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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Ribbonwood Retreat last week. The room was large and very comfortable. We received a warm welcome and a wonderful recommendation for dinner at the Blue Ice Cafe--including being picked up in a limo!

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Winchester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We stayed 2 nights at the Ribbonwood Retreat, just outside Franz Josef. It was great. Our bedroom on the ground floor was small but perfectly adequate. The private bathroom was large and beautiful. Our rooms were closed off from the main part of the house for privacy. Jo was a perfect host, cooking us terrific breakfasts, helping us with logistics... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

As soon as we arrived, Jo welcomed us with some date and walnut loaf and this typified the welcoming and homely style in which this B&B is run. The B&B is only 5 minutes drive from the town centre and offers accommodation away from the more touristy areas. We stayed in the standalone cottage which is also more private. Jo... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We were here for two nights on the second floor of the house where we had a spacious suite with a balcony overlooking the beautiful scenery. The suite is big enough to sleep a family of 3 or 4 and has a comfortable family feel. This place is indeed a retreat (one would also think New Zealand the whole country... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Ribbonwood Retreat was by far the best stay of our entire vacation. We stayed in one hotel, two B&Bs, and one apartment. Not only was it the nicest of all places we stayed in, but the hospitality simply could not be beat. We had driven from Kaikoura and arrived a bit tired. We pulled in the drive, and a handwritten... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2013

We stayed in the cute and comfortable cottage which has beautiful views of the surrounding area from all its windows. Our host John greeted us with delicious walnut bread and biscotti and gave us recommendations about where to eat for dinner. Breakfast was great with homemade bread and stewed rhubarb from the garden and pleasant conversation with our host. When... More 

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Houston
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Recently friends from New York and Houston shared the beautiful Ribbonwood Retreat. What a delightful property! It is nearly worth the trip to New Zealand just to stay here. (and it is always worth a trip to New Zealand) This was my third trip to the south island and this was the nicest place we ever stayed in on any... More 

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Banchory, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

We really appreciated this welcoming home to stay in. Jo and Julie were fantastic hosts, with friendly chat on all manner of topics, from all the best places to walk to suit our itinerary, to wildlife and challenges in the area. The room upstairs was great, and very comfortable. Excellent breakfasts, especially the fruit pancakes! Interesting to visit Franz Josef,... More 

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Exeter
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We stayed in the immaculate self contained cottage for 3 nights, which we really enjoyed. It is very peaceful and opens on to a private deck. We had visited the area before but our friendly hosts helpfully suggested new places to visit in addition to the glaciers

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Richardson, Texas
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

My husband and I did the big trip down the North island and down the South island and stayed in many places but this was our favorite. Relaxing and able to get completely rested before our next hike out. Joe was so sweet, even gave me his recipe for bread which is oh so yummy. We never met his wife,... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Ribbonwood B & B - a haven for nature lovers. Sleep deeply, breathing fresh clean air! Hosts Jonathan, a wildlife ranger and Julie, international school teacher are experts on history and ecology of the glacier region. We are passionate hikers and bird watchers who can show you the best places to visit. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ribbonwood Retreat

Address: 26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: $269 - $431 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ribbonwood Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Any room is good, they pay attention to detail”
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“Perhaps it would have been even more enjoyable to have stayed in the separate building they have.”
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“Cottage is best, but other rooms also super. All had views.”
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“We had the ground floor apartment in the main building which was superb.”
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