At Ribbonwood Retreat guests will experience privacy, tranquility and kiwi hospitality. Every room has views of farmland, glaciers, sheer mountain peaks and the Okarito forest, home to kiwi.

It's called Ribbonwood after the beautiful big tree that grows near the Retreat.  Once common, these trees are palatable to possums as well as livestock and are now in decline. Hosts Jo and Julie planted Ribbonwoods and many other species to attract native birds into their garden.  Maori proverb: 'if you cut the heart of the flax bush, where will the bellbird sing?'

There is a choice of three different rooms at Ribbonwood:

  1. The Cottage - contains a kitchen and sleeps 3 persons
  2. Waiho Suite - sleeps up to 5 persons in two rooms
  3. Baumann room - is a double room
  • Full English breakfast or continental style breakfast included in tariff
  • Unlimited free WiFi
  • Modern new home

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Situated 5km north of Franz Josef Village

Contact Ribbonwood Retreat Franz Josef Glacier
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Address: 26 Greens Road, Franz Josef Glacier Get Directions