Rainforest Retreat



225 Rankers Reviews

100 Face-to-Face

64 Camping Grounds

69 Dump Station

17 Franz Josef Glacier




Experience true nature in style......

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.

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.

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Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier


  • Dump Station
  • Camping Grounds

Operating Season And Hours

7am - 8pm





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Peter's avatar


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 6 days ago

Anna-Lena's avatar


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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month ago

Olivia's avatar


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 3 months ago

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Jeff's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good facility, close to everything in Franz Josef.

Reviewed 3 months ago

A&E's avatar


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 3 months ago

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Adam's avatar


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 4 months ago

Erin's avatar


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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago

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Kate's avatar


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 9 months ago

Mariette's avatar


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 9 months ago

Maggie's avatar


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 10 months ago