Rainforest Retreat

Reviews

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Just a guy

Ranking: 10/10

Nice staff, very good value for money! Much better than the camping next door and also cheaper when traveling with a baby as the neighbouring camping charges even for 0 years old babies.

Reviewed 9 days ago

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Maria

Ranking: 6/10

Ok site but some sites are very small - our first we could not even open the doors on our small jucy condo... but we could change after complaining.

Just gravel sites so no nice place to sit around your car but bbq area is nice

I paid more for booking online than the lady next to me just dropping in...

Reviewed 10 days ago

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Kerry

Ranking: 10/10

$45 for a night with a campervan on a powered site. (2 adults, kids under 4 free)
Really lovely setting with the sites spread out between towering ferntrees giving a real rainforest feel. Nice kitchen and eating area. Free BBQ facilities right in front of the children's play area which was brilliant.
Showers and toilets were decent but small.
Short walk to the hot pools so we didn't actually need to use the camp showers.

Reviewed 24 days ago

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Peter

Ranking: 10/10

Great campsite, we had a powered site which was quite secluded. Access to the shared jacuzzi included. Decent bbq area but needs to have better cleaning equipment. Toilets and showers fantastic, free to use hair dryers and straighteners in the female ones. We didn’t book as hadn’t planned to stay but our hike was cancelled and they had space.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Anna-Lena

Ranking: 8/10

Really nice campground with all facilities needed. The parking lots are quite next to each other. So with the small baby in out Campervan we hope that our neighbors were all right 😅
But apart from that very good experience

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Inge and Tonnie

Ranking: 7/10

Nice campground, but small pitche, very close together. There are 6 female showers not 2. There is an extra building behind the extra mens block. Facilities are old. Wifi works fine during the day, not fast. But at night it is not good at all. Probably to busy with users. Price is 48 dollars for 2 for powered site. They don't have non-powered sites. In town, so close to shops and restaurants. Staff is friendly. Steep price for what you get.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Olivia

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place but dirty ladies showers (only 2) and kitchen not well equipped (no ustensils): only hob and microwave. Did not try restaurant as it was expensive (>$26 for basic pizza). Spa pool looked nice but did not use it.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Jeff

Ranking: 8/10

Good facility, close to everything in Franz Josef.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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A&E

Ranking: 10/10

Highly recommend. Lovely lay out and pitches. Ask for a powered site in the bush for a secluded spot. The on-site restaurant is incredible and very good value. A&E

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Adam

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot to camp while either visiting the glaciers or on your way down the west coast. Would recommend here above all others we saw in the area. Perfect little campervan spots enclosed by well established gardens giving you some privacy and a nice setting. Franz Josef was a nice town too. Only criticism is there needs to be more washers/dryers - but if your patient or do it somewhere else, all good.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Erin

Ranking: 10/10

Great holiday park in a beautiful setting! Clean new showers and the bathrooms are heated! WiFi is free and unlimited for guests!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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El and Josh

Ranking: 9/10

Super nice, didn’t feel like a caravan parking lot at all which was a nice change. Loved the hot tub, the staff were lovely, and the facilities were good - there was even a straightener in the ladies showers! The restaurant on site has good specials and the place is clean.
Only down side was the toilets didn’t seem to flush well, so there was often someone else’s business sitting there waiting for you.
All in all though for $42 for two people it was the nicest, best value holiday park we’ve seen.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Le Na

Ranking: 10/10

Best place I have stayed so far. We extended one more night. The hot pool was a bonus. Kids love it. Worth the money !

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Kate

Ranking: 10/10

Really loved this site. Nestled in the rainforest but could be a bit crowded if full. Lovely shower block with large showers hot and powerful. WiFi was good. Best bit was a little restaurant on site. Large open fire and relaxed alpine vibe. Highly recommend. Short walk to the hot pools and lots of bookings possibly. Very helpful staff

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Mariette

Ranking: 1/10

Not good for campervan. Dirty bathrooms, not enough toilets or showers (in ladies bathroom, 3 toilets and 2 showers between 50 campervan sites). Clearly aimed at people staying in the main buildings.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Maggie

Ranking: 9/10

Really cool spot! The sites can be a little tight, but we were placed with no neighbors. The facilities were nice and clean. There was a super nice hot tub available and an awesome restaurant on-site. We had Pizzafest while we were there and it was delicious and fun!

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Kelly Linn

Ranking: 8/10

Really nice stop. The pizza at the restaurant was really yummy! Laundry worked well here. Amazing free WiFi. Bathrooms weren’t the nicest we’ve seen and showers didn’t have benches (which is really helpful).

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Luke Thomson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Tiny spaces for campers and really cramped. Toilets fairly grotty old and not very nice. Showers were hot. Expensive for what it is (a car park in a forest).

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Tash & Laura

Ranking: 8/10

Great location near to hot pools and glacier tours. Great bar with lots of drink offers in the evening (6$ drinks) , nicely presented but very small spaces and they fit a lot of people in!! Hot tub and sauna both small and sauna wasn’t working when we went. Toilet and kitchen small but clean.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Heather Abbott

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Small lots for campervan but they have done a nice touch with extra shubbery/trees to separate and give some privacy. Clean facilities though only 2 shower stalls but included. They also had a spa pool included though we opted to use the hot springs which are just a couple minutes walk away. Close to restaurants in town as well. Good location overall if you want to be near town and attractions.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Liz

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful setting! Sites are cramped together but they do feel private as they are separated by a small rainforest garden.

Showers were good, with unlimited free hot water and had hairdryer and straighteners too.

Great location and very close to town.
Would be 10/10 if we weren’t so closely crammed in with other camper vans.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Sascha Koch

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Increadible small places if you got a „twin-box“. I could almost knock to next Campers Door out of my window. If single box, its definetly better (same price).

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Jacqui

Ranking: 9/10

Great stay for New Year celebrations. Great bar/restaurant attached to site. We certainly saw in 2019 in a happy environment. Great food. Staff very friendly.
Amenities a little tired but did the job. Shower lovely and hot. Washers a bit worn out
Site really does have a fabulous rainforest feel. Pitches good. Nothing too far away.
Site is close to all bars and restaurants, 2 mins out of site.
Jacqui UK 🇬🇧

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Rick

Ranking: 8/10

Heaven compared to the other options in town. Good wifi and plenty of motorhome sites with space to spread out.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Paula G

Ranking: 9/10

We loved this place. Traveling in an extra large camper van, the sites are a decent size and private! With rainforest gardens in between each site you don’t feel looked in on my other campers. It is close to all restaurants and is very clean & well run

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Julia Thompson

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed 3 nights here in our campervan. All amenities were clean, showers had good water pressure, restaurant was awesome, will definitely stay here again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jordan & Jazlyn

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice holiday parks tucked away in the rainforest.
Good facilities and clean, tv room, kitchen, restaurant and bar on grounds. Free to use spa during hours.
Centrally located.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Scooper

Ranking: 7/10

This place was actually disappointing as we had been expecting more from reading reviews and their website. It is WAY overcrowded - yes you are surrounded by some rainforest-style greenery but you will also have another van parked about 2m from you, and you will look directly into the window of cabins/apartments/whatever that are opposite and all over this over-built site. There were quite a few vans overnight even though off-peak, yet they closed at least half of their bathroom facilities meaning the remaining facilities were crowded and a bit grubby. There is also insufficient lighting and signage, so can actually get a bit lost trying to find your van after a swim at the hotpools. Not what we were expecting and for the price, would look elsewhere next-time, including just parking the van and staying in a motel room instead.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in September 2018

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ian kennedy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Really nice site overall, however, the pitches are quite small and difficult to manoeuvre a large campervan into. The bushes around ours required a serious trim as you couldn’t easily get to the power outlet! To be fair we pointed this out and the manager has said he’ll address this. Very good shower and kitchen facilities. The onsite restaurant and bar was excellent. Extremely conveniently located for Franz Josef glacier.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 9/10

19Oct18. $44 for 2 of us in large camper powered site. Free WiFi.
The site allocated to us was a little awkward to get onto as we had to be sideways but most others were drive/reverse in.
It looks a bit claustrophobic at first but it was quiet.
The bar and restaurant were very good. Good atmosphere. A covered semi outdoor area with a log fire. A good selection of ales. We had pizza and had plenty to take away with us. The food others had looked good too.

Only 9 out of 10 as I have a general issue with campsite showers. Don’t owners realise that when it is wet you walk water and muck in. With no duck board or anything else to stand on after your shower you have to stand on a mucky floor with wet feet. Also something to sit on for when drying feet would be good. Oh, the lights switched off before I finished too.

In spite of that little rant we like this place and may well come again on our next trip as we feel it is good value.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Rachel

Ranking: 8/10

Nice campsite in the centre of Franz Josef- very convienient for glacier access. The site itself was very nice and had nice surroundings. Bathrooms weren’t super clean when we went and only 2 showers so there may be a queue. Nice on site hot tub which was a good perk. $40 for 2 people for 1 night on a powered site.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Claudia

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing stay! Lovely place, great bar!!! Sites we’re lovely, facilities great, and perfect locations for local activities. The bar is a must, great atmosphere, does not disturb camp grounds at all! Also lovely jacuzzi and sauna for all guests to use at their leisure!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Cho

Ranking: 10/10

We were robbed of our camper van here. But the staff here were incredibly kind. We got free room and food, and we finally found the campervan. I really appreciate the staff. This is a really nice place! Thank you!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Cédric

Ranking: 10/10

Le meilleur camping que nous ayons fait en NZ. Prix très correct au vu des prestations et services inclus : internet, sauna, spa pool, bar et restaurant, emplacement camping car magnifique, vue sur franz joseph, bon accueil, parc de jeu pour enfants, bungalow cottage magnifique, on aimerait ne plus en repartir...

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Eb Brough

Ranking: 9/10

This was an awesome place! The showers and toilets were clean. We had a powered site which was spacious. We didn’t feel cramped in at all. It cost us $41 for two of us. The all you can eat pizza night was brilliant and a great way to meet people. The spa was also fantastic, nice way to relax at the end of a day hiking. The only reason it got a 9 was because they say free wifi which it is but it is very poor.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Louis

Ranking: 7/10

It's a pretty cool place with lots of nature surrounding you. Check in was a breeze and a night for 2 in a medium camper cost around $41. The kitchen uses a littered burner, microwave and fridge, it doesn't have a hot water dispenser nor an oven which would be nice. Toilet is a little smaller with only 2 showers and 2 toilet next to the kitchen. Parking is kina tight, where each slot is for 2 camper side by side. Overall is a nice place for the night and would surely come back again

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Esther

Ranking: 9/10

Best I stayed. We stay 1 night with a van in winter. It is a Resort not just a camping, Jacuzzi, sauna, bar, well equipment facilities, bathroom with heardryer, ghd, several toilets and showers, nice bbq area an dining room.
The bar was a little bit expensive but very nice place anyway.
Keep it this way!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Bex & Jake

Ranking: 10/10

Really cool location. Reception helpful (although busy at times). Arrived and were able to book in for free for a private sauna and hot tub available on site.
Kitchen facilities were great - have to bring your own pots and pans.
Onsite restaurant and bar was really nice. Great food and a good atmosphere.
WiFi was free and worked across site.
Felt really good value.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ella

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice spot in the rainforest. We got a powered site and were close to the facilities, which were also great. Only complaint would be that the sites are quite close together. It was quiet when we were there so it was fine but could get hectic at peak season. Pretty much next door to the thermal baths too!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Christina

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Stayed two nights here. A great spot close to town. Great meal at the onsite restaurant/bar. Nice facilities

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Florian

Ranking: 10/10

This place is amazing. By far the best place we’ve stayed at (that ain’t free). Amazing rainforest all around the site and nice little spots each with they own table and chairs. Large kitchen with coolers and fridge but no pots or pans so bring your own to cook. Two sets of toilets and showers which were all good. Also has a FREE hot tub on site as well as a really nice pub just by the entrance that does a pizza fest (all you can eat pizza) every other night. Unlimited free WiFi which all holiday parks should have nowadays really.... can’t fault it!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Eversons

Ranking: 5/10

Very small pitch which was challenging to manoeuvre into. Very close to next van...and nowhere to sit outside van, if van is large! Lively site with backpacker lodges . Well situated for walking into town. Great bar and pizza place on site.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2018

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Nat

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely rainforest parks for powered campervan sites. Great location close to all cafes, restaurants and activity departure points. Great restaurant and bar on site and hot pools, and good kitchen facilities. I’d say not great based on overcrowding of tourists (could of just been seasonal tourists) but kitchen was a struggle to get space in, and not clean ( again probably just the amount of tourists there ). Semi clean for he most part bathrooms, 2 showers 3 toilets in ladies which is generally fine but this is a very popular campsite so could easily see it being not enough amenities.
Lovely heated dining room (again not big enough for capacity).
Cost a bit much, but it was the nicer place in town. Very busy at reception, but hosts were still helpful, fast and kind.
Most sites are paired so you’ll be alongside another van.
Overall good if you don’t mind the crowds.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Benn

Ranking: 7/10

This is a nice site. Campervan plots are decided mainly in two's. With gravel drives. The trees are well established looks like the site was designed around the forrest. The toilets and showers had seen better days, the kitchen and BBQ are fine, would stay here again, very central for town, and the bar and restaurant is busy. Lots of younger backpackers but we are in our 60s and this was great. Overall nice but if showers had been better then would have given a 9

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Michael Jayaranjan

Ranking: 10/10

What a cute resort middle in Franz Josef village! Great facilities (clean toilets & showers), kitchen (bring ur own dishes and cooking utilities). Free wifi but very weak one. Overall absolutely lovely place!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Michael Gooch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Located within easy reach of Franz Josef amenities and attractions although mature flora around the site creates a secluded environment. Campervan pitches were gravelled and well spaced out with some tables and chairs available for guests use. Clean and effective toilets and showers. Monsoon bar and restaurant offer good range of wines and beers plus excellent food at affordable prices for all. An excellent site although reception staff could have been more welcoming.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Robert Wilkinson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Large sites with seating
Very clean toilet blocks and kitchen
Showers free to use
Restaurant/pub on site very nice. 5 minutes to town walking
Quiet site except backpacker/ motel section

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Laura

England

Ranking: 4/10

$46 for 2 people in a non-powered van. The sites are tiny, a space which you would think is just for one camper is in fact for 2 campers so you have no privacy. (I am whispering this to my boyfriend as to not disturb the van next to us!) The kitchen is quite small and there is no freezer. This is completely overpriced for what you get. Showers were good.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Rasmus Lundgaard Nielsen

Ranking: 9/10

Really beautiful campground with good facilities. Feels like being in the rainforest.
The adjacent restaurant and bar has a nice atmosphere.
A bit pricey but good value!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Guinnifer Fuld

Ranking: 8/10

Clean and nice facilities (eg dining area next to the kitchen really nice, both inside and outside. Showers/toilets clean, and showers free.
Only downside: spots are relatively small, we got luckily and got a slightly bigger one but some are simply slightly oversized parking spots... However, really nice campground, good facilities and perfectly located in Franz Josef!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sarah Atkinson

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

This is a great spot, has everything you need (including power points in the bathrooms which I greatly appreciated!).
The bar & restaurant out the front has a great vibe and awesome happy hour!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Luke Pearce

Ranking: 9/10

Great kitchen (about 10 hobs) and dining area, both inside and out. Hot tub was pleasant and not too busy. Very hot and powerful showers. The site was about half full when we stayed.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Kevin Thom

Ranking: 10/10

This place is quite expensive... We paid $48 for a powered site for two people. That said, it's also very good. Knowledgeable staff, clean facilities and hot showers were quite nice. We stayed here while driving south and then returned when coming back north again. The powered sites are pretty small and close together. Also be aware that when it rains, the trees above will pour water onto your roof all night and make it sound like a steel drum band!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Phil and Mel Rowson

Ranking: 9/10

A very lively place to stay, lots of facilities didn't have to queue for showers, laundry etc. hot tub very busy but a rainy day. We loved the on site restaurant. Large group of foreign exchange students staying who sang to the waitress in Maori which was lovely to witness, site is walking distance from all Franz Joseph has to offer ie supermarket, West Coast Wildlife Centre. Very quiet overnight.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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S H

United States

Ranking: 10/10

One of our favorite campsites in NZ. Friendly staff, restaurant and bar was so fun. Campsites great along with the rooms if you wanted a break from camping. Cheap and great facilities

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Samantha Brewin

Ranking: 6/10

<ore of a backpackers hub than a rainforest 'retreat'....the sights are nicely surrounded by lush rainforest however the bathrooms where a bit dirty and run down and the staff at reception were not very helpful!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Jasmine Andrew

Ranking: 8/10

After reading poor previous reviews we were sceptical to stay here however like most places where we judged on reviews we were proved wrong. This place had a really good tropical feel with free unlimited wifi. Yes the campsites are quite close and not very big however you only need enough space to park your van- if you have a large motor home it probably isn’t ideal for you. There is a restaurant onsite which had a buffet all you can eat pizza night and free drink for only $20. For a small town with not many options we thought this place was good to stay. $46 for two people for a powered site- not cheap but most places are all around the same price in NZ unless you stay at a DOC site or free campground. Some peoples expectations seem to be so high- those people need to stay in luxury accommodation.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Geoff Steele

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location, surprisingly close to the heart of town. Campsites are embedded in thick bushland, but they are arranged as pairs so we were very close to one other. I'd have scored 10/10 if only one motorhome per bay. Facilities are new and clean. There's a restaurant/bar onsite and meals were sensational. We'd return here for sure.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Javier Mimbrera

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Pay for a lovely forest site in the village. Facilities OK

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Vanessa Stubbs

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Ridiculously close motorhome sites defeating the idea of a 'rainforest' retreat. The wifi was awful. Facilities were getting older but still clean and ok to use. Gravel sites.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Bernhard Roth

Ranking: 10/10

A top place. Price and performance is very good. For this, a great facility. If all demands. Free wifi, shower for free and free spa use.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Flrent

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We have stayed there for a night and it was just perfect. The kitchen was tidy, showers and toilet very clean but the best of it was the campsite in the forest. Amazing!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Sascha Wolff

Ranking: 3/10

Paid $39 for 2 adults for a powered site. The parking spots are ok, but the bathroom facilities are not very clean and old. It smells bad and the floor is very wet; even in the nighttime. The Wifi is not working properly. I better have a WiFi which works and I have to pay for than a Wifi which is free, but not working.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Kerry Lee

Ranking: 9/10

A lovely campsite with a real "rainforest" feel.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Ian Ling

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Felt like living in a rainforest. We really like the campervan bays that are separated by bush walls for some privacy. Facilities were clean and well put together.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Nick Lawson

Ranking: 7/10

Not a bad place. More geared up for backpackers and the hipster/seasonal staff but we were treated well.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Belinda Clarke

Ranking: 9/10

A lovely haven in the middle of the rainforest. Tight spaces, but you don't notice as the rainforest surrounds you and separates the park and sites. Wifi was free, however so slow it's pretty much not functional. Bar and restaurant on site. Lots of buses / backpackers in front area, hotel rooms, but powered sites area was very quiet and peaceful. Adequate amenities, despite the park looking relatively full, never waited for toilet or shower and the hot water was free, unlimited and the best pressure on the South Island! Bliss!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Laura Kudo

Ranking: 7/10

Pleasant atmosphere and quiet, although a very busy site.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Lars Peter Morling

Ranking: 5/10

Basic facilities. Not enough places in the kitchen, toilet and shower. And very expensive!!!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Ceezer Bakker

Ranking: 3/10

Rude staff. Crowded with (noisy) backpackers.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Erich Brueggermann

Ranking: 9/10

One of our favourite campsites, cool concept! Great bar/restaurant with wood fire. Check out specials! Spaces quite tight but private. Friendly staff. Great base for the glaciers. Only negative: the bathrooms should be checked/cleaned twice a day as there are a lot of people using them! We stayed in January.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Shelley Warkentin

Canada

Ranking: 6/10

This holiday park was practically situated in Franz Josef town. Campsites, although gravel, were surrounded by trees. Not much for outside sitting area though. The kitchen area, although small, offered a warm fire and a cozy dining area. After a long day's travel, we arrived late and decided to have dinner at the restaurant. Service was good, but the food was terrible and overpriced. The showers and toilets were not well maintained - not a pleasant experience. We were also looking forward to a soak in the included spa tub, only to learn that there was one small crammed spa for such a large park. It was also closing by the time we arrived and we were unable to reserve the private spa. This "retreat" did not really feel like a retreat at all.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Victoria Strong

Ranking: 6/10

Dirty & run down. Rubbish around sites plus overflowing bins. Was post New Years so maybe a bad time to stay. Spa nice.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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René Birchler

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful scenery, great location, clean facilities.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jennifer Northey

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great facilities, beautifully designed (though camper parking can take some effort in some places) and well located. Book in advance.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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S Webb

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Great to access the nearby Franz Josef Glacier - make sure you walk to the face of it before it retreats entirely!

Rainforest Retreat is more for young party people than for couples or families, which was a bit of a shame as we imagined this place being a soothing oasis... We went to the Monsoon Bar during a monsoon for a drink and were ignored by the waitress until she had finished smoking a cigarette and chatting to her friend. We left!

The kitchen facilities are OK, bit small for the size of the park. The nature trail is lacking and they pack the campers in!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Joanne Woo

Singapore

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely site to stay in despite the rain. Wonderful toilet and shower facilities...hot water was very much welcome in the cold weather. Had dinner at the on site Mosoon restaurant but food was so so...our valley guide the next day recommended snake bites instead. But all in all, a very nice idyllic site to stay. Recommended.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Chris

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

It was ok, the location is good. Short walk to town.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Rubenas abidin

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice tropical ambience, great power site! $35 for 2 adult with Rankers 10% discount. Showers and toilet clean!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Matt Lohmeyer

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful park with glowworms galore at night. Friendly hosts. Great facilities - a bit pricey, but you pay for the fact they are the only one in the area...

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Rachel Chandler

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot, each van has a spot of rain forest. Toilets and showers very clean.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Caleigh

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

A great location. Stunning rainforest retreat for our RV and short walking distance to enjoy hot pools after long treks.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jacqui Deans

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic holiday park in Franz Josef. Huge range of accommodation and lots of lovely sites. Great pub/restaurant on site and also free use of spa while staying there. Dog friendly which was great for us. We really enjoyed our stay there and would definitely return

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Rosemary Roche

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great holiday park. Literally like a rainforest! Great bar onsite called the Monsoon Bar. Make you sure you keep the map as it can be tricky to find your way around once you leave your site. Was reasonable for two people on a powered site (<$36). Gravel road throughout. Located very close to Franz.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Chloe Cox

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely spot to base yourself at Franz Josef for a few days. Each spot was nestled in the rainforest so felt quite private. Only thing that could make this a 10 would be more shower facilities.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Shay

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome location and surroundings, very friendly staff and great facilities. There's a nice onsite restaurant/bar and even a spa.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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David Elliott

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

A well set out site, but it is big and probably would be crowded in peak times. Our powered site was fairly private. The facilities were very good, clean and free hot water. Be aware that it can feel like a war zone with the constant sound of helicopters. We recommend the Monsoon cafe which is attached, the pizzas were delicious. But stay clear when they have a tour bus in!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Paul Read

Canada

Ranking: 6/10

Reasonable site and the shower and toilet facilities were good. However, we were with friends and had asked when booking for the sites to be adjacent. They were - but with a big hedge between us and, instead, we were right next to a large camper in a relatively cramped space. Doing laundry was stressful because it was overly busy - with notices restricting removal of other people's laundry from machines while completed laundry was left in machines for over an hour by some inconsiderate campers. The camp was noisy, largely due to the large number of younger visitors and the kitchen was like a war zone! Not the place for a quiet stay!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ian Robb

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Well equipped facility, sites a little cramped and close to neighbours. Quite brightly lit all night, which is annoying if you're a light sleeper. The nearby cabins and lodge area were noisy and crowded. Toilets and showers were well kept and clean. Franz Joseph is like a war zone during the day, with constant helicopter noise.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Alex Macdonald

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

We stayed one night on a powered site. Location was good and the site is very beautifull surounded by forrest. However the shower and toilet facilities were terrible. They were dirty and smelly, the main block near us smelt of sick, probably from one of the many number of young and noisey Kiwi Experiance backpackers. Also the WiFi is a waste of money as the signal is poor and it was painfully slow, probably due to the high number of previously mentioned backpackers.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Clint waters

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Friendly staff, great location and average price with good clean amenities

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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James Whitehead

Ranking: 7/10

Slots for campervans are the smallest we've experienced in 2 weeks travelling the South Island (need curtains shut for privacy unless you want to see your neighbours breakfast!). Nice to have shrubs and trees around which diluted the impact of smaller pitches. Staff friendly and did move us when we asked for a slot to accommodate a larger van. Great position, close to all Franz Joseph amenities.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Richard Kirby

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great site, centrally located for Franz Josef, seems to be very busy with a restaurant onsite. Toilets and Showers were warm and clean but busy. They have over 50 powered sites but only 5 showers, a little hard to all get through in the morning.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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David From Switzerland

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Good camping site, beautifully located in a rainforest, very good and not expensive restaurant on site. Facilities are ok and clean. No WiFi at all (you can buy data but they warn you that the signal will be very poor)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jamie

Ranking: 10/10

The Rainforest Holiday Park has it all: super close to lots of bars, restaurants, and places to book helicopter and glacier tours, a helpful reception that can also book tours for you, lots of spots for campervans and backpackers, clean and modern facilities, good wifi, and it's in a beautiful area that feels like you're in nature. A lot of backpackers on the Kiwi Experience busses come here too and hang out at Monsoon bar on the property, so it's very fun and you can meet a lot of people. Highly recommended!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Juan Gomez

Ranking: 10/10

Nice staff (a German girl very friendly), amazing place to park the campervan between the forest (for $39NZD for 2 people, power site and 24 hours free Wifi). Good hot showers, good kitchen with fridge, free BBQ and even a jacuzzi. There is a pub/restaurant with big TV screen and chimney!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Zhang Li

Ranking: 10/10

Hot water environment is very good in the rainforest, a great camp.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Rawiri johnston

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Stayed for a couple of nights at this place. The powered sites were in their own individual bush cave which was a new experience. Staff were super friendly (thanks Georgie - you're a star) and the price was ok ($37 per couple). Its located one street back from the main road so not far to walk if you need a coffee or a meal. There's a spa on site, or you can walk down the road to the flash hot pool complex.

Bath rooms were clean enough, with plenty of hot water, great pressure, and no timer. Looks like some of the temporary repairs have become permanent, and the ladies bathroom had mould in it - so could do with a bit of TLC. Lastly - there's an onsite pub and restaurant so not far to go for a meal or a beer!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Viki Ziemba

Ranking: 9/10

Stayed here once for New Years and again now. Enjoyed this place much more the second time around. Washroom had automatic heater when you enter, keeps facilities nice and warm while showering and getting ready. Second block of washrooms closed for winter season but not as busy this time of year anyways. Hot tub still open but didn't use it. Discount prices this time of year $34 plus $16 for additional adult for powered camper spot. Will stay here again in future, friendly staff.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Saskia Luecke

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place with the big plus of the free hot pool for cold days!! Kitchen spacious and clean. Receptionists friendly. It was quite crowded as all the tour busses stop there, party - hostel - atmosphere even on a Monday. Shared mixed bathrooms with inconsistent water temperature. Worth its price but a few things to improve.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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melissa heng

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

Best holiday park experience ever! It had the mixed vibes of camper van park as well as backpacker. Reception help was the most friendliest and heartwarming one. Shower was the best too! Toilet clean and so at ease! Hot water rocks! Kitchen fully equipped, you could prolly cook for a hundred pax at ease.
Highly highly recommended!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Matt Betts

Ranking: 10/10

The shower made my day!! What a shower! Water pressure was outstanding, fantastic temperature and all very clean! On site hot tub and good bar/restaurant.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Erica b

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

We stayed one night in April with another family on one of their powered sites. The rainforest surrounds were lovely and there were good things to keep the children occupied. We did find the site a bit expensive but that was to be expected given the location.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Bartlomiej Berger

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

Clean facilities, small campsites, too pricey (expensive), very commercial.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Berni Hart

Ranking: 8/10

Good central location and well thought out layout to offer some privacy on a big campsite. Good facilities and plenty of them. Free hot tub a bonus.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Robert Kappel

Ranking: 10/10

Really a highlight - very friendly, clean and lovely site. Rainforest beautiful as well.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Jean-Claude Escutary

Ranking: 7/10

Proper site. The price is justified by the proximity of the glacier and the center of our stay ville.lors the spa was closed (water scarcity) and paying sauna and wifi $ 4 for 24 hours. The sites are small this is the first time we did not have room to unfold our auvant.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Thomas Blom

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Best holidaypark we visit on our trip. Good facilities en Nice spots.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Stephanie Paton

Ranking: 8/10

Great staff, very helpful after we broke down on our way to Hokitika and had to find emergency accommodation. . Room was beautiful and warm. Bunks beds, but u take what u can get in a pinch. Had our own shower, toilet, tv, and coffee/tea facilities, the only disappointment was the noisy people above us. Stomping and banging till early hours.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Jan Rüegg

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice camping space with lots of plants (it is in the middle of the rainforest, as the name suggests). The staff is very friendly and helpful, while the facilities are excellent (kitchen, showers / toilets, ...). There is a free to use hot tub, that is not very big but quite relaxing. One downside is that the actual camping places for camper vans are pretty small, however, due to all the plants, some privacy is still given.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Bjorn Privat

Ranking: 9/10

Rain in the Rainforest. You can have it here and it is great. We never had so much rain in our life. But to be in the rainforest with so much different plants is a great experience. The slots were very private. We had two smaller ones for us and so the view was spectacular. The facilities were ok. The reception is friendly. You have to go to the hot pools. 36, 38 or 40 hot pools in the rain. After two weeks in a a caravan it is the perfect time off activity.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Andreas Oetjen

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful atmosphere between the trees, tidy and quiet. Restaurant offers yummy, thin pizzas (Pizza Fest every other day: all you can eat for $17)
No free WiFi, therefore only 9 out of 10.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jay

Ranking: 6/10

I wasn't crazy about this place even though the facilities are excellent. It has an urban rainforest feel to it and way too organized. Great staff, etc. I guess I prefer a more rural, isolated DOC type place. For those preferring the amenities to the camping experience will love it here.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Nikolas Gut

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very good campsite, very clean, in the forest, good and cheap restaurant for backpackers.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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tschavalon

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Absolut fantastic atmosphere in the rainforest. Lovely bar but on the camping site it was quiet anyway. Clean facilities. When we were there, it rained cats and dogs the hole day long...

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Charlotte Casey

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Good location. Lively and friendly atmosphere, good WIFI.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Viola

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Clean facilities, best site we have got so far - felt like camping in the rainforest - shady site and very spacious.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Bjoern

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect in the rainforest, nice meals and bar, central.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ene Pold

Estonia

Ranking: 10/10

Great place, super facilities and nice staff.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sybille Willenbrock

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic place, but kitchen and sanitary facilities not so good.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Luca Maria Willensrock

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite right in the rainforest, sanitary facilities are not too good.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Henry Thiel

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

$20 per person just for a park site! Advertising big swimming spa, which turns out to be really small, facilities clean and tidy.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Sofia Anderson

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Very modern and clean. Nice pool!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Evelina Johansson

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

A really clean and cosy place. Big plus, free jacuzzi!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Josefine Hedlund

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Very cosy with the rainforest.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Jennifer Bramstad

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

Good location, free jacuzzi.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Mirjam Betschart

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice location with a whirlpool and sauna.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Andreas Zapke

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Superb setting in rainforest, good space for vehicle, clean.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Simone Pickert

England

Ranking: 8/10

Top! Also great restaurant.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Nora Zeitz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice staff, clean facilities $35 2 people non powered.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Brita Topp

Cambodia

Ranking: 7/10

Convenient, clean, small sites.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Evyatar Karni

Ranking: 10/10

Clean, free spa, fun, big, table at each van spot.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Brian

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice place to camp. Beautiful location with even more beautiful views. Everything was clean. Easy walk to glacier tours and restaurants.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Henrik Joshua

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Our background: We stayed here during our 5 weeks campervan tour through the north and south island. We were 2 adults and a baby (9 months) and travelled with a large campervan.
Rating: beautifully located in kind of a rain forest. Stands on gravel. Showers are limited but good. Additional showers are under construction. Good restaurant on site. Short walk into city center. Kitchen ok. Free spa on site. Laundry good.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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GARRYBLOWER

England

Ranking: 8/10

The site is walking distance from the town centre. The powered sites all have their own tables and chairs and have some privacy. The bar/restaurant on site was packed full of young people staying in the chalets the night we stayed.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Nigel & Annie Dale

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely site, really does feel like you are in the rainforest. Showers and toilets clean & good, renovations underway for an additional block which will make it even better. Staff delightful, $39 for 2 adults & free showers. Nice bar & restaurant on site

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Sandy Goh

Singapore

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place although the number of showers are limited.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Team Kim&James

England

Ranking: 8/10

Busy but pleasant site, set in native forest which was lovely. Good toilet/shower facilities. The spa was broken whilst we were there.

Staff were friendly, particularly the receptionist, although when we enquired about the spa being broken, there was no apology or offer to use the private spa for free.

Food and drink at the on site restaurant was cheap (there is a budget menu available) but it showed in the quality.

Can't remember price exactly but was approx $25 for a powered site

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Sylvia Klatt

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Crowded and narrow, only a few facilities, unfriendly staff.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Gina Lisi

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Very clean and the accommodation was great.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Billy Koichopolos

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Spa and pool.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Steve Maona

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome staff.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Julian Roots

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Ideally situated next to the township. Parked up in a Rain Forest..amazing...views up to snow capped mountains. Amenities were functional and clean. Showers no more than ok. Some noise issues with drunken young uns at the camp centre but overall an interesting site

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Grantygrant

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Its a pretty good place to stay in a campervan, but my wife used the portacom showers and had a very bad time- apparently the whole floor floods.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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annie johnson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

This is a fab spot with a great private spa which is cheap as chips to use. We stayed in our motorhome and it was our favourite camping facility for the whole journey. Highly recommend this place

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Philip Gibbons

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Big campsite, but nice grounds. Little walkways through the trees in & out of the site. Good base if your doing activities early the next morning!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Moni Sangoi

India

Ranking: 8/10

One word that describes it best - HUGE..!!

This park was like you're living in an actual rainforest.. Green & bushy all around, with parking sites between the trees and ample space around to not feel cramped in parking..

Its kitchen, bbq & bathrooms were centrally located and alongside dumping, fresh water and car wash.. They also had hot water pool complimentary with stay..

We loved the entire feel of the park, its location and facilities a lot!

Must-stay if you're in Franz...

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Fred and Carin

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Best spot we ever had. Cleaning toilets and showers not soo good! Students cleaning for a bed and meal; no supervision!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Lydia Holleman

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing setting, good private spa.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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D Pieter

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice location, clean showers and nice people at the reception.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Alison Langley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Site well laid out, services plenty and of really good standard. Really nice site.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Jos Schieveen

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Sights in the 'forest' really nice. Santiary small and not as clean as we expected.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Kali Lohman

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Right in town, beautiful setting among the trees with mountain views, very good facilities. Private sites, friendly staff.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Jurgen Joyce

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Poor kitchen facilities, good location, other facilities were good, nice showers and clean.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Heath

United Kingdom

Ranking: 1/10

We could shake hands with neighbours from our motorhome windows!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Lucy Duffy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

The best campsite we stayed in.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Patrick Grant

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very good, great location, good facilities, perfect bar and restaurant. Showers/toilets could have been better.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Aoife Lillis

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent showers but need more, good bar and restaurant and cooking facilities. But, lots of people from Kiwi Experience bus!!!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Beat Kindler

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderfully located in the Rainforest. Enough place for each campervan.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Simon Fry

England

Ranking: 7/10

Good site with a nice bar/restaurant on site with free drink promotion for guests. Shower rooms needed improving.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Peter Aertssen

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Nice park with lots of private space. Only three showers, in the morning you have to wait for your turn.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Andreas & Leonie Fehr

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

In a middle of the rainforest! Close to town.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Rick Moth

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well laid out site in the centre of Franz Josef although you would not think you were too close to the town. All ammenities on site.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Robert & Bridget Holden

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Bathrooms not very clean, decent basic kitchen with dirty and full fridge.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Seth & Carla

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Reasonably priced for good facilities and friendly service - no oven in the kitchen.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Barrie Corless

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Gets a high mark in spite of barely adequate shower and toilet facilities. Because of it's stunning location - new toilet block planned.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Laura McCusker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Clean and central although small kitchen facilities.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Dean

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Such a pretty campground. All ammenities were modern and clean. Great bar and restaurant with nice food.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Becky Edney

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Paid site - average cost, good facilities in a nice setting.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Thomas Klebensberger

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

$35 powered site for 2 people, free hot tub, nice staff and great location.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Fontvieille

France

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent! Big jacuzi included in the price! Good accommodation. Nice location, in the beach forest.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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nelliekaye

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

Lovely rainforest setting, but very small sites for a large 6 berth camper. Not enough shower facilities for all campers and they smelled funny - I think they were upgrading at the time. Great atmosphere with tourists from all over the world. OK for an overnight stay

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in September 2010

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Melissa

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Stayed here for one night in a campervan on a powered site. Site gravel, so no problems with mud. Did not use kitchen facilities. Female bathrooms adequate with lots of (free) hot water. Male bathrooms in demountable buildings. Laundry facilities limited. Decking surrounding toilets and laundry very slippery in the cold - my husband slipped over. Pleasant forest/bush surroundings.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Sophie Burge

Hong Kong

Ranking: 8/10

Good deal for Spaceships. Decent kitchen facilities, nice bathrooms although some under renovation. Good location.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Chris Ashton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very good facilities and tour rates.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Katherine Forward

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great bar, lovely setting.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Mark Vass

England

Ranking: 3/10

Toilet/shower facilties very poor, they say they will be rebuilt but that won't help me. Only there for two nights.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Gordon Agent

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Not as clean, facilities not as good, mens toilets prefabs.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Claire Colquhoun

England

Ranking: 8/10

Goof facilities and lovely forest surrounding. Free spa pool. Only slight problem was the male toilets and showers were in a portacabin and a bit cramped, other wise very good campsite.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Margit and Corein Groenevelt

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Setting is beautiful but too crowded and facilities very basic.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Mulder & vanNistelrooij

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice location, close to little town, clean showers, good facilities.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Erin

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

It has everything you need. There are a lot of people but if you are camping it is all right. Limited tent space, no grassy areas, it is hard to sleep on pebbles!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Martin

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very unique, surrounded by rainforest, very good facilities, kind and helpful staff at reception.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Doris Neuber

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Good facilties for woman/hot spa pool/missing hairdyer.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Jochen

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

Facitlities small and a little old.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Kai Eppink

Germany

Ranking: 1/10

Tiny sites, dirty kitchen and showers/mens toilets were only temporary. Enclosed restaurant: food not good and waited for one hour.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Matthys Kikke

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

This really was a great park to camp! They were improving on some fascilities, those weren't great. The location was perfect which totally made up for that.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Nicolas

France

Ranking: 5/10

No kitchen, no facilities, price high, only 2 showers for 15 sites!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Mike and Sue Clark

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Happy hour till nine. Excellent bar and food, rainforest atmosphere in park. All facilities.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Mike and Diane Baker

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Very clean, fabulous location, easy walk to shops etc. Was in beautiful bush setting.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Jane Hancock

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning location and perfectly situated for a stroll into town.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Mark Aarts

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

A nice rainforest experience, nearby town centre, glacier guides and hot pools. Nice restaurant too.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Peter and Hilda

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Quiet, beautiful setting. Within walking distance of village and thermal pools.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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johnandgin

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely rainforest setting. Not enough toilets/showers for all the campervans staying overnight.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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HarryS

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

We stayed here in Nvember 2010 (Campervan) Bathroom/Toilet facilities were poor. Would not recommend this park for campers. Restaurant was ok, staff was ok. .

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mathias

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Great setting of the camp and informative and helpful staff.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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Matthias & Ceristiane

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great location!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Mary Van

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Campsites tucked in pretty rainforest with clean facilities and helpful staff. Close to everything so no need to move the van once you are there. Happy we chose to stay here having seen the alternatives.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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antrobdozer

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Best campground we stayed at, in our 3 weeks in NZ. Monsoons Restauarnt and Bar rocks! We were on our honeymoon and I still had to drag my husband home to our motorhome from this great bar! Great facilities and top customer service too.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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susandicus

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We loved it there! We stayed in the hotel and there were kitchen facilities. The bar had great food and drinks...they had a special going where were got 1 free appetizer and drink per meal. There is a little play area for kids that we liked too.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Jonathan Angela

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

A small campground surrounding by rainforest. Includes a bar and restaurant. Facilities are o.k.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Chris Bil

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great pitches, but not one bird heard - you need to see the amount of trees to understand why this was strange!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Sievers

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice atmosphere between the trees. Shower for men in a conainer for men at size of 1.6m only. Ladies shower excellent.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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eowyn2k

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Best setting in Franz Josef, set in beautiful trees and next to the mountains. No wifi which was a bit disappointing but had access in the reception. Helpful staff, facilities under renovation but found the current showers great. It has its own bar which is friendly short walk to the spa or town. Eat at the Blue Ice Cafe, worth every penny!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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SteveB

England

Ranking: 10/10

Different to wake in surroundings of rain forest, inspiring scenery. No bugs either!!
which was nice suprise. Fantastic power showers.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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VincentD

Switzerland

Ranking: 5/10

Location and park arrangement wonderful But very bad facilities.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Steven

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Good value, nice bay, although the showers and toilets weren't the best.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Debbie

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful nature on the campsite and enough facilities

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Rolf X

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Individual sites for campervans. really nice showers. One of the nicest places we've been even though it poured down nonstop the entire time!

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Doris Resch

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Well equipped, good info about things to do in surrounding area.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Luternauer

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Like I imagine New Zealand! Rainforest

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Marshall

United Kingdom

Ranking: 3/10

Prices matched a 5 star but facilities were totally inadequate for the size of site. A major disappointment!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Petra Berrens

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Close to town and a beautiful park.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Joel K

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

$15 per person, with spa for free....... :-D

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Loleit

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Camping directly in the rainforest, great showers, very clean.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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David Hobson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Boring pitches but in middle of rainforest! Good facilities.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Jamie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good facilities, clean & modern, however powered campsites are quite tight & some bigger campers struggled to get in the spaces. You also don't have much room around your campervan.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Jessica

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

Super- cool camping area. You really stay in the rainforest.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Casarotti Luana

Italy

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely Location

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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marcoswi

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Nice location in the middle of the rain forest - a must see!

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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katepat

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Loved it. Clean, big kitchen, global gossip hot spot, pool table, bar, convenience store, what more could you ask for!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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chrish1

England

Ranking: 9/10

Very good showers + facilities, including restaurant + booking of trips for you.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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sophiep

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Free spa. Onsite bar. Very friendly atmosphere + cheap.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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andriesk

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Sanitary standard was borderline. Not enough sinks.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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CarleyJ

England

Ranking: 9/10

Great scenery. Campers all have their own private space.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009