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Rainforest Retreat

Immerse yourself in the spectacular mountains and bush of New Zealand’s West Coast. Rainforest Retreat is a unique destination with varied options to suit the budgets and needs of all travellers.

The beauty of the wild West Coast

Nestled amongst native bush and lush punga groves in Franz Josef village, Rainforest Retreat offers a varied range of accommodation, all built to embrace the natural environment. Whatever the season, you can explore the South Island’s glacier country and West Coast region from Rainforest Retreat. More than just accomodation, it’s a captivating experience.

What we offer

Rainforest Retreat has something for everyone, no matter your budget.

Holiday Park

Drive in, park up, relax

The Retreat

Luxury in a stunning location


Fun, friends and good times

Rooms & Suites

Choose from a variety of sizes and styles.


Kamahi Tree House

Luxury for the whole family (or even two) in these two, three or four bedroom units. Fully kitted with kitchen and laundry.

from $395/night

Gecko House – 2, 3, 4 or 5 Bedrooms

The newest addition to our range of rooms. With interconnecting rooms you can have 2, 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms.

from $315/night

Rainforest Tree House

Spacious 3 bedroom ground floor family home

from $315/night

Tree Lodge

Tree Lodges have a private setting with large outdoor living areas surrounded by native bush.

from $275/night

Tree Hut

Cosy stand-alone log cabins that are raised up into the rainforest canopy with large private decks.

from $275/night

Gecko Cottage

A unique and secluded room in the “Gecko Village”

from $175/night
Park Motel

Park Motel

Studio motel with kitchen facilities and flat screen TV with Sky Digital and iPod/iPhone dock

from $175/night

Flashpacker Ensuite Room

Fitted with a queen bed, tea & coffee making facilities, fridge flat screen TV with Sky Digital and iPod/iPhone

from $105/night

Ensuite Flashpacker Dorm

Ensuite rooms are fitted with a queen bed, tea & coffee making facilities, fridge flat screen TV with Sky Digital and iPod/iPhone.

from $36/night

Dorm Room

Includes linen and duvet, shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

from $31/night

Powered Campervan Site

Individually situated powered and non-powered sites in lush rainforest with full use of all the on-site facilities

from $32/night

Rustic Comforts

After a long day of paddling lakes, climbing glaciers, exploring forests or flying above the mountains, you may want to put your feet up in your warm, cozy room. Or perhaps come and relax by the fire in Monsoon and enjoy some delicious, well earned food and drink.

Unbelievable Beauty

Situated in West Coast glacier country, Franz Josef inhabits one of the most breathtaking areas in the world. The Southern Alps tower above the village, which is surrounded by lush rainforest and bordered by the glacier fed Waihao River. Serene Lake Mapourika is just minutes away.

About Rainforest

Rainforest Retreat offers premium Tree Houses, Tree Lodges, Tree Huts and Park Motel accommodation – all designed to embrace their surrounding environment and provide guests with a choice of either forest floor or mid canopy native bush views.

An Authentic Welcome

Besides it’s beauty the West Coast is known for the friendly hospitality of its locals.  Rainforest Retreat and its partners pride themselves in making their guests feel right at home.

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Guest Reviews

We happened upon this place after hours on the road, and totally lucked out, it's wonderful! We stayed in a room that was like a log cabin, surrounded by trees, like a little tree house. It was spotless, and had a fridge and some dishes and silverware, a nice pod coffeemaker and an electric teapot. Nice bathroom, cozy bed, everything was great. I didn't want to leave the next morning and would have happily stayed there for a few days. Don't miss this one!
Judy GTripAdvisor
We stayed at the Tree Lodge, awesome room surrounded by trees with a section of glass roof,awesome dining table with glass window gives a feel of dining in forest, complete cooking facilities, great complimentary coffee machine & capsules, great neighbor too
Beautiful place, really comfortable beds and the kitchen is huge. Bathrooms are amazing, best showers I've ever had! They've got hairdryers and hair straighteners in the bathroom. OH and they've got a sauna, spa pool and a huge hot tub. Their bar is really nice and so is their restaurant (though I didn't eat there). 100% recommend this place.
Anneline K.Tripadvisor
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