainforest Retreat


⏰ 0:00 - 24:00

πŸ’΅ NZ$54 - NZ$186

🌏 46 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7886 New Zealand (View map)

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Room type

  • Mountain view

  • Non-smoking rooms

  • Family rooms

  • Smoking rooms available

Language spoken

English, German

Number of rooms


About us

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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Jacqueline S
⏳ 11-2021

Tree Lodge

Stayed overnight. Really comfortable night. Lovely accommodation, very private and great setting. Peaceful and relaxing. Easy to walk to other cafes/restaurants. Would definitely recommend and would like to return some time in the future. Reception staff were so helpful too.
⏳ 11-2021

Delightful stay in Deluxe Tree Lodge

The Deluxe Tree Lodge with a queen and king single bed was the perfect layout for a friends' trip to Franz Josef. Rainforest Retreat has friendly reception staff who go out of their way to assist you during your stay. The Tree Lodge is pretty special set on "stilts" in the rainforest and is beautifully decorated and offers a touch of luxury with the decor and furnishings for those seeking it. Breakfast was provided in our stay 4 nights, pay 3 nights special. A fully stocked complimentary minibar was a generous gesture of the Resort. A complimentary spa and sauna are available. The Retreat's own onsite Monsoon Restaurant was delicious with generous portion and attentive staff so we ate there twice as it meant we could just stroll on into the restaurant. The Retreat is about 5 minutes' walk to the township where there are other delicious restaurants such as Alice May which oozes character. A guided kayaking trip on Lake Mapourika with Franz Josef Wilderness tours is a must even for those with little kayaking experience and was an amazing experience on a calm beautiful lake about 10 minutes' drive from Franz Josef. A heli hike onto the glacier with The Helicopter Line is also a must do once in a lifetime trip. Our deluxe lodge was serviced each day and in the evenings the continental breakfast for the following day was delivered. I would highly recommend the Rainforest Retreat for those who wish to have a special time away from the cares of the world. Okarito Lagoon and walks are stunning. This is a special place and you feel like you are in a glacier wonderland with all the walks on offer in the area. Come and support this superb community!! …
Janine H
⏳ 11-2021

Beautiful retreat

We absolutely loved this place. They looked after us very well. Bubbles for our anniversary ???? spa pool was massive and very welcoming. Then the outdoor rain shower to top it off. Should be a 5 star. Highly recommend ????
Sonya S
⏳ 11-2021

A day in a month of celebrations

Peter and Sonya took 30 days away from their Manawatu base to tour the picturesque South Island as a belated honeymoon gift to theirselves. The seasoned couple married in April 2021 in a small ceremony at 'The last church in Apiti'. They planned to take their honeymoon in late November to return to 'normal' life just before Christmas. The scope of the trip included wine, food, photos, tours, hotels and fun. Sonya covered fuel and alcohol expenses while Peter took accommodation and events. The 'back to the future' triple treat package seemed too good to pass up; a heli tour of Franz Josef, a night in a rainforest retreat lodge and a tour of 'The West Coast Wildlife centre'. Sadly the weather meant the heli tour couldn't happen but it didn't dampen the couples holiday. Gastronomy delights were exceeded at Monsoon restaurant and bar. The rainforest retreat lodge puts 'the bling' to holiday living in a very kiwi surrounding. The couple are planning their next tour South in 2022 and have marked Franz Josef as a must to return to! …
⏳ 11-2021

100per cent recommend

We stayed with our caravan. Perhaps we are a bit big at 8,5 meters but if it’s not full you can fit in and it’s so worth it. In a lovely bush settprivate areas. Exceptionally friendly. The showers bathroom outstanding. Amongst the very best we have enjoyed. Please come here it’s awest
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