Welcome to Ribbonwood Retreat B & B - our patch of middle earth. We call our place Ribbonwood after the beautiful big tree that grows near our home. Once common, these trees are palatable to possums as well as livestock and are now in decline. We planted Ribbonwoods and many other species to attract native birds back into our garden. Maori proverb: 'if you cut the heart of the flax bush, where will the bellbird sing?'
Ribbonwood is situated just a few minutes drive to the village and 10 minutes drive from the glacier. We can organise a free pick up service for the local restaurants.
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. Enjoy panoramic views of the forests, glaciers and mountains of Westland National Park from your room.The grounds at Ribbonwood are specially landscaped to provide habitat for New Zealand's native birds. Ribbonwood is uniquely situated in a quiet rural landscape, a few minutes drive from the village and ten minutes drive from the glacier. We have several excellent restaurants nearby that offer free transport. Our modern home and cottage feature complimentary high speed Wifi, tiled bathrooms and cork tiled floors (no shoes inside please - we do supply you with complementary slippers.) At Ribbonwood we pride ourselves on our friendly personalised advice, catering for just a few guests at a time because we want you to feel completely at home.
Kereru surveys the scene at Ribbonwood
Views from Ribbonwood's house up to The Glacier Country, Westland National Park
Your hosts Julie and Jonathan
Watch the sunset and listen to the birds from your private deck.