Welcome to Glacier Country! Nestled in the heart of the Tai Poutini Westland National Park and only a 7-minute drive from the Franz Josef township, our brand new little cabin in the paddocks offers stunning views of the Southern Alps and ample privacy in a rural setting. Relax after a fun day of hiking and sightseeing while enjoying our spectacular West Coast sunsets, listening to the native birds, stargazing on the deck or simply being lulled by the rain.
“Absolutely LOVED our stay! Didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to get back. It was pouring for the first day but we were so cozy and warm and snug in the cottage. Everything was exactly as described and the views when the mist cleared were stunning! The bed was super comfy, the shower (needs a review section of its own! The best shower in the world, especially after a cold wet tramp in the forest). Eugenia is just so lovely and you can really feel that a lot of love and effort has gone into this cottage. The little personal touches like the wonderful fruit basket and breakfast and freshly ground coffee, just topped off a perfect stay! Thank you Eugenia, we will definitely be back very soon😁 Alisa and Pete”
Gecko Cottage is a part of Rainforest Retreat that tucked away in a secluded area in the heart of Franz Josef village with a wide range of activities nearby. It offers rustic accommodation with a modern twist hosting up to 2 people! It’s a fantastic place to unwind, recharge, and discover! Maximum occupancy – 2 people.
“Absolutely loved our stay here. Private hot tub only a few seconds from our room which was amazing! So peaceful and quiet and we were over the moon to receive 2 free breakfast hampers! Even washed up our dishes when we were out for the day. Have honestly never received such amazing service in the 3 years we have been travelling. Very comfortable bed, huge room and great coffee and tea selection. Excellent value for money will definitely be back 😊”
This chalet is hand crafted out of native timbers and situated near the bush located next to a beautiful creek. Each chalet is fully self contained with a great deal of privacy. The handcrafted wooden staircase leads to the two bedrooms upstairs. Bathroom, kitchen and livingroom area are downstairs. The Southern Alps are visible from most locations on the property.
“This cosy chalet was perfect for our family of 4. It was only a short 1 night stay to break up a long drive for us but was perfect. It's easy to find and Judith was very accommodating when I asked if we were able to check in early. I hadn't realised there was no TV for the kids, but actually ended up being fine for the amount of time we were there. It was only a few mins drive to Franz, so quite convenient. Would recommend for a family or a couple 😃”