Rainforest Backpackers Retreat, Franz Josef

Franz Josef Glacier
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Very good

Great location in the centre of Franz Joseph. Bar and restaurant on site. We stayed in a 5-bed mixed sex room, which was compact but clean. Mixed sex bathrooms -- fine but a little weird! Large laundry rooms which will come in handy after you've been soaked to the skin on the glacier!


Not bad at all

Lovely setting -- Franz Josef is a beautiful place and the hostel is well placed. Good, cheap food available in the bar/restaurant and there's plenty of drinks offers too. Pool table. Spa and hot pools -- perfect way to warm up after a day trek up the glacier! Only one ATM (cash machine) in Franz Josef so take some cash with you in case it's not working! Plenty of laundry facilities so a good time to sort this chore out! Showers and toilets are shared male and female -- not a problem for most but worth knowing.


Not so great

Huge kitchen with lots of equipment. There is a free spa and Global gossip is located on premises as well. There were 5 bunk beds even though it was advertised as only 4 beds and they weren't all that comfy but I've had worse. Kiwi Experience stays here though which means that it gets left messy and nasty for the rest of us who are not just staying one night. There was lots of noisy partying going on and the bathrooms are unisex meaning by morning there was lots of nice surprises.


Rainforest Backpackers Retreat Reviews from the Web

#1 Mel was the bomb. I lost my wallet and she spent much time contacting contacts down the coast to try to find it. Really excellent. Five stars to Mel.

#2 free drink was great and but food was better and excellent - within a very very cool Monsoon restaurant. Loved atmosphere and service.

#3 rooms great. Clean neat and super for the price. Wifi system great and so very sensible.

#4 lack of visitors a sad worry for everyone. Hope it improves soon!!


Awesome value, felt like a nice hotel for hostel prices. Great wetroom shower, hot tub and sauna


Exceptionally good hostel. Rooms are pristine, kitchen is excellent. Loads of room. Monsoom Bar is great too!

Abundance of amenities both on site and off. Probably the best hostel experience I've had :). Thanks Rainforest Retreat!


Excellent for the family. Loved that you let dogs come and stay too!


This place was awesome. Beautiful location surrounded by forest! My only issue was that some of the stovetop elements don't work unless you have a lighter, and there are no matches or lighters. I had to go to reception to ask for one and she had to go get one from the restaurant. But honestly it's not a big deal. Also the fridge is massive and the spa is very nice and huge. Doesn't really feel like a hostel, feels more like a resort. But that's just fine!


Great place. Not much atmosphere in the backpackers but, but very good facilities.


Really nice and chilled place, the facilities are great, the bar did really good food and drink. And the staff were great all over the site. Can't fault it at all


Very nice stay, the room was clean and warm. The kitchen and lounge are also nice and clean. Plus for sauna and hotpool!


Great little set up, kitchen is huge and well equipped (love the walk in fridge with enough room for everyone's stuff), hot tub and sauna are great! Perfect location, literally a 5 minute walk to the Main Street. Would be nice to have lockers in rooms.


The Rainforest Retreat was very relaxing atmosphere to be in after a day of Sky diving! The room could have been a bit cleaner when we arrived and there is a smell to them (I believe this is likely just the moisture), the room did have a heater which was nice. The communal kitchen and spa where very nice and the restaurant they have on the property is fantastic! Overall would stay again, might just upgrade rooms rather than staying in the 4 bed mixed dorm style.



Oscar and the team are here to look after your needs as well as offering FREE unlimited WIFI, FREE tea & coffee, FREE huge 15 person 40degree bubbly HOT TUB, FREE Scandinavian Sauna, FREE HUGS ;-), FREE GHD hair straighteners and hairdryers in the nicest backpackers bathrooms anywhere. Nightly prizes in the bar for the biggest activities in Queenstown. $5 discount on our all you can eat pizza fest deal with a FREE beer for guests. FREE torches for glow-worm spotting $4 upgrades to en-suite flash-packer dorm rooms. FREE advice and lots of smiley happy people here to make sure you have a brilliant time.

Deep In the heart of West Coast Glacier country, Rainforest Retreat is a great 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.

Located opposite the world famous Glacier Hot Pools and Glacier Guides Base, Rainforest Backpackers offers quality backpacking accommodation.

We have a wide range of room options including our private double or twin rooms: Tree Lodges, Tree Huts, Park Motels, En-suite Queen rooms, En-suite Flash-packer doubles, and very cool beds in sheds.

For dorm accommodation choose from our funky En-suite 4 Bed Flash-packer dorms, and 4 to 8 bed shared dorms. we have accommodation to suit every need and budget.

Rainforest Backpackers was architecturally designed and landscaped to merge into the existing rainforest environment whilst maximising the awesome alpine and glacier views. Park sites are also on site for campers and vans.

The Onsite Monsoon bar and restaurant will quite probably be your favourite bar in NZ, with roaring fires, regular DJ's, nightly prizes and giveaways for all your favourite activities. The Monsoon restaurant will satisfy your hunger whatever your budget with all you can eat pizza nights, backpacker meal deals and a specially created a la carte menu specially designed by our head chef Ronald Lacanilao, who has created a menu of mouth-watering delicacies to treat you after a hard day glacier exploring.

Reception hours 7am – 8pm

Check in from 1pm, Check out by 10am

No age restrictions

Come and stay at Rainforest Backpackers, it's not just accommodation, it's an experience!

Location and Contact


• Rainforest Backpackers is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef. It is in the hub of the township where there are shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and tourist activity centres.
• From the township, turn into Wallace St. then Cron St.



Address: 46 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier), New Zealand

Rainforest Backpackers Retreat is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Rainforest Backpackers Retreat Franz Josef www.rainforestretreat.co.nz
Phone Number: 03 752 0220
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage



Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Hot tub/Jacuzzi



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Wheelchair Accessible



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